Naval Science Courses
NAVAL SCIENCE I (NJROTC I)
Full Year 9 10 (for new students in NJROTC)
Naval Science I includes: leadership; citizenship; foundations of our government;
navy ships; naval aviation; survival; first aid; basic military drill; marksmanship; physical fitness training; weekly uniform
NAVAL SCIENCE II (NJROTC II)
Full Year 10
11 (offered in alternate years with Naval Science III)
Naval Science II includes: naval leadership; naval orientation and career
planning; citizenship; naval history, 1860 through World War II; naval shipboard organization; naval weapons; meteorology;
navigation fundamentals and rules of the road; orienteering; military drill (arms and swords); marksmanship; Fundamentals
of first aid; physical fitness training; weekly uniform inspection.
NAVAL SCIENCE III (NJROTC III)
Full Year 10
11 (offered in alternate years with Naval Science II)
Naval Science III includes: naval leadership; military justice; astronomy;
international law and the sea; sea power and national security; naval history, World War II to Desert Storm; meteorology;
naval operations; maneuvering board; challenges of the future; electricity and naval electronics; orienteering; advanced military
drill;Fundamentals of first aid; marksmanship; physical fitness training; weekly uniform inspection.
NAVAL SCIENCE IV (NJROTC IV)
Full Year 12
Naval Science IV includes: fundamentals of leadership; responsibilities and
qualities of leadership; financial planning; cadet staff organization; advanced military drill; marksmanship; physical fitness
training; weekly uniform inspection.
The NJROTC program at Carson High School has consistently been recognized as one of the top units in the West because of the
overall performance of the cadets. This citizenship-leadership program sponsored by the Navy has been at CHS since 1974 and
in 2001 occupied the new ROTC complex adjoining the rifle range. It is not
a recruiting program for the armed forces but does develop skills necessary for general employment after high school graduation.
Besides leadership skills, these include responsibility, accountability, timeliness, ability to follow directions, grooming
and hygiene, lifelong physical fitness, ability to work as a team with people of varied backgrounds and abilities.
Naval science courses fulfill the physical education (PE) graduation requirement through structured, military-style
exercise routines including calisthenics and formation running as well as team sports, for example, softball, volleyball,
basketball, soccer and tennis. For cadets to participate in the physical fitness test administered once each semester, they
must complete the Nevada Interscholastic Athletic Association pre-participation physical examination each year.
Important portions of the naval science curriculum include leadership positions in the company
organization based on performance and ability;
a cadet promotion system, which has academic, military and physical standards; and field trips to various Navy training bases. We provide uniforms for each student at no charge, which they wear at school one day
each week. Students must purchase a unit T-shirt for wear during physical training.
Students must conform to grooming standards, that is, boys must have haircuts that are smoothly tapered on the sides
and back, not touching the ears or collar and no longer than four inches on top. Girls
must arrange their hair so that it does not fall below the bottom of the collar when they wear the uniform. Boys cannot wear earrings or facial jewelry when in uniform; girls may wear plain gold earrings, one per
ear in the lobe area only.
We conduct basic leadership training, similar to active duty recruit training, at a local
military facility during the first semester; the cadet officers and several active duty Marine drill instructors serve as
leaders for the camp. Many students who take naval science courses volunteer
to participate on the air rifle team (competitive), drill teams, orienteering team, saluting cannon team, or color guard. Voluntary community service projects, for example, Carson River clean up, PTSA Craft
Faire, and Salvation Army bell-ringing, are conducted throughout the school year. These
activities develop the leadership skills of the students through hands-on experience.
For students considering enlistment in the armed services after high school graduation,
completion of two or more years of naval science will allow enlistment at a higher pay grade.
This places them about twelve to eighteen months ahead of their peers. For
students pursuing a service academy appointment or college ROTC scholarship, naval science provides detailed information about
each of these opportunities. Students who complete two years of naval science
and meet stringent academic and physical requirements receive additional
consideration for four-year NROTC scholarships.