NJROTC Program Benefits
The values, principles, and self-discipline taught in NJROTC promote positive, productive behaviors and provide a support structure critical in helping cadets avoid using drugs and joining gangs. The program promotes the moral and ethical development so lacking today, not just in our society, but in many homes as well.
While the training is along military lines, it is conducted so as to encourage initiative and individuality to help develop a cadet's natural gifts. It especially promotes and develops a cadet's leadership potential. Once cadets demonstrate leadership skills, they may attend basic leadership training, or leadership academies. While in NJROTC cadets will be challenged to lead and direct the efforts of others and to accept responsibility for their own successes and failures. NJROTC instills leadership skills, self-control, personal responsibility, and the qualities of integrity, loyalty, and dedication.
High School Graduation:
NJROTC cadets are better behaved and have higher school attendance records than most high school students. The program is very motivational in encouraging cadets to graduate from high school. The majority, more than 60%, continue on to higher education including Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) programs and military academies.
Cadets who have completed 2 years of NJROTC and are recommended by their Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI) receive special consideration for an ROTC scholarship. Applicants selected for the program receive full tuition, book stipends, educational fees, and other financial benefits at over 100 of the country's leading colleges and universities. ROTC scholarship applicants must: - Be U.S. Citizens.- Be 17 years old by September 1st of the year starting college. - Be a high school graduate or possess equivalency certificate by August 1 of the same year.- Have at least a qualifying score of 22 Math and 22 English on American College Test (ACT) or at least a 520 Math and 530 Verbal on the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT).
The Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI) is authorized to nominate a maximum of three eligible cadets each year to compete for U.S. Naval Academy appointments. In addition to the three nominations from the SNSI to the U.S. Naval Academy, administrators of schools designated as Distinguished Units with Academic Honors may also nominate three eligible NJROTC cadets to compete for appointment to any of the military academies--the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy.
Military Career Assistance:
Cadets desiring a military career can enlist and receive assistance if they can present evidence of successful completion of at least two to three years of NJROTC.
2 years - E-2 Cadets accepted for enlistment who provide evidence of successful completion of 2 years of an NJROTC program are entitled to be enlisted in pay grade E-2 (except in the Marine Corps and Air Force). This program would save them advancement time and they would earn more money as well.
3 years - E-3 Cadets are entitled to be promoted to pay grade E-3 upon initial enlistment in an active or reserve component of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, and pay grade E-2 in the Marine Corps. Without the NJROTC experience, cadets would enlist at the E-1 level and serve 18 months to 2 years before they are eligible for promotion to E-3. A cadet who completes the program and joins the military as an E-3 would get a difference of approximately $250.00 per month over an E-1. An enlistee with 3 years NJROTC cadet experience would also be eligible for promotion to E-4 in six months vice 18 months. So as you can see, NJROTC not only saves a cadet advancement time but it also allows them to earn a lot more money early in their enlistment.
Civilian Marksmanship Scholarship:
The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) offers $1000 scholarships to NJROTC cadet seniors who excel in air rifle marksmanship. The cadets must enroll in college ROTC and meet CMP selection criteria.
Physical Fitness (PT):
Cadets are encouraged to participate in the physical fitness program. When they pass the voluntary PT test, they are awarded the NJROTC Physical Fitness ribbon. Cadets participate in local, regional, and national competitions that include physical fitness throughout the year.
As mentioned previously, cadets have numerous team activities associated with NJROTC, such as color guard, drill both with and without arms, academic, orienteering, marksmanship, sailing, and athletic. They use the skills acquired in these activities to participate in many local, regional, and national competitions, usually on weekends or during the summer.
Most units have picnics, parties, and social gatherings. Cadets attend both formal and informal dances. Military balls are formal dinner and dancing events. Other formal activities include dinings-in or dinings-out, and honors and awards ceremonies. These are formal dinner functions. Dining-in is for unit members only while dining-out can include parents, friends and other civilians.
Cadets will be active in various school and community service projects serving the less fortunate, the poor, and the needy. It teaches cadets what public service is all about-the aspect of citizenship that demonstrates responsibility and humility. The school and community service activities bring positive recognition to the cadets, their unit, school, and school district.
One of the important benefits of NJROTC is the orientation trip. Cadets get to participate in field trips to military installations and aboard Navy ships. These trips give cadets opportunities to relate NJROTC curriculum material to real life. They also offer opportunities for cadets to assume leadership roles and develop leadership skills.