Frequently Asked Questions

[ Joining NJROTC ]

Do I have to enlist in the military if I join NJROTC?

  • No, cadets are not required to enlist after graduation.

What are the military benefits of NJROTC?

  • Those entering the military after taking a few JROTC classes will start at a higher pay grade than those joining without JROTC experience.
2 Years of NJROTC - Enlist as an E2
4 Years of NJROTC - Enlist as an E3

‌Does the program cost money?

  • There are no fees required to join NJROTC. All uniform items, community service, and competitions are free; however, overnight trips, such as Norfolk, Carowinds, and Patriots Point, will cost money.

What kind of credit is NJROTC?

  • NJROTC is a gym credit. If a student already has a gym credit, the class will be an elective course.

Where is the JROTC room?

  • Next to the cafeteria on Forest's side (D, E, F, G, H Houses).

What is a platoon (class)?

  • In our unit, each platoon is the equivalent of the first, second, third, or fourth block.

What are the differences between NS1-NS6 (Naval Science)?

  • NS1 - First class of NJROTC
  • NS2 - Second class of NJROTC
  • NS3 - Third class of NJROTC
  • NS4 - 4th class of NJROTC
  • NS6 - Leadership Course (Those who double-up on NJROTC typically take this course their senior year)

These classes are the level of NJROTC a student is taking. This is the equivalent of taking Art 1-3 or German 1-3.

What does JROTC stand for?

  • Junior
  • Reserve
  • Officer
  • Training
  • Corps


[ Parents ]

How can I chaperone for an overnight event?

  • Please fill out one of these forms from Horry County and turn it in to the front office.

Sterling Instructions (Required Background Check)

  • Create an Account
  • Fill out the necessary information. USE YOUR CURRENT LEGAL NAME
  • Follow guided instructions on the Sterling website.

[ Pictures ]

Where can I see more pictures of the NJROTC unit?

Social Media

[ Uniform Questions ]

Do I have to wear the uniform?

  • Each uniform day will be a high grade in the grade book. Cadets must wear their uniforms to pass the class.

When is the Uniform Day?

  • Cadets will wear their Khaki or Service Dress Blues every Wednesday for a whole school day.

What if I'm transgender?

  • Our NJROTC respects whatever gender a cadet identifies as. We will assign their uniform accordingly.
  • Cadets may also change in the bathrooms if they are uncomfortable with the locker rooms.

Do I have to wear the uniform all year?

  • Cadets only wear their uniforms for the semester they take NJROTC.

Do I have to wear my uniform for picture day?

  • No, students have permission from Captain Boyle to temporarily take off their uniform. After the event, cadets will need to put their uniforms back on. This also applies to messy art classes and PSAT, ASVAB, AP, and EOC testing.

How long can my nails be?

  • Nails cannot exceed 1/4th inch from the tip of the finger.

Do I have to cut my hair?

  • For a male to be in uniform regulation, their hair may not exceed 2 inches in bulk, 4 inches in length, and cannot touch the ear.
  • For a female to be in uniform regulation, their hair cannot touch the collar of the uniform. If their hair is too long, it must be put in a military bun.
  • Females with bangs/fringe must pin them under their cover.

What happens if I miss a uniform day?

  • If a cadet misses a uniform day, they will need to wear their uniform the following school day.
  • If a cadet fails to make up this grade, they will receive a zero.

What happens if I lose part of my uniform?

  • Cadets must pay a lost item fee. Contact the Supply Officer, Chief, or Captain for more pricing information.
C/LTJG Sarah Flemmer, Supply Officer -
Captain Kevin Boyle, Senior NSI -
Chief Gregg Thompson NSI -

‌What happens if I outgrow my uniform?

  • If a student outgrows any uniform item, it will be replaced by the Supply Officer for free.

Am I allowed to have tattoos in uniform?

  • Yes, cadets are allowed to have tattoos. While we prefer tattoos to be less visible, tattoos will not hinder a student's ability to do well in the program.

[ Teams ]

Do I have to be in NJROTC to participate in the afterschool teams?

