14 July 2020
- Greetings, I am Colonel Claude Davis and I am the Senior Naval Science Instructor at South Aiken High School. The Navy JROTC Program recently authorized a new pilot program that will permit 8th Graders at Kennedy Middle School to enroll in Navy JROTC. The NJROTC class will be taught at Kennedy Middle School by Petty Officer First Class Donald Starling. The class curriculum is identical to all other first-year NJROTC students.
- As you may know, JROTC is a cooperative effort between the local school systems in over 1560 locations around the world. Its purpose is to emphasize citizenship, leadership, individual responsibility, and school graduation. Each cadet will be given the opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills; try out for the Drill, Air Rifle, Cyber, and other teams (GPA must be 2.0 or better); and participate in physical training. They can also participate in field trips, present the Nation’s Colors at sporting events and official functions, participate in parades, and improve themselves both physically and academically.
- NJROTC utilizes a military structure as a vehicle to teach leadership and responsibility. As such, the students will experience a more structured and disciplined environment than in their other classes. For example, students will be addressed as “Cadet” followed by their last name. Upon demonstrated performance and potential, they will receive the rank of “Cadet Seaman Apprentice” with the opportunity to earn higher ranks and greater responsibility. Cadets will be issued uniforms, on loan, and be required to wear them on Wednesdays, and must maintain proper appearance
(cleanliness, haircuts, clean-shaven, etc.).
- We will take care of the tailoring but the cadets are responsible for the care and cleaning of their uniforms. If uniform items are lost or damaged due to negligence, the cadet/parent may be held liable for replacement. Cadets will also have the opportunity to earn awards and ribbons to wear with their uniform.
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- Awards and ribbons are earned for Academic Excellence; participation in unit events, JROTC Teams; Good Behavior; and Personal Appearance to name just a few.
- The JROTC curriculum also places emphasis on wellness and physical fitness. Cadets will normally be required to participate in physical fitness, normally on Mondays, and must wear appropriate physical fitness attire which includes sweat pants, sweatshirt, shorts, t-shirts, running shoes, and athletic socks. As the weather gets colder, the cadets will also need to have knit caps and gloves.
- While taking JROTC in the 8th grade does allow students to earn high school elective credit, it does not fulfill the physical education (PE) requirement for high school graduation. Students who successfully complete the 8th-grade year will be invited to continue in JROTC in their 9th-grade year and can then earn their PE credit towards high school graduation.
- If additional information is needed concerning the NJROTC program, please feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 641-2600 Ext. 60024.
- To register for NJROTC, you should contact Mr. Jeff Harting (email@example.com) at Kennedy Middle School or (803) 641-2470.
South Aiken NJROTC
Our Program Mission
Our program mission is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.
I am a member of the Buccaneer Battalion and as such, I pledge to perform to my best abilities. I will always represent South Aiken High School in the most positive light. I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.
Staff Chain of Command
SNSI Colonel Claude H. Davis III, USMC (Ret)
NSI PO1 Donald J. Starling, USN (Ret)
Cadet Chain of Command
Commanding Officer Cadet LCDR Savanna Welch
Executive Officer Cadet LT Zachary Patterson
Cadet Command Master Chief Cadet Master Chief Adam Key
Operations Officer Cadet LTJG Jack Ledbetter
Administration Officer Cadet Ensign Keira Tallent
Community Service Officer Cadet Ensign Lauren Luther
Supply Officer Cadet Ensign Grace Bowers
Public Affairs Officer Cadet Mary Young
Training Officer Cadet Sara Rice
Educational Services Officer Cadet Breeze Robertson
Weapons Officer Cadet Benjamin Hildebrand