Grenada High School NJROTC/NNDCC
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 pay grade 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, and 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 25 different states.
NNDCC 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 NNDCC 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 NNDCC 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, and 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 NNDCC 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, Physical 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 NNDCC 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
Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps/ Navy National Defense Cadet Corps
What experience are you required to have prior to joining NNDCC?
You are not required to have any experience in the military prior to joining NNDCC. In this course, you learn all there is to know about the military. If you are considering joining the military after high school, this course will guide you along that path, explaining all elements of the military and helping you to make a great impact in your self-confidence and discipline. If you decide instead to enter the civilian job market or a non-military oriented college, the leadership skills, self-discipline and self-confidence will continue to help you meet life's challenges throughout your life.
Are you required to join the military after your time in NNDCC?
Service in the military after NNDCC is not mandatory, although it would be a great path to succeed. While you are under no obligation to join the armed services, some actually enlist and/or become commissioned officers. Successful completion of the NNDCC program allows entry into the armed forces at up to two pay grades higher than enlistees without JROTC experience. With complete dedication and hard work, cadets fulfill their highest expectations and dreams. Cadets have been accepted into exceptionally high-rated universities and into military academies to become officers in the armed forces. Many scholarships are available to those cadets that apply for college ROTC and the military academies, some worth in excess of $288,000. These are just a few paths that NNDCC opens up to the cadets enrolled in Naval Science.
What do you learn during your time in NNDCC?
The Naval Science curriculum is designed as a four year program. It consists of a combination of formal academic instruction, military skill development, and physical fitness training supplemented by ship training cruises, orientation visits, and field trips to various military activities to enhance classroom studies and open military fields of interest. The NJROTC curriculum includes twenty four different subject areas from naval orientation and seamanship to astronomy and oceanography, history from early western civilization to the 1990's and beyond. Throughout, strong emphasis is placed on leadership, personal honor, self-reliance and self-discipline.
What are the uniform days and which uniform am I expected to wear?
A uniform is required for each individual cadet. Normally, uniform day will be on Thursdays.
NJROTC has precision drill teams, color guards, orienteering teams, Air Rifle teams and more. GHS is number 4 in the state for Physical Training. This year we will be adding the Sea Perch and Brain Brawl teams. Each of these activities allows you the opportunity to earn a school varsity script letter. You can do as many or none of the outside classroom activities.. You can also earn ribbons and other awards for many activities. In addition, social activities include: the annual Navy Ball, awards ceremony, picnics; BBQ’s, Base visits and ship tours, and lots more.