Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC)
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The United States government in 1964 established the United States Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Program. The mission of NJROTC was and is today to promote patriotism, develop responsible citizens, develop respect for authority, promote leadership, promote an understanding of the basic elements and the need for national security, provide information for a possible military career, promote community service, provide a positive alternative to gangs, promote high school completion, and provide incentive to live a healthy and drug free life.
Two retired Naval Veterans instruct the program. The Senior Naval Science Instructor is Commander John J. DeCavage USN (Ret), and the Naval Science Instructor is Chief Petty Officer Julian Osborne USN (Ret).
The NJROTC curriculum includes leadership, seamanship, communications, sea power, naval history, naval weapon systems, oceanography, astronomy, weather, and strategy. NJROTC also offers several extracurricular activities such as drill team competitions, color guard performances, air rifle team, and academic competitions. In 2003, the Paint Branch High School NJROTC Unit was created. Thirty-six cadets began the school year as members of the very first Paint Branch NJROTC unit. At the end of the year, the unit's ranks had grown to sixty-eight cadets. Currently there are currently 175 cadets for the 2014-2015 school year.
The United States Navy sponsors NJROTC. The Navy free of charge provides all books, equipment and uniforms. NJROTC also provides information for those who wish to join the Armed Services but service in the military is NOT required after completion of the NJROTC curriculum. All NJROTC participants who enlist in the United States Military are instantly promoted upon completion of boot camp. NJROTC participation is also a major help for those who wish to apply to any of the United States Service Academies or a ROTC scholarship.
Chain of Command
Commander: Cadet LTC Jenny
Cadet Executive Officer: Cadet Ensign Kenny Cordon
Cadet Operations Officers: Cadet LT Aaron Kassman
Cadet Supply Officer: Cadets LT Shua Shin and Ensign Andrew Tetteh
Administrations Officer: Cadet SC/PO Jessica Pacheco
Company Master Chief: Cadet MC/PO Christian Stearn
Cadet Public Affairs Officer: Cadet
LT Shua Shin
Cadet Training Command Officer: Cadet
Ensign Phillip Skibicki
Cadet Master at Arms: Cadets MC/PO
Steven Holman and SC/PO Nathan Chen
Team: Cadet Cadet LT Aaron Kassman
Team: Cadets LT Eyuel Dagnchew
LT Shua Shin
Color Guard: Cadet Cadet Ensign Phillip Skibicki
Commander: Cadet SC/PO Trevor McDowell
Personnel Inspection Team: LTC Jenny Ewane
Team: Cadet SC/PO Cooper Quinn
Service: Cadet C/PO Schiff
Team: Cadet MC/PO Caleb Blaise
NJROTC Field Trips
On Friday, February 10th, 22 cadets from Paint Branch NJROTC took a field trip to Washington D.C. The purpose of the trip was to participate in a mentoring session attended by senior members of the military, government, and executive agencies. The wealth of information provided by the senior officials proved helpful to many of the cadets. Cadets participated in roundtable discussions with people such as Admirals, Generals, and various others. Cadets were mentored and received advice that will help them in their academic endeavours. In addition, many points of contact were established between several cadets and the senior officials who mentored them. As described by Cadet Lieutenant Junior Grade Krystyn Asheikaa “the mentoring experience provided by the field trip was very useful and I think that I will benefit from it in the long run”. She especially benefitted from the experience due to her having established a point of contact with an NCIS Special Agent which could lead to her receiving an internship with the program later on down the road. Moreover, the experience was an invaluable one to the cadets of Paint Branch NJROTC and will stick with them for years to come.
The PBHS NJROTC unit takes several trips per year. On average, the unit takes five one day field trips to various locations in and around Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington D.C. During these field trips the unit visits various museums, attends military ceremonies, and participates in parades and veterans events. Every Fall, the unit takes a five day trip to the Tidewater, VA area were the cadets have an opportunity to visit various military instillations as well as participate in various military training venues. A trip to Busch Gardens is usually included. These field trips are a major part of the NJROTC curriculum, and give the cadets a chance to actually see and do many of the principals that are taught in class.
