- LCDR Mike Vinkavich
- Senior Chief Jeff Nichols
Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
The NJROTC program was established by Public Law in 1964 and may be found in Title X, U.S. Code, Chapter 102. The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. The NJROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation, and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, drill competition, field meets, flights, visits to naval activities, marksmanship training, and other military training. Uniforms, textbooks, training aids, travel allowance, and a substantial portion of instructors’ salaries are provided by the Navy.
What does the NJROTC program do?
Amongst its numerous benefits, the program promotes patriotism, develops informed and responsible citizens, promotes orderly habits and precision, and cultivates personal honor, self-reliance, and individual discipline. “The program holds much potential for leadership opportunities,” remarks Schonewise, “especially in an age of increased national security concerns.” Any prospective Papillion-La Vista South High School student interested in joining the NJROTC program should contact respective school counselor at 402-829-4614.