Distinguished Unit With Honors
James River High School NJROTC
Welcome to the official James River High School, Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps website. Within this page, you can find various resources to help you learn about our unit, get in contact with us, RSVP for events, and much more. In our 11 years of operation, we been have awarded seven prestigious awards, by demonstrating the Navy Core Values of: HONOR, COURAGE, AND COMMITMENT!
Fundraising, Recruiting, and Sponsors
Without the support of our sponsors, fundraisers, and recruiting trips, our unit would be struggling to stay afloat. So, if able and willing, please donate to help us give each and every cadet the tools and skills they can use as an adult. In addition, to fundraising, sponsorship from: the Rotary Club, and the Dominion Shooting range, uplifts our potential. Consequently, recruiting plays a major role to our unit. That is why it is so vital that we get new cadets to sign up. Nonetheless, if you are interested in our unit check out the cadet resources portion above to view the required forms, and or to get a waiver if interested in our fine Navy program.
If you would like to learn more about our long history; please, click the link below!
Interested in our Family?
Are you Interested in joining? Check out our many teams and aspects that make up N.J.R.O.T.C.
About our Instructors…
Our Instructors, Lieutenant Bradley LaFontaine (retired USN) Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Prince (retired USN) devote endless hours to the program and the cadets within. Our unit is grateful to house these outstanding individuals, who are filled with guidance and devotion to our program.
If you would like to learn more about our instructors, then inspect the link directly below.
Meet our 2021-2022 Leadership Team
Our Leadership Team for the 2021-2022 school year have been chosen to lead our unit through the school year to reach A5 and then Nationals. Commanded by the “Tri-ad” the Leadership Team works countless hours ensuring that our unit is up and running 24/7.
Click below to meet the members of our Leadership Team.Meet our Staff Members
Honoring those who gave the ultimate sacrifice…
On the left, Lance Corporal Karl Linn and on the right, Lance Corporal Jourdan Grez. These are two fellow James River Alumni who answered the call to serve. To preserve freedom abroad, these soldiers would be deployed to Iraq amid the Iraqi war. Both Karl Linn and Jourdan Grez, who assisted in Operation Iraqi Freedom, gave their lives to ensure we keep ours.
IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM CHIEF OF NAVAL OPERATIONS:
“Good evening, I wanted to take a few moments to talk to our Navy family – our officers, our enlisted Sailors, our Navy civilians, and our families – about the murder of Mr. George Floyd and the events that we have all watched on TV for the last several nights.
It’s been a very sad time for our country – a confusing time. And most of us are trying to figure it out and trying to ask ourselves, “What can we do?” “How can we contribute in a positive way to change things so that these things never happen again?”
I’ve been in the Navy for a long time and I’ve had a lot of experiences. Something I have never experienced and something I will never experience is that I will never walk in the shoes of a black American or any other minority. I will never know what it feels like when you watch that video of Mr. Floyd’s murder. And I can’t imagine the pain and the disappointment and the anger that many of you felt when you saw that. Because it’s not the first time, it’s happened time and time again in our country.
I don’t have all the answers, and as CNO I can’t write an order and change a policy that’s going to fix things. So, I thought I’d make a couple of points.
First right now, I think we need to listen. We have black Americans in our Navy and in our communities that are in deep pain right now. They are hurting. I’ve received emails, and I know it’s not a good situation. I know that for many of them, they may not have somebody to talk to. I ask you to consider reaching out, have a cup of coffee, have lunch, and just listen.
The second thing I would ask you to consider in the Navy we talk a lot about treating people with dignity and respect – in fact, we demand it. It’s one of the things that makes us a great Navy and one of the things that makes me so proud of all of you every single day. But over the past week, after we’ve watched what is going on, we can’t be under any illusions about the fact that racism is alive and well in our country. And I can’t be under any illusions that we don’t have it in our Navy.
Racism happens a lot and it happens with people that we don’t normally expect. It happens with people who are friendly, generous, and kind as well. It could be a friend, a coworker, it could be a family member or a close acquaintance. And they say something, and it’s not right. And you know it’s not right. But because they’re a friend, and you know them well, and they’re a good person. You say to yourself “they didn’t mean that…they didn’t mean for it to come out that way.” But it did. And they had that thought. And they verbalized it. There was a consequence and somebody was probably hurt by it.
So, when that happens, I want you to think about is approaching that person. Think about dignity and respect. Think about having a private conversation – an honest conversation in educating them. Make them more self-aware of what they did and what they said. If we don’t do that, racism, injustice, indignity, and disrespect – it’s going to grow and it’s going to continue. And we’ll have more weeks like we’ve had this week. And we’ll be disappointed. We’ll be more disappointed in ourselves because we let it happen. We let it happen.
I’m really proud of the Navy. I’m such an optimist about not only where we’ve been but where we are going. Let’s make it the best Navy possible. Let’s make it the best Navy for everybody. Thanks. Thanks for listening. Have a good night.”
– Admiral Gilday