The NJROTC program was established by Public Law in 1964, which may be found in Title 10, U.S. Code, Chapter 102. The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, and taught by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. The NJROTC-accredited curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation, and meteorology. Classroom instruction is enhanced throughout the year by extra-curricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill, and orienteering competitions, field meets, flights, visits to naval or other activities, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training.

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    Program Objectives

    While the NJROTC exposes students to the basic elements of the military, the program’s main objectives are to engage students in experiences that promote leadership, discipline, hard work, community service, and self-confidence.  A number of the students within the program are not interested in entering the military. However, they do have an interest in developing their interpersonal skills and learning more about their obligations as citizens. The NJROTC curriculum, instructional activities, and co-curricular experiences are designed to develop life skills regardless of one’s goals after high school.  

    The NJROTC program aims to:

      • Develop informed and responsible citizens.
      • Promote habits of orderliness and precision.
      • Foster respect for authority in a democratic society.
      • Acquire a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline, and leadership.
      • Support patriotism.
      • Encourage an understanding of the basic elements and requirements of national security.
      • Develop respect for an understanding of the need for constituted authority.

    Program Overview

    The NJROTC program is a program of choice at Kingsway Regional High School. Students of all grade levels may apply for admission to the program beginning in the 2023-2024 school year. As part of the program, students will take courses that meet both classroom learning objectives and physical fitness goals. Students will be given opportunities to serve their community, become leaders in their classes, and participate in area competitions.

    Why participate in NJROTC?

    The program’s objectives aim to encourage initiative and individuality, to grow natural gifts, to demonstrate self-control, to develop personal character, responsibility, and leadership, and to cultivate integrity, loyalty, and dedication. For actively participating cadets, the largest benefit to be derived from NJROTC is personal growth and development into better-informed and more responsible citizens. The values, principles, and self-discipline taught in NJROTC promote positive, productive behaviors and provide a support structure that is critical in helping cadets feel a sense of belonging and strong self-worth as they progress through high school and beyond. Membership in NJROTC does NOT obligate a student for service with the U.S. Government or any branch of the armed forces. 


  • Dr. James J. Lavender
    Superintendent of Schools
    Ed.D., Wilmington University
    M.A., Wilmington University
    B.A., Rowan University
    Contact Information 
    O: (856) 467-3300, EXT. 4205
    F: (856) 467-5382
    Ms. Emily Virga
    Chief Academic Officer

    M.A. Educational Leadership, Montclair State University
    B.S. Economics, Drew University
    Instructionals Systems Technology, Doctoral Student, Indiana University
    Contact Information 
    O: (856) 467-3300, EXT. 4205
    F: (856) 467-5382
    CPO David Schuster
    NJROTC Instructor

    M.A., Higher Education Administration, University Of Louisville
    B.A., Business Management and Leadership, American Military University
    Contact Information 
    O: (856) 467-3300




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