The Chief of Naval Education and Training
prescribes the courses for naval science for NJROTC units that comprise the 3 or
The naval science program is constructed to include three academic classroom
sessions and two activity periods per week. The curriculum is based on 40-minute
sessions of instruction for 36 weeks, with 180 teaching days. This equates to
120 hours of contact instruction (72 hours of classroom instruction and 48 hours
of activities including military drill and athletics). Adjustments for class
length other than 40-minute periods, as well as staggered, rotating or modular
schedules, are made at the local school level.
- This program of 120 hours of instruction
equates to one Carnegie unit or one credit per year toward graduation as an
elective or other subject credit approved by school authorities.
- It is desired that all topics provided in the
curriculum be covered, but the depth of coverage must be determined by each
instructor according to the needs of his/her students. Major curriculum
content changes are not to be made without the prior approval of the Chief
of Naval Education and Training.
- Naval Science Instructors follow the
established procedures of individual schools regarding examination
- Three days per week
- Two days per week
Subjects Included in
The Chief of
Naval Education and Training routinely updates the curriculum to include new
texts, instructional materials and lesson plans. The curriculum is developed and
revised by civilian educators and NJROTC instructors. The wide variety of
subjects includes the following:
- NAVAL ORIENTATION -- A basic introduction to
the Navy -- its customs, traditions, and way of life.
- NAVAL OPERATIONS/ORGANIZATION -- Familiarizes
the student with national strategy and naval forces, daily military
operations, training, exercises, drills, and shipboard organization.
- NAVAL HISTORY -- History of the United States
Navy from the colonial period to the present.
- NAVIGATION -- An introduction to piloting and
- SEAMANSHIP -- An introduction to the general
subjects of seamanship that include anchoring and mooring, ship handling,
small boats, weather, ship construction, and steering and propulsion
- LEADERSHIP -- An ongoing study of the
principles and practical application of leadership with emphasis on
providing opportunities for students to exercise and develop their own
- NAUTICAL ASTRONOMY -- A study of astronomy and
its application to celestial navigation.
- ELECTRONICS -- An introduction to electronics
as the basis for shipboard radar, sonar, communications, and guidance
- OCEANOGRAPHY -- Provides information on the
collection and dissemination of hydrographic and navigational data of the
world's ocean systems.
- DRILLS, COMMANDS, AND CEREMONIES -- Includes
individual, squad, platoon, and company close order drill; rotation of
command; physical fitness; personnel inspections; and parade in company
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