The Cadet Handbook is, and shall remain, a ‘work in progress’, to be continually refined and improved by the Cadets of Freehold Regional High School District NJROTC. Consequently, it will become a historical document as well as a framework to advance the success of the Freehold Regional High School District NJROTC. It allows cadets the opportunity to create their own guide for the expectations, rules, and regulations that will govern their NJROTC Unit specifically. Obviously, it will include the rules and regulations promulgated by Naval Education and Training Command (NETC) but will allow for the addition of information that is particular to Freehold Regional High School District NJROTC.
1. Your Promise. In order to become a cadet in the Colts Neck High School Naval Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (CNHS NJROTC,) you begin working diligently during your middle school years. The only other students in any of the FRHSD Schools that do anything similar to you are those seeking admission into other FRHSD Learning Centers and Academies. Since you are seeking special consideration for your high school years, you should realize that you are technically making a ‘promise’ that you will strive to be one of the best students in the FRHSD and an example of the very best of students at CNHS. That expectation may sound like a rather heavy burden, but it is fair based on the great lengths you went to in order to become a Cadet here at Colts Neck High School.
2. ‘Why do administrators and teachers expect me to be any better than any other strudents at Colts Neck High School or in the FRHSD?’ The answer to this question is simple – look at all the things you put yourself through to be SELECTED for acceptance into the CNHS NJROTC Program: you filled out forms; wrote essays; tried to set yourself apart from the average student; sat through an interview; and signed an agreement with the FRHSD (a contract) stating that you would maintain a minimum grade of C or better in all your classes along with a clean disciplinary record. After all that work to simply get into the program, the administration – and your Navy Instructors – expect that you will try to live up to the high standards set for Cadets in the NJROTC Program.
3. Simple rules and expectations. It may be easier for you to live up to higher standards if you break them down into a simple list of things you must do in order to accomplish this task.
a. FRHSD and CNHS Expectations: You are expected to live up to the agreement you signed with the FRHSD. This agreement basically requires you to do the following:
(1) ‘I will maintain a minimum 2.5 grade point average in all Naval Science Classes.’ (This requirement should not be a surprise to anyone. You have been selected to be a cadet in the NJROTC Program and you are expected to show enough interest in the program to maintain a minimum average of C+ in your NJROTC Naval Science Classes.)
(2) ‘I will maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in all my other academic classes.’ (You are all expected to be leaders within the FRHSD and CNHS. Leaders hold themselves to higher standards and therefore, will do the work necessary to insure they are successful in their endeavors. Grades of C are certainly attainable if you pay attention in your classes, do your homework, and study for tests. The hope is that you will not accept working to this minimum grade but rather make every effort to excel beyond this plateau. All of your fellow cadets are here to help you do your best. Take advantage of all the help available to you.)
(3) ‘I will avoid behaviors that violate school rules and result in disciplinary actions from the CNHS Administrators.’ (All students are expected to obey school rules. As a cadet, you are expected to do the same but also be aware that if you behave poorly, it is more disappointing to the administration, your teachers, and your NJROTC Instructors. When you ‘CHOOSE’ to violate school rules, you are not acting in accordance with our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment.
b. NJROTC Expectations: You are expected to live up to the standards, rules, and regulations set for the NJROTC Program nationally and locally.
(1) ‘I will support the mission, goals, and objectives set by the NJROTC Program.’ This expectation should be very easy to live up to by being involved with the program and supporting the efforts of your cadet leaders, fellow cadets, and NJROTC Instructors.
(2) ‘I will try to live up to the core values of HONOR, COURAGE, & COMMITMENT.’ Meeting this expectation will be much easier if you understand what the words mean. Read Major Penczak’s letter on page one and think about how he defines the three adjectives. You are probably going to find that living up to this expectation is much more difficult than you anticipated and mostly due to peer pressure. Always remember that your true friends will respect you for who you are and what you represent. If the core values of honor, courage, and commitment are evident in your every day behavior, your friends and acquaintances will respect you because you will not be a phony. You will be a person who is exactly what you appear to be — not someone who tries to define him or herself as they go through life.
