What is njrotc?
NJROTC, or Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps, provides basic instruction in military science and operations; history lessons on navy traditions and citizenship training. The NJROTC program is designed to give cadets a head start in life by developing self-discipline, self-confidence, and leadership skills they need to be successful in life regardless of their future career path or goals.
“I think that what makes Rickover different from other schools is that students are given opportunities to be leaders from day one. Each class chooses a class leader to lead the class for a month. Leadership opportunities are there from the very start. And then that continues throughout your four years”.
—Current Rickover Student
Proud military traditions
Tradition is an important part of our school culture. Throughout their four years at Rickover, cadets learn disciplines that are built on the traditions and pride found in today’s U.S. military forces.
NJROTC Academic Team
The best of the best
JROTC Military Excellence
JROTC Scholastic Medal
Military Order of the World Wars
Military Order of the Purple Heart
Military Officers Association of America
Sons of the American Revolution
Son of Union Vets
Stephen Decatur Award
Ribbons display what a cadet in the NJROTC program has achieved. Each ribbon has different meanings and different ways of being earned. To learn more about the significance of each ribbon, read below.
Awarded, WHEN EARNED, to any NJROTC cadet who distinguishes him/herself only by outstanding meritorious achievement or performance of a meritorious act.
Awarded to cadets who were unit members during the academic year in which the school earned Distinguished Unit status.
Awarded yearly to one cadet in each year group with the highest combined average for overall scholastic standing and aptitude.
Awarded yearly to one cadet in each year group with the highest overall academic achievement in school.
Awarded, when earned, to any cadet who distinguishes him/herself by outstanding achievement or sustained superior performance.
Awarded to cadets in good standing who were unit members during the academic year in which the school earned the Unit Achievement status as determined by the Area Manager. Awarded only to those units that demonstrated exceptional performance but did not qualify for Distinguished Unit status.
Awarded to the top 10% of the cadets based on evaluation of academic performance of assigned jobs, conduct, unit involvement, attendance, and overall aptitude.
NS IV Outstanding Cadet
Awarded yearly to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 4 based on citizenship, academic performance, personal appearance, and conduct.
NS III Outstanding Cadet
Awarded yearly to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 3 based on citizenship, academic performance, personal appearance, and conduct.
NS II Outstanding Cadet
Awarded yearly to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 2 based on citizenship, academic performance, personal appearance, and
NS I Outstanding Cadet
Awarded yearly to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 1 based on citizenship, academic performance, personal appearance, and conduct. Awarded yearly to outstanding cadets in Naval Science 1 based on citizenship, academic performance, personal appearance, and conduct.
Awarded early to each cadet who demonstrates exemplary conduct for the year.
Exemplary Personal Appearance
Awarded twice yearly to all cadets that wear their uniform on all required occasions and have an average of 90% + on inspection and not received an inspection grade below an "A". (this award can be received 3 times in a year based on the results of the NJROTC Area Manager during annual inspection)
Awarded twice a year to any cadet who meets or exceeds physical fitness standards to be given to you at a later time.
Awarded when earned to all cadets earning one hour or more participation in at least three separate, non-social NJROTC sponsored events or activities (to include ushering at school events, flag detail, attendance at drill, field/athletic meets, and attendance on field trips).
Unit Service and each subsequent award is earned when a cadet performs superior service to unit. The award may be for sustained service at a level above that normally required of other cadets or it may be for a specific act(s) of superior service.
Community Service ribbons and each subsequent NJROTC award are earned after 12 hrs of properly documented volunteer service.
Awarded when earned, to each cadet in good standing who has been a member of the Academic Team.
The drill team ribbon may be awarded to all cadets that earn 3 drill team pts, which include parades, meets, and other performances.
Awarded when earned to any cadet in good standing who has performed as a member of the color guard for 3 events.
Awarded when earned to any cadet in good standing who has entered competition including all air-operated weapons.
Awarded when earned to any cadet in good standing who has entered competition.
Inter Service Competition
Awarded to a cadet who has entered any inter-service, national level competition, such as CyberPatriot, JLAB, etc.; or for any SeaPerch Competition, regardless of service sponsorship. This ribbon cannot be awarded in addition to, or in lieu of, another team-specific ribbon. For example: It cannot be awarded for competing in a local, Area or postal multi-service drill, academic, marksmanship or orienteering meet.
Awarded when earned to any cadet that is instrumental in the enrollment of two students or is part of a recruiting effort.
Awarded to any cadet upon completion of Basic Leadership Training, Leadership Academy or similar training approved by the area manager.
Awarded to any cadet upon completion of an at sea cruise (vessel must cast off lines and be underway).
Anchor - Gold
Worn by Cadet Team leader of the applicable NJROTC Teams.
Lamp - Bronze
Worn on the Honor Cadet Ribbon by each cadet who has earned an "A" in NS 1. First award of School Honor Roll.
Lamp - Silver
Worn on the Honor Cadet Ribbon by each cadet who has earned an "A" in NS 2. Second award of School Honor Roll.
Lamp - Gold
Worn on the Honor Cadet Ribbon by each cadet who has earned an "A" in NS 3 and also NS 4. Third award of School Honor Roll.
Star - Bronze
Second Award (1) Third Award (2)
Star - Silver
Fourth Award (1) Fifth Award (2)
Star - Gold
Sixth Award (1) Seventh Award (2) Eighth Award (3)
naval science instructors
CDR Rose O'Carroll, USN (Ret.)
YNC W. Thompson
Dean of Uniforms
BMC L. Thomas
CPO T. Lee
BM1 Kenneth Cholak
Does NJROTC sound like the program for you? Equip yourself with the tools you need to be successful and join Rickover Naval Academy today!