Naval Junior R.O.T.C.

The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program at Brother Martin is one of the oldest units in the country. The course of study teaches leadership and citizenship through classroom instruction, military style drill and practical exercises. Courses encourage initiative and individuality to develop natural gifts, to teach self-control, develop personal character, responsibility and qualities of integrity, loyalty, and dedication. Instructors supplement the Brother Martin curriculum through lessons in history, geography, science, civics, health and physical education. Students can participate in one to four years based on interest. The program is available to high school students in grades nine through twelve. Students earn a PE credit for each year of successful completion that is recognized by college applications.

The program is taught by the school’s Naval Science Department. Teachers are certified by the Naval Service and Training Command and must have completed a minimum of 20 years of honorable service in the Navy, Marine Corps or Coast Guard. Cadets are provided books and uniforms at no cost. Field trips and extracurricular activities are offered throughout the school year for every interest. (See extracurricular information.) There is no military obligation after the program.


Introduces Cadets to the meaning of citizenship, elements of leadership, and the value of scholarship in attaining life goals. Cadets learn the importance of a healthy lifestyle, including physical fitness, a proper diet, and controlling stress; drug awareness; the principles of health and first aid, survival skills and an overview of Naval ships and aircraft. These elements are pursued at the fundamental level.

Builds on the general introduction provided in Naval Science I and begins to develop the traits of citizenship and leadership. Instructors introduce technical areas of naval science and the role of the U. S. Navy in maritime history and the vital importance of the world’s oceans to the continued well-being of the United States.

Includes: naval weapons, naval history (1815-1945), navigation and rules of the nautical road, damage control and ship construction, citizenship, leadership training, and survival.

Broadens the understanding of students in the operative principles of military leadership, the concept and significance of teamwork, the intrinsic value of good order and discipline in the accomplishment of objectives, and the importance of sea power and national security. Cadets gain a more in-depth knowledge of Naval ships and aircraft and an introduction to marine navigation and seamanship.

Examines astronomy, naval history (post World War II), navigation and relative motion, meteorology and weather, radar and sonar, small boat handling, modern seapower, leadership training and leadership laboratory.

Includes instruction in theoretical and applied aspects of leadership, training, and evaluation of performance. Cadets will become aware of the techniques used to create motivation, develop goals and activities for a work group, and the proper ways to set a leadership example. Students are provided access to ACT/SAT prep courses, guidance in selecting a college and pursuing available scholarships, and mentoring in establishing long range life goals.

Provides the cadet an overview of the present day Navy in the nuclear age and examines military justice, international law of the sea, naval logistics, electricity, leadership training and leadership laboratory.

Please note that all cadets will need a physical and all paperwork to take part in any activities, trips or physical training during the school year.

Please note that top performing seniors with two years in the program can earn nominations to Service Academies and
College ROTC scholarships which are not available to other students.


Commander Bruce Nolan ’90, USN (Ret.), Department Chair
Chief Terry Necaise, USN (Ret.)


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