(3) ‘I will wear my uniform proudly and correctly at all times.’ Always remember that when you are in uniform, you are honoring all of your fellow Americans serving in uniform around the world. When you are in uniform, you represent much more than just yourself. Those around you, who observe you while you are in uniform, are proud of you and everything you represent. Let that pride in yourself, your unit and your country shine through in your appearance. Correct behavior in this area would fall within the core value of HONOR.
c. Living up to expectations is a part of life because everyone around you has them – parents, clergy, teachers, coaches, friends, boyfriends, girlfriends, and YOU YOURSELF! Think about it, you have expectations for yourself and many of you have probably been disappointed in your own actions at one time or another. Perhaps you didn’t do as good as you know you could in an athletic event, or you said something to someone that you regretted almost as soon as you said it. These can be self-disappointing because you knew you were better than what you delivered. What we would like every cadet to work on is living up to expectations because as you grow older, life generally adds to your burdens – your own car, home, wife or husband, job, children, etc. All of these things increase the expectations that you must live up to and it’s a great idea to practice right here by living up to the expectations of your parents, teachers, and NJROTC Instructors.
General Rules of Conduct: No matter what you do in life, or where you go, or what rank you attain in any organization – civilian or military, there will be rules for your behavior. Therefore, it is imperative that you know what the rules are when you join a group. Some groups will have their rules in writing and some will have unwritten rules. Either way, it is your responsibility to know the rules and obey them. You are expected to know and obey the rules promulgated by the FRHSD, CNHS, and the NJROTC. You can find information regarding the rules in this handbook/planner, your student handbook, online at pertinent websites, and from administrators, teachers, and NJROTC Instructors. Ignorance of the rules does not excuse you from punishment should you violate a rule, so learn to be aware.
1. CNHS Rules. Rules of conduct for successful behavior at CNHS are clearly delineated in your Student-Parent Handbook. As a Cadet in the NJROTC, you will read, understand, and abide by the school rules outlined in your student handbook. Some of the areas where CNHS rules exist are listed below, but you should familiarize yourself with all of the rules. By doing so, you are not only following the rules but you will understand your ‘rights’ as a student:
a. Graduation requirements. What classes do you need to take in order to amass enough academic credits to graduate?
b. Homework Policy. The Board of Education (BOE) has established rules for the teachers who assign you homework. Do you know what they are?
c. BOE Policy #5701 – Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty. What are the ramifications for cheating, or plagiarizing? What is plagiarism?
d. National Honor Society. How do you get selected for this honor? Colleges like to see this on your admissions form – so how do you earn it?
e. Student records. How are they handled and who can view your records?
f. Attendance Policies. Insure you understand what happens if you have an excessive number of absences from school.
g. Tardiness to classes. Being late to classes brings actions from your teachers and administrators that you will not want to receive. This is unacceptable behavior for cadets.
h. Athletic and Extracurricular Activities. There are several pages of your student handbook dedicated to this topic. CNHS has many activities that students can participate in outside of classes. Always remember that participation in extracurricular activities is a privilege and not a right. Privileges can be taken away – rights cannot be taken away. You will lose the privilege of participating in extracurricular activities for violating school rules or failing classes.
There is one passage in your student handbook that I want you to pay very close attention to because it closely parallels the thinking of your NJROTC Instructors regarding your personal conduct. The CNHS Student Handbook states:
“As an athlete, pride in the school, the team/activity and oneself are important. Pride is reflected in the student’s personal conduct. At no time shall lewd, profane, or obscene language or inappropriate conduct be allowed. Students will not violate the rules of common decency with each other. They shall respect the authority of coaches/advisors and other school staff personnel, and shall conform to request made by these authorities.
In addition, a student’s appearance shall be a matter of pride which means cleanliness and neatness in dress and equipment. Students are expected to dress properly when representing their team or school at any athletic, extracurricular, or academic function. The privileges of being on a team/activity carry with them the responsibilities of setting a good example in all school activities.”
2. NJROTC Rules. It is impossible to provide a complete set of rules to cover all situations that cadets will encounter. Cadets are expected to follow what is listed above from the student handbook: “The privileges of being on a team/activity carry with them the responsibilities of setting a good example in all school activities.” Basically, cadets are expected to behave courteously at all times, to be respectful to teachers, school staff, and fellow students. Several areas where cadets are expected to be very cognizant of their behavior are the following:
a. BULLYING. This is unacceptable at all times. The CNHS NJROTC will enforce a ‘Zero Tolerance’ Policy regarding bullying. Bullying is totally against our core values. Bullies are generally dishonorable cowards who do not understand commitment to anything or anyone other than themselves. Bullying is viewed by the military as a ‘serious character flaw’ than can result in a less than honorable discharge for the individual involved. Cadets are expected to avoid bullying in any form – physical, mental, and emotional. DO NOT:
(1) make comments about other cadets/students or join in with those who do make comments. Even if you think it’s funny, do not share your ideas of comedy at the expense of a fellow human being. Your remarks can hurt.
