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NNDCC/NJROTC Program 2015


 Ever wondered what’s involved with the Grenada NNDCC/NJROTC PROGRAM, but were afraid to ask? Never fear, the answers are here! (And if they’re not, feel free to call Chief Reese Foreman, GHS Naval Science Instructor, at 6622268596) On April 29, 2011, the Navy established a Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) program . The NNDCC program provides schools that do not qualify for a Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) unit an opportunity to provide a similar program.

The NJROTC accredited 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. The program is designed to expand students’ values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extracurricular activities based in community service; academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions; field meets; flights; and visits to naval bases or other activities. Marksmanship sports training and physical fitness training also play a key role in the program.

What does the NNDCC program do?
• Promotes Patriotism
• Develops informed and responsible citizens
• Develops respect for constructed authority
• Develops leadership potential
• Promotes high school completion
• Promotes higher education
• Promotes community service
• Develops a high degree of personal honor, selfreliance, individual discipline and leadership
• Promotes an understanding of the basic elements and need for national security
• Provides information on the military services as a possible career
• Provides an alternative to gangs
• Provides incentive to live healthy and drug free

What are the student enrollment eligibility requirements?
• Be enrolled in and attending a regular course of instruction in a grade 9 through 12 at the school hosting the unit.
• Be selected by the NNDCC instructor with the approval of the school principal or his/her representative.
• Maintain acceptable standards of academic achievement and an academic standing that warrants at least normal progression leading to graduation.
• Maintain acceptable standards of conduct.
• Comply with specified personal grooming standards. Common sense and good judgment apply to the attainment of these standards. Standards will not be relaxed so as to reflect discredit upon the naval service.

What are the benefits of NNDCC?
• Approximately 60 percent of the NNDCC cadets who are graduating seniors continue to higher education.
• The NNDCC program is motivational in encouraging cadets to graduate from high school and continue to higher education offering free ACT/SAT preparation.
• NNDCC cadets are better behaved, have higher attendance, are role models for the avoidance of substance abuse, have higher selfesteem, develop positive life skills, on average have higher grade point averages and graduate at a higher rate.
• Cadets learn the value of teamwork and individual accomplishments from belonging to NNDCC.
• The character education in NNDCC teaches values, principles, and selfdiscipline promoting positive, productive behaviors and provides a support structure that is critical not only in helping cadets avoid the use of drugs, but living a healthy and fit lifestyle.
• NNDCC provides the opportunity for secondary school students to learn the basic elements of and the need for national security and their personal obligations as Americans.
• The program enhances the image of the military in the eyes of the community by providing a chance for success to the nation's youth.
• While the training is along military lines, it is conducted so as to encourage initiative and individuality to develop natural gifts, to teach selfcontrol, develop personal character, responsibility and qualities of integrity, loyalty, and dedication.
• Cadets accepted for enlistment, who provide evidence of successful completion of at least three years of NNDCC are entitled to advanced promotion to pay grade E3 upon initial enlistment in an active or reserve component of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, and pay grade E2 in the Marine Corps. Those who complete two years are entitled to E2 (except in the Marine Corps and Air Force).
• The Naval Science Instructor is authorized to nominate a maximum of three eligible cadets each year to compete for U.S. Naval Academy appointments.
• Administrators of host schools that are designated as Distinguished Units with Academic Honors may nominate three eligible NNDCC cadets as candidates for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy in addition to the three nominations above to the U.S. Naval Academy.

If you are a Grenada High School student interested in joining the NNDCC or know someone who is interested, contact any GHS cadet, the GHS student counselors, or Chief Foreman at 662-226-8596 for more information.