  • Yes. The after-school activities are a part of the NJROTC unit to earn ribbons, medals, and stars. Students outside the program are not allowed to participate in extracurriculars.

How do I join teams?

  • For most of our teams, cadets are welcome to show up for practice to check it out. The only teams that have limited numbers are Rifle Team and Sea Perch.

‌[ Physical Readiness Test (PRT) ]       ‌


Sit-Ups (2 Minutes)

  • Age: 13
    - Minimum: 29
    - Max: 73
  • Age: 14
    - Minimum: 30
    - Max: 74
  • Age: 15
    - Minimum: 31
    - Max: 75
  • Age: 16
    - Minimum: 32
    - Max: 76
  • Age: 17
    - Minimum: 33
    - Max: 77

Push-Ups (2 Minutes)

  • Age: 13
    - Minimum: 12
    - Max: 20
  • Age: 14
    - Minimum: 13
    - Max: 20
  • Age: 15
    - Minimum: 14
    - Max: 20
  • Age: 16
    - Minimum: 15
    - Max: 24
  • Age: 17
    - Minimum: 16
    - Max: 25

1-Mile Run/Walk

  • Age: 13
    - Minimum: 11:40
    - Max: 8:35
  • Age: 14
    - Minimum: 11:30
    - Max: 8:31
  • Age: 15
    - Minimum: 11:20
    - Max: 8:27
  • Age: 16
    - Minimum: 11:10
    - Max: 8:23
  • Age: 17
    - Minimum: 11:00
    - Max: 8:15


Sit-Ups (2 Minutes)

  • Age: 13
    - Minimum: 45
    - Max: 92
  • Age: 14
    - Minimum: 46
    - Max: 93
  • Age: 15
    - Minimum: 47
    - Max: 94
  • Age: 16
    - Minimum: 48
    - Max: 95
  • Age: 17
    - Minimum: 49
    - Max: 96

Push-Ups (2 Minutes)

  • Age: 13
    - Minimum: 27
    - Max: 39
  • Age: 14
    - Minimum: 28
    - Max: 40
  • Age: 15
    - Minimum: 30
    - Max: 42
  • Age: 16
    - Minimum: 32
    - Max: 44
  • Age: 17
    - Minimum: 37
    - Max: 53

1-Mile Run/Walk

  • Age: 13
    - Minimum: 9:05
    - Max: 6:50
  • Age: 14
    - Minimum: 8:55
    - Max: 6:26
  • Age: 15
    - Minimum: 8:45
    - Max: 6:20
  • Age: 16
    - Minimum: 8:30
    - Max: 6:08
  • Age: 17
    - Minimum: 8:20
    - Max: 6:06

[ Cadet Questions ]

Where can I see my community service hours?

‌How can I volunteer to do the morning announcements?

How do I become a higher pay grade?

  • To advance to the next pay grade, cadets must pass specialized tests. A platoon commander will monitor these tests.

When can I do advancement tests?

  • All cadets may take advancements tests during their respective blocks; however, each platoon commander determines when students may take these tests during lunch.
  • Senior Chief also does promotion tests for all cadets, first or the second semester, during lunch on Wednesdays.
2nd Platoon - Mondays and Thursdays during lunch.
3rd Platoon - Monday and Friday during lunch.
4th Platoon - Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday during lunch.

How can I do Flag Detail?

  • Flag Details are voluntary. Students may use the sign-up sheet from Captain's Office or contact our Color Guard Officer.
C/ENS Mick Miller, Color Guard Officer -

How can I do Color Guard?

  • If you are interested in joining our Color Guard, please speak with the Color Guard Officer or Drill Commander to learn the proper facing movements.‌
C/LTJG Mick Miller, Color Guard Officer -
C/LT- Jeremy Meyer, Drill Team Commander -

Contact us

Feel free to contact us if you have any more questions! You can reach our Public Affairs Officer, Senior Naval Science Instructor, or Naval Science Instructor through the information below.

C/ENS Klaire Heller, Public Affairs Officer -

Captain Kevin Boyle, Senior NSI -

Chief Gregg Thompson NSI -