(2) write hurtful notes about other students, place comments on websites or in emails. This is not freedom of speech and trying to defend rudeness and being a bully by claiming freedom of speech only amplifies your ignorance.
(3) start rumors or make-up stories that you know are not true.
b. SEXUAL HARASSMENT. This is unacceptable at all times. Sexual harassment is another form of bullying and is also considered by the military to represent a ‘serious character flaw’ within an individual that can result in a less than honorable discharge for the person doing it. The basic rule in this area is that the word ‘NO’ means exactly that, ‘NO.’ There is no need for comments, rude behavior, or inappropriate actions. Be mature enough to walk away and leave it alone. You must accept that you cannot now, or ever, have everything your way and trying to force issues to gain a result you desire is unacceptable behavior that will result in negative consequences for yourself.
c. HAZING. These actions are often listed as bullying but go further. Hazing activities generally revolve around members of an institution making up their own rules for new members of an institution. They are presented as rights of passage for new members to join a group and they are wrong! Rules for inclusion in a group are made by the group and are clearly delineated for new members. Hazing activities include, but are not limited to such things as making members perform ridiculous tasks, perform physical exercises for supposed rule infractions, etc. Again, this is unacceptable at all times.
3. Benefits of Outstanding and Exemplary Personal Conduct
a. When you behave in accordance with our core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment, you gain personal recognition as a mature young adult. In addition, you bring great credit to your NJROTC Unit, your school, and your family. This should be reward enough for practicing good behavior.
b. In addition to the above personal credit, you also make yourself eligible for personal decorations from the NJROTC, earn consideration for accelerated promotions within the NJROTC Program, and will find that your presence is requested at extra special events. Good behavior coupled with a smart and witty personality will make people want be around you.
Uniform Wear: Uniform wear is a requirement in all Junior ROTC Programs – Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. Every student entering a JROTC Program is made aware of this requirement and must agree to abide by the uniform regulations promulgated by their branch of the armed forces. At first, students like wearing the uniform because it’s a mark of distinction, it’s something new, etc. As time passes, however, some students start to view uniform wear as a difficult thing to do – it’s not cool (because the other students make fun;) other students don’t have to do it; it’s uncomfortable; I don’t want to cut my hair or put it in a bun, etc. The reasons are endless but not one of them matters and no excuse will get you a passing grade for this requirement. In fact, excuses will not get you anywhere in life. Learning to live by the rules and excelling within them will earn you accolades and make you successful. So, the only way to earn a good grade for uniform wear is to do it with pride and in accordance with the Navy’s regulations. Always remember, you sought entry into the NJROTC Program at Colts Neck High School AND as a cadet, you have many more opportunities to do ‘cool’ things than your fellow non-NJROTC students. Wear your uniform with pride and distinction from day one to graduation day. You will be a stronger individual for doing it and you will be an outstanding representative of our school, our unit, and – most importantly – the United States Navy – the greatest Navy ever to sail the oceans of our earth.
Basic rules of uniform wear: Below are some basic rules for uniform wear. Refer to the Cadet Reference Manual or your Instructors for specific guidance and uniform information.
- When in uniform, you are expected to wear it completely from the time you put it on until the time you take it off. Do not rake off your shirt, unbutton your shirt, or wear your trousers/slacks as hip huggers (they belong at your waist.)
- Always wear your ribbons and accoutrements when in uniform unless directed to do otherwise. You are technically out of uniform if you do not wear the awards you earned. Be proud of them and yourself for earning them.
- HAIR MUST BE WORN IN ACCORDANCE WITH REGULATIONS!!! Males need to cut their hair to regulation length. Don’t worry, it grows back. Females – you look great with your hair put up. It makes you look fresh and clean. You may find that you actually like the style so take time to put it up correctly and wear it like that all day.
- Personal behavior should always be outstanding, in or out of uniform, and should be above reproach anytime you are in uniform. Remember, the uniform makes you stand out in a crowd and makes you recognizable because you look great and also because of all that you represent. Be an outstanding representative of the Navy and yourself. Be responsible for your actions!!! You will find that you actually have a good time when you do.
- DO NOT:
– chew gum;
– be overly affectionate with boyfriend/girlfriend;
– participate in activities that will dirty or demean your uniform, yourself, and your unit, your school, or the
United States Navy and Marine Corps
BE PROUD AND SHOW IT THROUGH YOUR UNIFORM WEAR!!!
romotion Qualification System (PQS): Our promotion system is continually under scrutiny to insure it is fair & equitable for all cadets. Over the past several years, it has been improved and streamlined to promote efficiency and accuracy. All cadets are encouraged to offer suggestions for improvement at any time. Achieving promotion requires cadets to maintain academic standards, participate in unit activities, and demonstrate proficiency in military areas. All of the requirements are within the capabilities of every cadet to achieve and therefore, every cadet can earn higher ranks. Additionally, promotion opportunities have been made a part of the curriculum and are offered during Naval Science class periods. This allows every cadet to participate regardless of extracurricular activities schedules.
