Grenada High School is proud to be the home of the NJROTC/NNDCC (Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps/Navy National Defense Cadet Corps). The mission of the NJROTC program is to instill in students the ideals of Leadership, Character, Honor, and Service as the foundation for success in life. Although the program incorporates traditional military values and organization as a framework, it is not a recruiting program and participants are under no obligation or commitment to serve in the armed forces. However, for those who are interested in military service, benefits of successful participation in the program include qualification for a higher paygrade upon enlistment in any branch of service, as well as opportunities for college ROTC scholarships or service academy appointments. The program's focus on order, precision, self-discipline, respect for authority, ethical behavior, patriotism, service, and citizenship is designed to prepare students for success in life, regardless of their future plans.
The program is led by Chief Newtroin Foreman,originally from Dallas, Texas. He served 24 years in the Navy, traveling to over 30 different countries and 20 different states.
NJROTC is a citizenship development program that instills service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment in students in United States secondary educational institutions. The NJROTC program teaches cadets self-discipline, self-confidence and leadership skills to help meet life's challenges and helps prepare them for life after high school regardless of what career path they decide to take. About 60 percent of class time is devoted to traditional instruction and 40 percent is spent practicing and honing leadership and followership skills, which includes instruction and practice in uniform wear and personnel inspections, drill, and physical training. Cadets wear their uniforms at least once a week for class meetings.
The program is conducted throughout the nation by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. The NJROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, drill competition, field meets, flights, visits to naval activities, marksmanship training, and other military training. Uniforms, textbooks, training aids, travel allowance, and a substantial portion of instructors' salaries are provided by the Navy.
Cadets also undertake community service and outreach activities including environmental and conservation work; service to youth, the elderly, and the less fortunate; service to deployed military members and their families, veterans, and wounded service members; as well as support to local community activities and civic events (parades, wreath-laying ceremonies, commemorations, etc.)
The GHS NJROTC Unit has formed several extra-curricular teams which practice before and/or after school and perform or compete with similar teams from other JROTC units across the area and nation. Teams include Drill/Color Guard, Orienteering, Fitness, Academic, and Marksmanship. These teams provide additional opportunities for cadet leaders to hone their management, leadership and planning skills, while providing participants the chance to have fun and compete, building esprit-de-corps as they put into practice precepts of focus, discipline, orderliness, attention to detail, self-control and teamwork.
The NJROTC has the following basic objectives:
a. Promote patriotism
b. Develop informed and responsible citizens
c. Promote habits of orderliness and precision, and develop respect for constituted authority
d. Develop a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance,
individual discipline, and leadership
e. Promote an understanding of the basic elements and requirements for national security
f. Develop respect for and an understanding of the need for constituted authority in a democratic society
g. Develop an interest in the military service as a possible career