Helping today's Youth Meet Life's Challenges

Our program mission is to instill in students in United States secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.

What does the NJROTC program do?

  • Promotes Patriotism
  • Develops informed and responsible citizens
  • Develops respect for constructed authority
  • Develops leadership potential
  • Promotes high school completion
  • Promotes higher education
  • Promotes community service
  • Develops a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline and leadership
  • Promotes an understanding of the basic elements and need for national security
  • Provides information on the military services as a possible career.
  • Provides an alternative to gangs
  • Provides incentive to live healthy and drug free


Belleville NJROTC has multiple teams that cadets can join. We have teams that range from physical training to academics. Some teams teach you how to spin rifles or learn drill. At Belleville we have Color Guard, Armed and Unarmed drill, Air Rifle, and Orienteering.

Color Guard- 

The Belleville High School Color Guard assembles at school assemblies, ceremonies, drill competitions, and special events.

Unarmed drill-

learn the basics of drill without arms (rifles) such as marching in formations and basic facing movements.

Armed drill-

learn the basics of drilling such as marching in formation and basic facing movements while handling a rifle. Some skills that are highlighted are teamwork and spinning a rifle, and they can be showcased during competitions.


Learn how to navigate land using a compass and map. During competitions, cadets compete with others to find various checkpoints along the way


Cadets learn gun safety & basic marksmanship in firing range activities. During competitions, cadets fire in prone, kneeling, and standing positions.


The NJROTC instills these traits in each cadet to help them grow as people. They can take these with them and use them for the rest of their lives.


  • Approximately 60% of the NJROTC cadets who are graduating seniors continue to higher education.
  • The NJROTC program is motivational in encouraging cadets to graduate from high school and continue to higher education offering free ACT/SAT preparation.
  • NJROTC cadets are better behaved, have higher attendance, are role models for avoiding substance abuse, have higher self-esteem, develop positive life skills, on average have higher GPA's and graduate at higher rates.
  • Cadets learn the value of teamwork and individual accomplishments 
  • NJROTC teaches values, principles, and self-discipline promoting positive, productive behaviors and provides support that helps cadets avoid drug use and maintain a healthy and fit lifestyle.
  • NJROTC provides the opportunity for high school students to learn the basics of national security and their personal obligations as Americans.
  • The program enhances the military's image in the eyes of the community by providing the nation's youth a  chance to succeed.
  • While the training is along military lines, it is conducted to encourage initiative and individuality, to develop natural gifts, teach self control, and other personal qualities.
  • 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 Navy, or Air Force, and pay grade E-2 in the Army or Marine Corps; or completion of 2 years are entitled to E-2 in the Navy.
  • Senior Naval Science Instructor is authorized to nominate a maximum of 3 eligible cadets each year to compete for U.S. Naval Academy appointments.
  • Administrators of host schools that are designated as Distinguished Units with Academic Honors may nominate 3 eligible NJROTC cadets as candidates for appontment to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy in addition to the 3 nominations above to the U.S. Naval Academy.