- ANY CADET WHO CHOOSES TO NOT SEEK PROMOTION DURING ANY SCHOOL YEAR MAY BE CONSIDERED FOR REMOVAL FROM THE NJROTC PROGRAM.
- The promotion system will be reworked for SY 2014 – 2015. Changes will be announced at the beginning of the school year.
NJROTC Events. While you are a cadet with the CNHS NJROTC, there will be scheduled events that will take place during and outside of school hours that are specifically scheduled for our unit and for you as a cadet. Some of these events are part of the NJROTC Curriculum and therefore, are graded and you must participate in them as part of your education/training. You are strongly encouraged to be an active participant in as many NJROTC events as possible. Our annual training schedule is designed to offer NJROTC Cadets opportunities to have experiences not generally available to high school students and provide you the opportunity to obtain experiential knowledge. Experience is the greatest teacher. What do employers always want to know about you? How much experience you have. But how do you gain experience? By doing things! As a young person, you should try to experience as much as you can in order to learn about the world and yourself. You are lucky to be a cadet in the NJROTC Program. Take advantage of your good fortune – PARTICIPATE!
- Mandatory Events
- Annual Unit Inspection: Every year, our unit stands a graded inspection. This inspection is known as the ‘Area Manager’s Inspection’ or the ‘Off-Site Inspection,’ and a good rating on this inspection is essential to an outstanding grade on our annual End of Year Report. Regardless of the title, all cadets in the CNHS NJROTC must participate in this inspection in a minimum of two ways: standing personnel inspection and in the Unit’s ‘Pass in Review.’ Cadets serving in leadership positions are required to provide briefs to the inspecting officers and demonstrate mastery of their assigned areas of responsibility. Over the years, we have taken the opportunity to make this event one of our rites of passage for our graduating seniors. The members of the graduating class of the year of the inspection are presented to the audience for recognition during our Pass in Review. All parents and family members are invited to attend the Pass in Review to see the excellence of our unit along with paying homage to our graduating seniors who are taking part in their final Pass in Review.
- Memorial Day Parades: All cadets are required to attend one of two parades we participate in on Memorial Day each year; in Colts Neck or in Freehold Borough.
- Voluntary Events. The below list is provided as a sample of available opportunities for cadets:
- Military Ball: This is the CNHS NJROTC’s ‘Prom’ for lack of a better description. The ball is preceded by a series of classes on ceremonies, etiquette, invitations, and social behavior, and cadets are tested on this information. The ball itself is a formal affair for cadets and parents. All have proven to be memorable events for all attendees.
- Parades: Our unit participates in several parades each year.
- Community Service: Our cadets go to many events to assist our communities. These are published in class and via the internet.
- Unit Service: Our cadets assist at many school and district events.
NJROTC Extracurricular Activities. As a cadet in the CNHS NJROTC, you have the opportunity to participate in unique extracurricular activities sponsored by our unit and only available to cadets in the NJROTC. All of our teams compete at the national level and most of them travel extensively. Additionally, cadets can earn Varsity Letters for competing on NJROTC Teams at the national level.
1. Academic Team. The members of the Academic Team have already enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a myriad of competitive academic events and in SY 2013-2014, that opportunity is being expanded once again. This school year, the team will compete in on-site academic competitions at away locations; look at the feasibility of sponsoring a competition on-site at CNHS; sponsor an Academic Postal Competition; continue its’ participation in ‘Sea Perch Aquatics Robot’ design and building that could result in away competitions; continue its’ competition in ‘CyberPatriot’ – the USAF Association’s cyber security national competition; compete in the NJROTC National Academic Postal Championship; and possibly, learn about rocketry through hands-on experiences. It can be a very exciting year, but to make it successful, there will be a need for more commitment from team members, i.e., team members will be expected to participate in study sessions and after-school activities that will increase their individual knowledge base and strengthen the team’s chances for success in all areas. The greatest benefit for team members is increased knowledge in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) areas.
a. Academic Team participation is co-ed and open to all cadets.
b. Team members will occasionally be requested to travel with the drill and athletic teams to compete in NJROTC Championship level events.
c. Team members will put together an Academic Postal Competition to be sponsored by our unit. This must be accomplished in September of each school year.
