NJROTC Emphasizes Success

     Published on 10/25/16   Tagged under:    Academics    PSLA @ Fowler   

      The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps or NJROTC is a nationwide program offered as a career and technical education (CTE) pathway for students of the Public Service Leadership Academy (PSLA) at Fowler High School. The NJROTC curriculum is taught by retired Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard personnel and emphasizes citizenship and leadership development as well as naval topics such as navigation and meteorology. Participating students do not necessarily intend to join the military on graduation, regardless of their chosen career they gain skills that lead to success.  

     NJROTC students take part in a variety of competitive teams such as armed drill, drill team, academic team and color guard. They participate in national competitions such as the national CyberPatriot Competition. Cadets also have the opportunity to attend Navy STEM camps held at the US Naval Academy as well as other NJROTC camps across the country. Ribbons and medals are awarded for a variety of achievements such as recruiting, physical training, personal appearance, community services and so on. Cadets can advance in rank by displaying leadership ability, showing knowledge of the regulations and maintaining high academic achievement.

     NJROTC stresses community involvement. Cadets assist in a variety of service activities. Whether it is welcoming veterans on the Honor Flight, participating in Veteran’s Day parades, providing Color Guard services or volunteering with programs like Big Brothers and Big Sisters, cadets are active and involved. Service hours are a mandatory part of the curriculum.

     Unlike the other CTE pathways offered by PSLA@Fowler, NJROTC is a four year sequence of instruction. Completion of the NJROTC program makes students eligible to apply for a Naval ROTC Scholarship as well as local and regional scholarships from the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Because of the program’s emphasis on focus, responsibility and discipline NJROTC cadets leave high school with strong skills to include on college and job applications. A graduating cadet has four years of proven leadership experience and community service.

     8th graders who think they might be interested in joining the program are welcome to shadow a cadet for a day. Contact Gunnery Sgt. Collins through the PSLA@Fowler High School main office or speak with a middle school guidance counselor for help in setting up a visit.