Annapolis Field Trip
September 26th: Annapolis
Burtonsville Day Parade
Norfolk Field Trip
October 24th: Seneca Valley
October 31st La Plata Field
November 6th: American
Veterans Conference Field Trip
November 7th: Kennedy Drill
November 11th: Veterans Day
Field Trip To Arlington/ D.C.
November 17th: AMI
December 5th: All Area Five
January 9th: Gaithersburg
January 30th Patuxent Drill
February 6th: Calvert Drill
March 19th: Area 5 Northern
Regional Drill/Athletic Meet
May 30th: Memorial Day at
Arlington/Parade in D.C.
TBD: Parris Island/Florida Field Trip
NJROTC Color Guard Team
- Color Guard Team Commander: Cadet Ensign
- Assistant Color Guard Commander: Cadet MC/PO
The NJROTC Color Guard is made up of a group four people who present the National Colors or the American Flag during the National Anthem at football games, basketball games, wrestling matches, other activities by request, and at competitions around the state. The Color Guard Commander is the National flag bearer. There is also the Unit flag bearer, and right and left rifle bearers. We train every Monday and right before any performance. We would like to have a minimum of 16 students who are qualified to present the color at school and community events. Color Guard is a challenging experience, which helps build discipline and respect for the National Colors. Students who are on the competition Color Guard Team earn Varsity Letters at the end of the school year.
The NJROTC Drill Team
Drill Commander: Cadet SC/PO Trevor
Uniform Personnel Inspection Team Commander: LTC Jenny Ewane
The 2010-2011 season has been the best season for
the PBHS NJROTC Drill Team since our inception. For the first time the Drill,
Athletic, and Academic Teams qualified for the All Area Five competition. The
Drill Team placed third in unarmed exhibition drill and had a strong showing in
all other events. That year the Drill Team brought home 17 trophies, which far
exceeds prior years results. Bravo Zulu to all Drill Team members for job well
done. UPI also placed first at regionals during the 2012-2013 school year. This
year, the drill team commanders' goals are: to instill discipline,
followership, teach and refine the skills of all cadets drill knowledge, and
most importantly: WIN drill meets! So far, the team has attended the Seneca
Valley, and JFK drill Meets. The team is always improving and will continue to
do so at Osborne park, and Gaithersburg drill meets. The team practices Monday
and Wednesday, as well as Thursdays the week of drill meets.
The NJROTC Athletic Team
- Athletic Team Commander:Cadets LT Eyuel Dagnchew
LT Shua Shin
The Athletic Team is a different then sport team in
Paint Branch High School. Cadets have to do push-ups, crunches, and run a mile
and a half. If a cadet does a certain number of push-ups and crunches as well
as run the mile and a half in a certain time, they will receive a ribbon for
their improvement. The Athletic Team received first and second place trophies
in the 8x200 and 16x100 relays. The Athletic Team tend athletic meets where
they compete against other schools in push ups, crunches, in 8x200 relay with
four boys and four girls, and in 16x100 relay with eight boys and eight girls.
Anyone can attend. The team participates in other competitions like softball
tournaments, soccer tournaments, and dodge ball tournaments.
- Team Captain: Cadet SC/PO Cooper Quinn
The Orienteering team has been to two Orienteering
meets this year and has seen an increase in support from cadets. The top
finishers from Paint Branch have been Cadet SC/PO Quinn and Cadet SC/PO Stearn
from the last two meets.
- Team Captain: Cadet LT Aaron Kassman
The Academic Team is made up of the finest cadets the Battalion
has to offer. Team members compete by taking postal tests that contain
questions based off of the NJROTC curriculum. Usual test topics include Naval
history, cosmology, and basic leadership principles. Last year, the Academic
Team had great success in its events, finishing at least third in three
Seneca Valle 2013 Sanctioned Meet
- 1st~Academic Postal
- 3rd~Armed Platoon Exhibition Drill
- 3rd~Unarmed Platoon Exhibition Drill
JFK HS 2013 Sanctioned Meet
- 2nd~Armed Platoon Exhibition Drill
- 2nd~Unit Personnel Inspection
AHS Softball 2014
Distinguished Unit 2014
- 1st~Uniform Personnel Inspection
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