2. Athletic Team. The members of the Athletic Team are required to workout as a team at least three (3) days per week. Athletic Team competitions require excellence in specific events and team members must work to strengthen their upper bodies (pull-ups & push-ups,) improve run times, and learn to perform a standing broad jump. Our team has been competing now for four years and has steadily improved its’ performance to the point where it is now competitive at the national level. This year, team members can look forward to competing in postal competitions; on-site competitive events (home and away;) and the National Championship held at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. The benefit of competing with the Athletic Team is greatly improved personal physical fitness.
a. Athletic Team participation is co-ed and open to all cadets.
b. Team members will occasionally be requested to travel with the drill and academic teams to compete in NJROTC Championship level events.
c. Athletic Team practices will be held in the morning and/or after school.
d. Team members will put together an Athletic Team Postal Competition to be sponsored by our unit. This must be accomplished in September of each school year.
3. Drill Team. The CNHS NJROTC Drill Team has earned national recognition for our unit over the past several years and is recognized as the finest NJROTC drill team from the northeastern United States. The team brought home a 3rd place trophy in Armed Platoon Exhibition from the 2012 Navy National Championship and this represented the first trophy ever won by a NJROTC Area 4 Team. In addition, the team was presented the Spirit Award as the team with the overall best attitude and behavior.
a. Drill Team participation is co-ed and open to all cadets.
b. Team members travel extensively to national level competitions. SY 2013-2014 will see the team travel to Massachusetts, Indiana, & Florida; other competition locations have yet to be determined.
c. Drill team members that compete with a nationally competitive team are recognized as athletes by major universities, e.g., Norwich and Texas A&M, and may be offered scholarships to compete at the college level.
d. Drill team members, due to their personal commitment to the self-discipline required for drill excellence, are often requested to represent CNHS and our unit at events that may include VIP’s.
e. Drill team practices take place from 0700 to 0815 hours Monday through Friday in the main gym. Practices may occur on an as needed basis after school, on weekends, or holidays.
4. Orienteering Team. Orienteering is listed as one of the top five adventure sports. For those not acquainted with orienteering, it is basically cross country running but without an established course. Competitors must use a map and compass to find their way from start to finish. Our Orienteering Team has only been active for two years but has already established itself as a national contender. With some hard work and dedication, team members made the Colts Neck team one of the finest in the nation. At the 2012 NJROTC National Championship, the team finished in 6th place, missing 5th place by only 15 seconds. The Orienteering Team travels extensively to competitions; Maryland & Florida in 2011 & 2012. During SY 2013-2014, the team will be traveling again and hopes to expand its’ competitive venues. In addition to competing in the Navy National Championship, to be held in Maryland this year, the team hopes to travel to the U.S. Interscholastic / Intercollegiate Championships, two-day combined time classic at Camp Naish/Shawnee Mission Park near Kansas City, Kansas scheduled for March 9th & 10th, 2013.
a. Orienteering Team participation is co-ed and open to all cadets.
b. Team practices will take place during after school hours and on weekends.
c. Team members are strongly encouraged to join the CNHS Cross Country Team to help build their stamina and improve their running abilities for competition in both events.
NJROTC Fundraising. As indicated in the previous chapters of this handbook, the CNHS NJROTC is a very active unit striving to provide opportunities for all of its’ cadets to participate in unique, educational activities and field trips. In order to accomplish our goals, the unit must raise the required funds – we are self supporting for most of our activities. The Navy and FRHSD do provide some assistance, but the bulk of the effort falls on the cadets and their instructors. Our unit has an active fundraising effort in place in conjunction with our Parents Club. All Cadets are expected to participate in our fundraising efforts because all cadets benefit from the funds that are raised.
Focus of Effort: All NJROTC fundraising is designed to meet the following prerequisites:
1. Minimize the impact on Cadets’ families, i.e., not always requiring them to make purchases;
2. Provide something of value to supporters during fundraising events; and
3. Design fundraising events that will raise larger amounts of funds in order to minimize the number of annual fundraising events.
Fundraising events include:
1. Annual Candle Sale
2. Drill Team Competition
3. Food Store Bagging
4. Advertisements in our Military Ball Ad Book
5. Annual Golf Outing
NOTE: New ideas are always welcomed by the unit and our Parents Club. It is requested that Parents play an active role in our fundraising efforts and in our unit’s functions. Cadets working together with parents make an unbeatable team.
Last Updated By: PO2 Louie Pergola – 3/19/16