Lo­cal MCJROTC earns dis­tinc­tion

New­ton High’s Marine Corps Ju­nior ROTC named Naval Honor Unit, giv­ing cadets a chance at mil­i­tary acad­e­mies

The Covington News - - Local News -

For the sev­enth con­sec­u­tive year, the New­ton High School MCJROTC pro­gram has earned na­tional dis­tinc­tion as a Naval Honor Unit. This award places NHS in the top 15 per­cent of the 225 Marine Corps Ju­nior ROTC pro­grams in the na­tion.

Ac­cord­ing to Lt. Col. Rick Stan­ford, se­lec­tion as an Honor Unit is based on a va­ri­ety of de­mand­ing fac­tors. First, a pro­gram must be rated as “Mis­sion Ca­pa­ble” at a bi-an­nual in­spec­tion con­ducted by higher head­quar­ters. In or­der to re­ceive that rat­ing the pro­gram must meet all of the cri­te­ria re­quired by the Marine Corps for con­tin­u­a­tion as a JROTC pro­gram.

In ad­di­tion, Stan­ford said the unit’s main­te­nance of the re­quired num­ber of stu­dents in the pro­gram is also an im­por­tant de­ter­min­ing fac­tor, as are aca­demic schol­ar­ships re­ceived by ROTC stu­dents, ROTC schol­ar­ships and ser­vice academy ap­point­ments re­ceived by cadets, and the num­ber of hours cadets de­vote to com­mu­nity ser­vice ac­tiv­i­ties. The unit is also judged on its par­tic­i­pa­tion in lo­cal, re­gional and na­tional com­pe­ti­tions for both the drill team and ri­fle team. Cadet ac­tiv­ity in school arts, aca­demics and ath­let­ics pro­grams, and the num­ber of cadets earn­ing place­ment on school honor rolls are some of the other fac­tors re­viewed.

Data on each school is col­lected by the Marine Corps Train­ing and Ed­u­ca­tion Com­mand in Quan­tico, Va., where each pro­gram is eval­u­ated and com­pared to oth­ers in the coun­try. Each sum­mer the top schools are se­lected for the pre­vi­ous school year and plaques are awarded to the dis­tin­guished pro­grams.

“Se­lec­tion as a Naval Honor Unit gives ROTC cadets an op­por­tu­nity to pur­sue an ap­point­ment to the Naval Academy, West Point or the Air Force Academy if they so de­sire,” said Stan­ford. “In ad­di­tion to seek­ing an ap­point­ment from of their con­gress­men, they may be placed on a pre­ferred list of nom­i­nees from other Honor Units for fur­ther con­sid­er­a­tion. This ad­di­tional op­por­tu­nity can make a dif­fer­ence as to whether or not they are se­lected to one of the ser­vice acad­e­mies.”

“The NHS MCJROTC is one of the finest pro­grams in the coun­try,” said NHS prin­ci­pal Dr. Rod­er­ick Sams. “Their com­mit­ment to ex­cel­lence is sec­ond to none and we are so proud to have them as part of the New­ton fam­ily.”

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