The Naval Reserve Junior Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program was established by Public Law in 1964 and may be found in Title 10, U.S. Code, Chapter 102. The program is conducted at nearly 625 accredited secondary schools throughout the nation by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, Coast Guard officers, and enlisted personnel. Middletown High School’s unit was established in 1987 and currently has over 150 students enrolled as cadets representing all portions of the broader school population.
Cadets participate in a well-respected academic program accredited by the Southern Association of Schools and Colleges and receive one elective credit for each year they complete. The NJROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as: the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation, and meteorology. Additionally, students develop self-confidence, discipline, and leadership skills by filling increasingly challenging leadership positions in the cadet battalion. Cadets also participate throughout the year in community service activities, drill competitions, field meets, orientation flights, visits to ships and naval bases, voluntary marksmanship training, and various other activities.
The program is not a recruiting effort and students incur no cost or military obligation. Uniforms, textbooks, training aids, travel allowance, and a substantial portion of instructors' salaries are provided by the Navy.
For further information, contact Commander Andrew N. Wall, U.S. Navy (Retired), Chairperson, at (845) 326-1578.