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Course Syllabus for 2020-2021

Naval Science 1 & 2  (NJROTC)

Instructor: YNC(SW) Mark Acampa, USN (Ret.)                             Phone: 606.862.4710 (work)

Office Info: NLHS, Room 145B                                                        Email:           

Office Hours: 7:45am-3:30pm                                                           Course Info: Naval Science (NJROTC)


Required Text

  • Naval Science Textbook (NS1, NS2)
  • Cadet Field and Drill Manual (NS1, NS2, Survival and Wellness PT 2)


Supplemental Text

  • Cultural Awareness Textbook (NS4)
  • Turning Point Powerpoint presentations (All classes)


This course is divided into Maritime History and Nautical Sciences. The Maritime History section gives the Naval Science cadet a sense of how sea power is used to meet our nation's needs, how we defend our sea lanes and deny the enemy the use of the sea in time of war. Instruction includes sea power studies from early western civilizations to present day. The Nautical Science section includes training and instruction on maritime geography, oceanography, meteorology, astronomy, and physical science as it applies to Navy ships and aircraft. Students will receive training in physical fitness and military drill. Activities include color guard training, drill teams, academic team, physical fitness competition, air rifle competition, orienteering, and participate in parades, fund-raisers, and have the opportunity to go on at least one field trip.  This is an excellent class for college bound students as well as technically oriented students to learn skills that will help them be successful in an extremely competitive job market. 


Participation in this class does not result in any obligation to join the Navy or any other branch of the armed services.  The Naval Science Program is a part of the Navy’s Education & Training Command, NOT the recruiting command.  Most of the students taking Naval Science go on to college or straight into the workforce.  However, for those few that do enter the military, completing Naval Science typically qualifies them to enter the service at a higher rank and pay grade.


The Navy provides each student the seasonal uniforms free of charge.  Students learn responsibility and attention to detail through the care and wearing of the uniform one day per week.


The Naval Science program is also a lot of fun.  Graduates report that many friendships are created in the program and the unique activities and trips we take form some of the best memories of their high school years.


Course Objectives:

The Naval Science program objectives are based on our Country’s need for responsible, patriotic, and well-informed citizens.  The program is designed to help students develop and strengthen their self-respect, self-discipline, self-confidence and leadership skills.  In addition, students learn time management and organizational skills that are critical to their future success. 


Students will perform drill routines, ceremonies, and complete two group projects throughout the school year.  Additionally, they will have a minimum of four writing assignments covering U.S. Navy topics.


•Be enrolled in and attending a regular course of instruction in a grade 9 through 12 at the school hosting the unit.

•Be physically qualified to participate fully in the physical education program of the host school.

•Be selected by the NJROTC instructor with the approval of the school principal or his/her representative.

• Maintain acceptable standards of academic achievement and an academic standing that warrants at least normal progression leading to graduation.

•Maintain acceptable standards of conduct.

•Comply with specified personal grooming standards. Common sense and good judgment apply to the attainment of these standards. Standards will not be relaxed so as to reflect discredit upon the naval service.

•Under the secondary school open enrollment policy and when desired by the principal of the host school, students in grades 9-12 who are otherwise ineligible for regular NJROTC enrollment may enroll as special NJROTC cadets. Special NJROTC cadets may participate in school approved NJROTC activities, be called naval cadets, wear the uniform, participate as cadet officers, and go on field trips and orientation visits to military installations. Special NJROTC students may not, however, be counted with that number required to maintain an NJROTC unit. Any special equipment or additional staff that may be needed to instruct special NJROTC students is provided by the school.


NJROTC is graded on academic proficiency as well as aptitude.    Students will be graded on uniform wear, drill, physical fitness, writing assignments, and classroom participation.  NLHS uses the 4.0 grading scale:

90 – 100 = A; 80-89=B; 70-79= C; 60-69=D; 59 and below=F


Class Procedures

Students will enter the classroom, place their books/bags on their desks and fall in for muster/quarters.  Attendance will be taken and information on the day’s/week’s activities will be shared.  Students will then report topside or outside for brief physical fitness and then return to the classroom for instruction.

General Expectations

Student expectations will be guided by the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. 

                        Honor:  A keen sense of ethical conduct

                        Courage:  Mental or moral strength to venture, persevere and withstand danger, fear or difficulty

                        Commitment:  A state of being bound, emotionally or intellectually, to a course of action, or to

 a person or persons


Academic Content

                             1. Naval Science 1. Includes but is not limited to, the following areas of study.

                                    (a) Introduction to the NJROTC Program

                                    (b) Career Planning

                                    (c) Leadership

                                    (d) Followership

                                    (e) Citizenship: to include a review of The Constitution of the United States and The

                                                Declaration of Independence

                                    (f) Military Drill and Ceremonies

                                    (g) Uniform Appearance and Maintenance

                                    (h) Navy Ships and Aircraft Missions and Organization

                                    (i) Physical Fitness, Health, and Nutrition

                                    (j) Survival and Wellness


                             2. Naval Science 2. Includes, but is not limited to, the following areas of study

                                    (a) Leadership in the NJROTC Program

                                    (b) Naval Orientation

                                    (c) Naval Weapons

                                    (d) Small Boat Seamanship

                                    (e) Naval History: Revolutionary War to the present

                                    (f) Marine Sciences (Oceanography, Meteorology, and Maritime Geography)

                                    (g) Citizenship

                                    (h) Physical Fitness, Health and Nutrition

                                    (i) Survival Training

                                    (j) Naval Ship Construction and Damage Control


                             3.  Survival and Wellness, PT 2.  This class focuses extensively on advanced physical fitness; however, it also includes, but is not limited to, the following:


  1. Modeling Leadership
  2. Case Studies in Problem Solving
  3. Advanced Drill (IDR and Exhibition)
  4. Naval Customs, Courtesies, and Ceremonies


Additionally, FOR ALL NJROTC CLASSES, students are expected to wear the Navy issued NJROTC uniform one day per week (Thursday) and PT gear once a week (Friday).  Physical fitness will normally be performed on Monday and Friday.  Physical fitness for Monday is known as “fun PT” and the official PT gear is not required.  Instead, cadets should bring their own comfortable (and appropriate) gym clothes.  They should not perform physical fitness training in the same clothes they are wearing to their classes.





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