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Colts Neck High School

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The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) is a four-year leadership and character development program. The mission of the overall NJROTC Magnet Program is to instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. We strive to instill the core values of honor, courage, and commitment.  The hallmark of our unit are the values of citizenship and service to the community upon which students individually build a foundation of trust and leadership. The NJROTC Instructors build cadets' individual self-confidence and leadership abilities to enable them to succeed and excel, individually and collectively.

The Navy Junior ROTC's curriculum consists of four areas of study: leadership, academics, military skills, and physical fitness. Leadership studies emphasize individual character development through increased self-discipline, dependability and teamwork. NJROTC academics cover naval sciences and how the US Navy has and continues to impact our nation's history and security. Military skills training includes building teamwork through drill and ceremonies, an understanding of military customs and courtesies, and extracurricular activities. Physical fitness requires daily attendance at physical training sessions conducted by NJROTC Instructors.

CNHS NJROTC cadets achieve their educational objectives by working within the framework of a military style organization that offers them opportunities for travel to interesting destinations, as well as participation in unique extracurricular activities and numerous community service events. Individual cadets are encouraged to seek and attain promotions to military ranks that will enable them to achieve the levels of individual responsibilities they desire.

Since 2009, the CNHS NJROTC has earned the Distinguished Unit with Honors distinction and is ranked second out of all Naval Junior ROTC units worldwide, of which there are 573.  In 2014 through 2017, our cadets have been the NJROTC Area 4 Academic, Athletic, and Drill Champions. Nationally , they are tenth in the National Academic, Athletic, and Drill Championship. Likewise, since 2014, they have been the Area 4 Orienteering Team Champions; nationally they placed eighth.  In the 2017 New Jersey State Physical Fitness Team Championship, our female cadets took second place and our male cadets took third place.  Finally, our students perform over 10,000 service hours annually to their communities, school, and unit.

The program's success is also evident in its students' post-graduate achievements. Students have been selected to the US Military Academy at West Point, the US Air Force Academy, and the Merchant Marine Academy. Additionally, students have continued their ROTC training at Villanova University, Yale University, Columbia, Arizona State, Penn State, and more.  Ultimately, some students do not decide to pursue this military path, but choose traditional institutions such as those already mentioned along with other outstanding institutions of higher learning around the nation.  Many of our cadets have earned full athletic scholarships and many more earn academic scholarships and grants.