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DCHS NJROTC named "Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors"

On April 26TH NJROTC Area Nine Manager, Commander Merv Dial, announced that David Crockett High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) has been named a “Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors”. This distinction is a significant accomplishment authorizing the Senior Naval Science Instructor to nominate six eligible cadets each year to compete for U.S. Naval Academy appointments. Distinguished Units may also nominate up to three cadets to the Service Academy of any branch.

The David Crockett NJROTC unit is a joint effort opportunity, funded by both the Washington County Department of Education and the United States Navy. Crockett completed 2,012 community support hours and 3,130 school support hours for a total of 5,142 Community Service Hours during the 2021-2022 school year. The community service efforts were accomplished through the exceptional leadership of Crockett’s Cadet Staff.

David Crockett NJROTC has 13 seniors graduating this year, two of them graduated early. Two cadets plan on attending a 4-year college, five cadets have plans for a 2-year College / Vocational-Technical school; and three cadets have chosen careers that require them to possess a high school diploma. Cadets Adina Phebus, Tristan Barendregt Craven, and John Morris have enlisted in the United States Navy. Cadets accepted for enlistment who provide evidence of successful completion of at least 3 years of NJROTC are entitled to advanced promotion to pay grade E-3 upon initial enlistment in an active or reserve component of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, and pay grade E-2 in the Marine Corps.

David Crockett’s NJROTC success is built on a program that promotes patriotism, a love of country, respect for the flag, and pride in the American way of life. Our emphasis on character development education and community service, helps our cadets to function as responsible, reliable citizens of Washington County. David Crockett’s NJROTC will hold our annual Awards Ceremony on May 5th where Cadets will be awarded ribbons, medals and aiguillettes for participation in NJROTC and team activities, as well as for personal academic and athletic achievement and leadership. During the event a change of command ceremony will occur and a Commanding Officer, Executive Officer, Command Master Chief, and other unit officers are named and take command for next year.

David Crockett High School NJROTC leadership ethos are personified by the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. Honor—cadets are accountable for their professional and personal behavior and should remain mindful of the privilege given them to serve. Courage—gives cadets the moral and mental strength to do what is right, with confidence and resolution, even in the face of temptation or adversity. Commitment—is the day to day duty of every cadet in the Cherokee NJROTC program to join together as a team to improve the quality of their unit, their fellow classmates, and themselves.

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