School Year 2018-2019 Parent Letter

     Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) is an elective at Cherokee High School and is beginning its 10th year in 2018-2019. The program focuses on developing a cadet’s level of confidence, self-discipline, leadership skills and his or her commitment for community service and involvement. To accomplish this we need your help to encourage your son or daughter to participate in our after school activities. The NJROTC class by itself familiarizes the cadets with basic leadership/followship/military skills. To get the most out of the class the cadets should participate in our drill teams, color guard, academic teams, raider teams, and community service events.

 Each summer we hold one to two one week long camps at the New York Military Academy near West Point, NY or Camp Smith, New York and we also send two students to the Naval War College in Rhode Island for a Leadership Academy and finally New Cadet Indoc here at Cherokee HS.

       Cadets who are interested in military service can also obtain advance pay grades and Military Academy nominations and scholarships by successfully participating in NJROTC. The NJROTC program is not a recruiting base for military service and there is no obligation for future military service. 

     Our unit has two Naval Science Instructors, Major Rory F. Meehan, USMC (Retired). The Major is a native of the Garden state and has 30 years of service in the Marines and Chief Barry Harvey, USN (Retired) is a Pennsylvania native with more than 24 years of service in the Navy.
     The unit is once again about to embark on an exciting year filled with experiences designed to have the cadets learn about our nation and our history. We hope to open their eyes to their responsibilities as global citizens and prepare them for their future as good and productive citizens of our nation.  

     The program centers on the continual exposure of cadets to the leadership processes and by so doing works to instill in cadets the interpersonal tools that facilitate getting along with others.  Cadets learn that they may not always like each other but that to achieve a common mission they must adapt and work together.  The majority of those who quit or are fired from a job do so because they could not get along with others.  JROTC strives to teach the cadets how to reduce conflicts and reduce the stress created by personality differences.  To accomplish this objective the JROTC model provides a mechanism to achieve leadership and follower-ship techniques that will benefit the cadet throughout life.  The military model is service centered.  The cadet learns that a leader has to accomplish the mission while taking care of the welfare of his or her subordinates. 
     A JROTC environment also provides practical experience in leadership training. Cadets are able to observe others in the leadership arena and to analyze what is good and what is bad about the techniques being displayed.  The cadet also is allowed to make mistakes and to learn from these to become a better leader.  
     JROTC also strives to teach follower-ship, which is not blind obedience, but rather, the importance of working as a team and to focus on others rather than self.  The cadet learns that she/he is an important part of the team; that through teamwork, missions can be accomplished.  Follower-ship is a prerequisite for moving into the leadership portion of the program.  The cadet learns and experiences what it is to be the foundation of an organization and in so doing develops empathy that will serve the cadet in later life.  This appreciation of subordinates will be of great value in the decision-making process.  Such a mind-set allows the cadet to realize his/her attributes and how they contribute to the betterment of the group.  One must learn to follow before one can lead. 
The JROTC model also strives to instill discipline, defined as self-control.  In today’s society, this is important.  We see today a self-centeredness that spawns immediate self-gratification and a lack of regard for others.  Discipline strives to suppress these two forces and to teach the cadet to control urges and to resist temptation.  Immediate self-gratification is delayed as the cadet learns to think through the consequences to her/his actions.  
     In addition, the JROTC model has a built-in positive reinforcement program through promotions and awards. Cadets move up the ladder based on their academic, military and socialization/maturation achievements.  The visible accoutrements of rank as well as added privileges motivate positive behavior. 
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            Our email addresses are listed below. We would be glad to answer any of your questions.    
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Semper Fidelis
Rory F Meehan                                               Barry M. Harvey 
Major USMC (Ret)                                         Chief, USN (Ret.)
Senior Naval Science Instructor                   Naval Science Instructor