CADET AMY RODRIGUEZ
The State of Georgia Outstanding JROTC Cadet for 2011-2012!
She was selected by the Georgia Society of the Sons of the American Revolution over candidates from their 29 local chapters. She was nominated by our local Lyman Hall Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, which had earlier selected her over candidates from the 8 Navy/Army/Air Force JROTC units in our area.”
NAVAL JUNIOR RESERVE OFFICER TRAINING CORPS UNIT
EAST HALL HIGH SCHOOL
The Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps is the high school equivalent of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps found in many universities and colleges across the country. East Hall High School is one of over 600 NJROTC programs across the United States. Approximately 10% of the students at East Hall are NJROTC cadets.
This program provides students with an outstanding means to develop their leadership skills and to become more active and productive citizens. The objectives of the NJROTC are to:
- Promote patriotism
- Develop informed and responsible citizens
- Promote habits of orderliness and precision
- Develop a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline, and leadership
- Promote an understanding of the basic elements and requirements for national security
- Develop respect for, and an understanding of the need for, constituted authority in a democratic society
During the year, our cadets have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of extracurricular activities. We have an Air Rifle Team which competes in meets with other high school NJROTC units. Our Color Guard and Drill Team perform at numerous athletic events and civic functions, as well as competing in drill meets and inspections. Members of all three teams have earned numerous varsity letters in the past twelve years. We also have an Academic Team, a Physical Fitness Team, and an Orienteering Team which participates in terrain navigation training and races throughout the area.
Over the course of the year, cadets have the opportunity to go on several field trips to military activities around the country. In addition to learning about other areas of the United States, they are exposed to many military and civilian career opportunities available to them after graduation. Last year cadets flew to the Naval Amphibious Base in San Diego, California, where they toured the Navy SEAL training school, received hands-on training in the Air Cushion Landing Craft simulator, and toured an amphibious landing ship. They have also flown to the Naval Air Station at Corpus Christi, Texas where they participated in aviation training, toured minesweepers, and took a short cruise on a Coast Guard cutter. In recent years, cadets have toured the Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, home of the U. S. Navy Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. They also visited the USS Alabama Battleship Memorial Park in Mobile, Alabama. We have traveled to the Norfolk, Virginia area, where cadets had the opportunity to tour several Naval Bases, as well as seeing Colonial Williamsburg and the historic Yorktown battlefield. They also participated in realistic shipboard damage control and fire fighting training. We have participated in rappelling training and built teamwork on the ROPES obstacle course at North Georgia College and State University. We have visited the Marine Corps Air Station at Cherry Point, North Carolina, the naval bases in Jacksonville, Florida, and the Naval Air Station in Atlanta. Cadets have traveled to the Naval Base at King’s Bay, Georgia, where they toured nuclear attack submarines and the Trident missile training facility. We have even sent a small group of cadets to Norfolk, Virginia where they spent several exciting days at sea aboard a Navy destroyer. Most recently, cadets flew to the Naval Air Station in New Orleans, Louisiana.
This year we held our twelvth annual Navy Ball. Among the subjects cadets study are protocol and social etiquette. This formal dinner-dance gives the cadets the opportunity to practice what they've learned, and have fun in the bargain.
Cadets earn NJROTC award ribbons throughout the year for participation in unit and team activities. In addition, we hold an Awards Ceremony each May at which numerous civic organizations recognize cadets who have excelled in the NJROTC program during the year.
Our cadets are also encouraged to participate as a unit in community service activities. During the past thirteen years, cadets have volunteered thousands of hours in preparations for the 1996 Olympic Games, flood relief in southern Georgia, the Lake Lanier Shore Sweep, Adopt-a-Highway, distribution of Christmas food baskets to the elderly, the Gainesville Festival of Trees, and a variety of other events. Last year alone, cadets accumulated over 400 hours of community service time. Support of the NJROTC program by local organizations has been overwhelming.
Summer activities available to cadets include Basic Leadership Training Camp, Leadership Academy, Sail Academy, a Youth Leadership Conference, and cruises aboard U. S. Navy ships. Last summer we had fourteen cadets graduate from Basic Leadership Training at Camp Buck Toms, Tennessee, three graduate from the NJROTC Leadership Academy at King’s Bay, Georgia, and one attend the Youth Leadership Conference in Charleston, South Carolina. Each summer we also try to schedule a field trip/leadership seminar for our returning cadets. This is an excellent opportunity for them to discuss and practice leadership techniques which they will use during the following school year. In recent years we have camped out in the North Carolina mountains and visited Washington, DC.
The Navy provides all course materials and uniforms, which the cadets must wear at least once a week. In addition, cadets conduct fundraising projects during the year and rely on contributions from the business community to raise money for extracurricular activities.
Cadets incur no military obligation, but there are benefits for those who enlist in the military after high school graduation, and qualified students are eligible for special college scholarship opportunities. NJROTC is open to all students enrolled at East Hall High School. Students who complete four semesters of the program earn the Career/Technical Seal on their high school diploma.
NJROTC teachers are called Naval Science Instructors, and are retired officers and noncommissioned officers of the Navy, Marine Corps, or Coast Guard who have met stringent military and academic requirements, and been specially certified by the Commander, Naval Training and Education Command. They are an integral part of the school faculty, and work closely with other teachers and administrators. The Senior Naval Science Instructor at East Hall High School is Lt. Gerald Bonnett.
We are very proud of our cadets and the work they are doing. Now in our fourteenth year at East Hall High School, our cadets have proven that the NJROTC program develops informed and responsible citizens, and that it is an excellent means of improving self-confidence and leadership ability. The continuing confidence of local business leaders and residents in our corps of cadets confirms the importance of these traits to the community and to the future of our country.