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By Clay R. Cromer, LCDR, JROTC Program Manager
Office of External Outreach & Heritage
BLUF: The Coast Guard is pleased to announce the establishment of two new CG JROTC units: one at Lucy Beckham High School (LBHS) in Mt. Pleasant, SC, and one at Pinellas Park High School (PPHS) in Largo, FL, in the 2021-2022 academic year. We are encouraging the highest caliber influential leaders who meet the program qualifications and have a passion for developing service-minded citizens to pursue the opportunity of being a CG JROTC instructor at one of these units. Interested individuals should begin right away by applying for Navy JROTC instructor certification as key deadlines are fast approaching. After receiving certification, individuals will apply directly with the appropriate school districts in the spring of 21.
BACKGROUND: While the Coast Guard has two legacy JROTC pilot programs established under special legislation in 1989 and 2006, the service is now at the threshold of a new program era with the expansions authorized in the 2020 National Defense Authorization Act. This legislation authorizes the Coast Guard to establish and maintain a Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps, organized into units, at public and private secondary educational institutions. In June 2020, the Coast Guard committed to launching JROTC units at PPHS and LBHS. While the LBHS JROTC unit began this school year and is currently under the leadership of an interim instructor, both schools must hire up to 2 full-time JROTC instructors for the 2021-2022 school year.
QUALIFICATIONS SUMMARY: Each unit will be under the leadership of a Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI). Depending on program enrollment, the school may also hire a Naval Science Instructor (NSI) as well. The SNSI shall be a retired officer (W-2 through O-6) and serve as the instructional leader who oversees the unit. This individual shall have a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher learning. The NSI shall be a retired noncommissioned officer (E-6 through E-9) and serve as an instructional leader who teaches independently of, but shares program responsibilities with, the SNSI. The NSI shall have an associate's degree from an institution of higher learning. For both instructors, teaching certification or experience in secondary education will be preferred. Coast Guard instructor certification or training experience will also be preferred.
Additionally, all CG JROTC instructors must first successfully screen via the Navy JROTC instructor certification process. Details of this process and the required forms are available here: https://www.netc.navy.mil/Commands/Naval-Service-Training-Command/NJROTC/Inst-App-Process/#topcert. Note that application packages must be postmarked NLT 22 January 21, and the certification board will convene on 9 March 21. Applicants should carefully review the package requirements as soon as possible and become familiar with the wealth of amplifying information available on this site about being a JROTC instructor. Leveraging the Navy JROTC instructor certification process provides both an administrative support benefit for the Coast Guard as well as a certification benefit to individuals that allows them to pursue applying for any Navy JROTC instructor position, not just Coast Guard JROTC positions. Once receiving Navy JROTC instructor certification, applicants will apply directly with the school districts, going through the normal hiring process to include a background check.
Those individuals who are ultimately hired as the inaugural SNSI and NSI for the CG JROTC units at LBHS and PPHS will step into a challenging but fulfilling vocational opportunity. Instructors will serve as high-impact role models to students, instilling citizenship, responsibility, and a deep appreciation for the Coast Guard and our nation. Instructors will also figure as prominent and influential leaders who successfully facilitate positive relationships amongst the Coast Guard, school, and local community.
The Coast Guard JROTC Program Manager is partnering closely with the school administrators and our fellow service JROTC Program managers to launch our new units with excellence. Instructor positions will be advertised by each school NLT late March 21. For questions about the CG JROTC program, please email the Program Manager at CGJROTC@uscg.mil and check back soon at www.uscg.mil/community/jrotc for more information.