Nease NJROTC hosts promotion & awards ceremony


Nease NJROTC held its fall Promotion & Awards Ceremony on the parade deck on campus, recognizing the cadet corps for exceptional performance during the past quarter.

Of the 240-member corps of cadets, 86 cadets received promotions. To be promoted, cadets must pass a written examination and complete a minimum number of community service hours. The higher ranks require more demanding exams and greater community service hours. In addition to the promotions, 725 Navy JROTC ribbon awards were presented to the cadets for meeting requirements in Unit Service, Community Service, Drill Team, Color Guard, Physical Fitness and Sea Cruise. Parents were invited during the ceremony to pin the new ranks on their cadet.

The two top awards presented during the ceremony were the prestigious Sailor of the Quarter awards – one given to the top freshman and top upper-classman. Cadets Anna Hampton and Ian Kleiber received these awards.

“NJROTC has taught me many invaluable lessons that I know will serve me well in the future,” said Kleiber, who intends to enlist in the military following graduation next spring.

Nease NJROTC has been recognized as the number one NJROTC unit in Area-12 (northern Florida and state of Georgia) for five consecutive years, and was the Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation in 2015.