Twenty-seven years ago, Col. List and Capt. Arje started the program called NJROTC at Havelock High School. NJROTC stands for Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps. This program instructs the cadets who join to be better citizens, to better themselves, and to dedicate themselves to the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. There are many opportunities NJROTC offers including Academic, Athletic, Air Rifle, Drill team, Orienteering, and more. NJROTC is more than just a unit. NJROTC is a team full of trustworthy leaders aspiring to do the best they can. Major Alex McCriaght and AO1 Dustin Edsall are the current program leaders.
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Naval Science Curriculum Description
WHAT ABOUT THE CURRICULUM? Havelock High Schools Naval Science Program is constructed to include four academic classroom sessions on Monday, Tuesday,Thursday and Friday. Drill will be conducted the second half of the period on Tuesday and Thursday and Physical Training will be conducted at the second half of the period on Monday and Fridays. Uniform day is usually every Wednesday. Students will be inspected (to practice attention to detail), learn small unit leadership and drill.
WHAT SUBJECTS ARE INCLUDED IN THE CURRICULUM? The Naval Education and Training Command routinely updates the curriculum to include new texts, instructional materials and lesson plans. The curriculum is developed and revised by civilian educators and the NJROTC instructors. The wide variety of subjects includes the following:
- NAVAL ORIENTATION -- A basic introduction to the Navy -- customs, traditions, and way of life.
- NAVAL OPERATIONS/ORGANIZATION -- Familiarizes the student with national strategy and naval forces, daily military operations, training, exercises, drills, and shipboard organizations.
- NAVAL HISTORY -- History of the United States Navy from the colonial period to the present.
- NAVIGATION -- An introduction to piloting and celestial navigation.
- SEAMANSHIP -- An introduction to the general subjects of seamanship that include anchoring and mooring, ship handling, small boats, weather, ship construction, and steering and propulsion systems.
- LEADERSHIP -- An ongoing study of the principles and practical application of leadership with emphasis on providing opportunities for students to exercise and develop their own leadership abilities.
- ASTRONOMY -- A study of astronomy and its application to celestial navigation.
- ELECTRONICS -- An introduction to electronics as the basis for shipboard radar, sonar, communications, and guidance systems.
- OCEANOGRAPHY -- Provides information on the collection and dissemination of hydrographic and navigational data of the world's ocean systems.
- DRILLS, COMMANDS, AND CEREMONIES -- Includes individual, squad, platoon, and company close order drill; rotation of command; personnel inspections; and parade in company review.
- HEALTH -- The cadets study health and fitness, which includes human anatomy, how the body is affected with illegal drugs, disease, proper dieting, first aid, muscle groups, and identify the advantages of nutrition and fitness.
- PHYSICAL FITNESS -- An ongoing instruction on how to exercise properly as well as the importance of exercise. Individual exercise skills as well as team building concepts are applied.
NJROTC CURRICULUM DESCRIPTION
NAVAL SCIENCE 1. PURPOSE: To introduce students to the meaning of citizenship, the elements of leadership, and the value of scholarship in attaining life goals; develop a sound appreciation for the heritage and traditions of America, with recognition that the historically significant role of sea power will be important in America's future; develop in each cadet a growing sense of pride in his/her organization, associates, and self. These elements are pursued at the fundamental level. COURSE CONTENT: Includes introduction to the NJROTC program; Introduction to Leadership, Naval Ships; The Navy's mission and Organization, The Nation, Navy and the People in American Democracy, Maritime Geography, Sea power and Challenge, Naval History through 1815, Introduction to Navigation and Time, Basic Seamanship, Oceanography, Health Education, including First Aid, Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Abuse Prevention.
NAVAL SCIENCE 2 . PURPOSE: Build on the general introduction provided in Naval Science 1, to further develop the traits of citizenship and leadership in cadets, introduce cadets to technical areas of naval science, and engender a deeper awareness of the vital importance of the world oceans to the continued well-being of the United States. COURSE CONTENT: Includes ongoing instruction in leadership theory, Naval Orientation and Career Planning, Citizenship in the U.S. and Other Countries, Naval History: 1815 through 1930, Naval Ships and Shipboard Evaluations, Naval Weapons: Gunnery, Guided Missiles and Mines, Navigation Fundamentals and Rules of the Road, Small Boat Seamanship, Meteorology and Weather, and Survival Training and Orienteering.
NAVAL SCIENCE 3. PURPOSE: Broaden the understanding of students in the operative principles of military leadership, the concept and significance of teamwork, the intrinsic value of good order and discipline in the accomplishment of objectives, the fundamentals of American democracy, and to expand their understanding of naval academic subjects. COURSE CONTENT: Includes ongoing instruction in leadership and discipline, Military Justice, Astronomy, International Law and the Sea, National Strategy, Sea Power and Naval Operations, Naval History: 1930 through the Nuclear Age, Naval Intelligence and National Security, Maneuvering Board, Challenges of Future Navy Research, and Electricity and Naval Electronics.
NAVAL SCIENCE 4. PURPOSE: This course is focused solely on practical leadership. The intent is to assist the senior in understanding leadership and improving their leadership skills by putting them in positions of leadership, under supervision, then helping them analyze the reasons for their varying degrees of success through the year. Classroom activities include seminars, reading assignments, classroom presentations, and practical work with younger cadets. COURSE CONTENT: Includes instruction in theoretical and applied aspects of leadership, training, and evaluation of performance. Students will become aware of the techniques used to create motivation, develop goals and activities for a work group, and the proper ways to set a leadership example. Cadets will also apply these principles when dealing with younger cadets in the areas of military drill and inspections, athletic events, and in other school activities.