Stephen Decatur High School

NNDCC Program

Synepuxent Post 166 is proud to support the NNDCC program at Stephen Decatur High School in Berlin, Maryland and we would like to give you a view of the accomplishments of this group. Their 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.


The NJROTC program was established by Public Law in 1964 and may be found in Title 10, U.S. Code, Chapter 102. The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel. The NJROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, drill competition, field meets, flights, visits to naval activities, marksmanship training, and other military training. Uniforms, textbooks, training aids, travel allowance, and a substantial portion of instructors' salaries are provided by the Navy.


Navy Establishes New Cadet Corps

 The Navy established a Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) program April 22, 2011 and is offering the program to qualifying secondary educational institutions.

The NNDCC program provides schools that do not qualify for a Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) unit an opportunity to provide a similar program designed to expand students’ opportunities to gain the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.

To be considered for an NNDCC unit, the school must be accredited by a United States nationally-recognized accrediting agency or be accredited by a state, state educational agency or state university, and have at least 50 physically-fit high school students over 14 years of age interested or participating in the NNDCC program.

SDHS now falls under this program, and NJROTC Unit is supposed to have an enrollment of 10% of the student body at the Hosting School. Unfortunately the number of those enrolled in the program has fallen below that 10% mark. To continue the program, SDHS has been allowed to host the NNDCC program using the same basic curriculum as the NJROTC program.

(To learn more about this, see page 2)

NJROTC Basic Facts

  • 583 NJROTC Units and 31 NNDCC Units as of January 2017.

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