Navy JROTC Program

Overall Navy JROTC objectives: The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program provides an opportunity for secondary school students to learn the basic elements and requirements for national security and their personal obligations as American citizens to contribute to national security.  NJROTC is a citizenship development program designed to give students a head start while developing self-discipline, self-confidence, and leadership skills to help students successfully meet life’s challenges. People who are successful in life, who succeed in business, industry, and education, have developed strong self-discipline, the ability to show initiative and the ability to motivate. The NJROTC curriculum and instructional activities are designed to develop leadership ability regardless of one’s career path. 

Cherokee NJROTC Charter: The Cherokee High School Navy JROTC unit received its official charter on 29 January 2009.

U.S. Navy Support and Supervision: The United States Navy supports the NJROTC program to the fullest extent possible to meet its stated objectives. There are more than 500 NJROTC programs in schools across the continental USA, and in Alaska, Hawaii, Guam, Japan, and Italy. 

  1. Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) is assigned overall responsibility for the NJROTC program. This includes certification of Naval Science instructors, textbooks, uniforms, logistical support to units, and inspection of the NJROTC units.
  2. The Naval Education and Training Commander (NETC) executes the program and there are a number of NJROTC Area Managers, each responsible for the supervision of school programs in several states. Cherokee High School falls within the regional responsibility of Area Four (4) with headquarters in Philadelphia, PA.

Instructors: NJROTC programs are required to have a minimum of two (2) qualified instructors, one Naval Science Instructor (NSI) and one Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI) to serve as the Head of the Naval Science Department and maintain overall responsibility of the program's administration, operation and training. NJROTC instructors are qualified officers and non-commissioned officers who have retired from active duty military service, after a minimum of 20 years of service. Both Cherokee NJROTC instructors are employees of Lenape Regional High School District and they are certified to teach by both the U.S. Navy and the state of New Jersey.