Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps

For more information contact:

Team Leader:
Commander Lawrence Bateman


Overview | NJROTC Activities | NJROTC Teams | JFKHS NJROTC Chain Of Command | Social Networking | Booster Club


The purpose of the Navy Junior Officers Training Corps, also known as NJROTC, is to "instill in students the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.” Choosing to take part in one of the most diverse and interesting programs a high school student can participate in, you will be joining more than half a million other students across the United States.

NJROTC also offers teams that compete against other local high school units in academics, athletics, color guard, cyberpatriots, drills, drones, honor guard, orienteering, and marksmanship. Cadets take part in a wide variety of community service work as a part of citizenship training, therefore opportunities to earn SSL hours are guaranteed. We stay busy throughout the year, taking part in various field trips in and out of state. Cadets have also stated that the connections and friendships developed last a long time after they graduate high school. Come join us and see first hand what we are all about, and visit us on Facebook and Twitter.

Quality leaders are needed across all career paths. The NJROTC curriculum combines leadership development, academic studies and service. Leadership development concentrates on cadet corps activities, drills and ceremonies, improving study habits, time-management skills, developing effective communication skills, and learning sound problem-solving techniques. Academic studies introduces the historical, scientific, and technical aspects specific to each service.

NJROTC Activities

The John F. Kennedy NJROTC attends and holds many activities every school year, and during the summer. They include but are not limited to military ceremonies, museums, parades, and school events. Our unit doesn’t only attend events such as those mentioned above, but our unit is sometimes asked to help at events in our community. For example, we are asked to help at events such as church events, community fairs, college events, etc.

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Cadets run in formation and sing cadences at Basic Leadership Training.

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Our cadets marching in our 2021 Homecoming Parade.

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Each month our cadets engage in Cadet Formation, during which Cadets are recognized for their contributions to the NJROTC unit and are promoted to their next rank (left); Cadets experience Personnel Inspection (right).

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NJROTC students go on field trips to learn more and engage in hands-on experiences. Here they are in Baltimore at the USS Constellation and the Baltimore Aquarium.

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Drone competition time!


NJROTC also offers many teams to participate in, from physical to academic to ceremonial, we have it all.

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Air Rifle Team
Team Commander: c/PO3 Baker-Miller
The Air Rifle Team consists of 8 cadets from all grades, practicing their accuracy and precision with air rifles for Air Rifle Competitions. Cadets are to first pass a safety test before becoming a member of the team.

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Academics Team
Team Commander: c/PO3 Medina
The academics team does many things such as aiding in homework for different classes, help in learning NJROTC knowledge, and competitions by taking tests on American history and Naval knowledge.

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Athletics Team
Team Commander: c/SA Kallon
The athletics team is for both, girls and guys, and is based on the cadets physical fitness. Cadets attend practice a few times a week after school to build muscular endurance and prepare for competitions held at different schools. Athletic team exercises consist of but are not limited to push-ups, sit-ups, curl-ups, Australian trollies, and mile runs.

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Color Guard
Team Commander: c/LCDR Miszinski
Color Guard is the ceremonial representation of the national flag and associated institution. Color Guard usually consists of 4 people, 2 with rifles, one with the American Flag, and the other with the associated institutions flag. Color Guard attends drill meets to also compete with other schools in how well their Color Guard is doing.

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Drill Team
Team Commander: c/CPO Lida
The drill team is one of the most competitive teams in the NJROTC program. NJROTC drill teams from different high schools hold competitions for marching, personal appearance, and NJROTC knowledge. Trophies are then held out at the end to the schools who performed best.

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Orienteering Team
Team Commander: c/PO3 Correas-Garcia
The orienteering team consists of cadets, going on a treasure hunt-like search, but are only given a map and a compass, and are placed in a specific environment to locate markers. Schools are then judged based on the time the run took, and whether the cadets chose the correct markers.

NJROTC 2022-23 Chain of Command

The Unit Chain of Command is available on this page.

Principal: Dr. Joe Rubens
Senior Naval Science Instructor: Commander Lawrence Bateman
Naval Science Instructor: Chief Sharon D. Rogers
Commanding Officer: C/Srivastava
Executive Officer: C/Murray
Senior Chief Petty Officer: C/Medina
Operations Officer—Lieutenant Junior Grade: C/Zuniga
Administration Officer—Lieutenant Junior Grade: C/Talmoud
Supply Officer—Lieutenant Junior Grade: C/Perez
Drill Team Commander—Lieutenant Junior Grade C/Deras Leon
Unarmed Basic: C/Deras Leon
Armed Basic: C/Deras Leon
Unarmed Ex: C/De Leon
Armed Ex: C/Molina
Color Guard Commander—Chief Petty Officer: C/Martinez
Honor Guard—Chief Petty Officer: C/Franco Valdivia
Training Officer—Lieutenant Junior Grade: C/Ayala, D.
Public Affairs Officer—Ensign: C/Togo
Armory Officer—Chief Petty Officer: C/Benjamin
Athletics Commander—Chief Petty Officer: C/Estrada
Rifle Team Commander—Lieutenant Junior Grade:  
Orienteering Commander—Chief Petty Officer: C/Zavala Ruiz
Cyberpatriot—Chief Petty Officer: C/Sene
Drone Commander—Chief Petty Officer: C/RIvas Hidalgo
Recycling Commander—Chief Petty Officer: C/Gomez Argueta
Academic/Brain Brawl—Chief Petty Officer: C/Soto
Student Service Learning Coordinator—Chief Petty Officer: C/Fernandez

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JFK NJROTC Booster Club

The mission of the JFKHS NJROTC Booster Club is to promote and support the NJROTC program at JFKHS through fundraising activities, extra-curricular activity support, educational support and other assistance that may be requested by the Naval Science Instructors. JFK’s NJROTC Booster Club is a registered charity and is exempt from federal income tax under the IRS 501(c)(3) code. Any money donated to the unit is tax exempt, to the extent allowed by law, and the club is eligible to receive charitable contributions from outside organizations.

Support the Unit and Your Cadet! How to Donate:

  1. PayPal: Donate through secure account online at
  2. AmazonSmile: Designate the Boosters as your charity:
    • Go to
    • Click “Supporting” at the top left of your screen
    • Choose “John F Kennedy NJROTC Booster Club, Inc.” (make sure to select location Silver Spring, MD)
  3. Checks: Mail check made payable to JFK NJROTC Booster Club, JFK NJROTC, 1901 Randolph Road, Silver Spring, MD 20902