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CHAMBERSBURG (Sept. 25, 2019) — The NJROTC program at Chambersburg Area Senior High School is changing this year, but most people won’t notice the difference.

The changes have to do with the conversion of CASHS Navy National Defense Cadet Corps program to a funded Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.  Both programs are Citizenship Development Programs of the Naval Service Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. 

Chambersburg NNDCC launched in 2014 as a locally-funded, credit-granting elective at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School. 

Over the course of the last five years, CASHS NNDCC has completed a variety of inspections, training and competitions getting ready. The goal has always been to become a full NJROTC unit. 

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The program won Unit Achievement Distinction in 2018/19 school year. That set the stage for conversion as soon as an opportunity became available. 

On Sept. 16, the Navy offered this conversion which CASD’s School Board accepted at a regular meeting on Sept. 24.

What It Means to Community, Cadets

To the community, appearances will remain the same.  

CASHS has anticipated the conversion since the program began, according to Senior Naval Science Instructor Commander (RET) Bruce Apgar.

“We have held our program to the highest standards of a full NJROTC unit since the beginning to ensure the expected transition would be smooth and seamless,” he said. 

To students in the program, it will mean a lot.

Advantages Will Include:

  • Additional opportunities for community involvement.
  • Expanded opportunity for Cadets to compete across the northeast region.
  • Eventually traveling to National Championships. 

For the community, the change will mean significant funding relief because the Naval Service Training Command will now reimburse much of the program’s operating cost.

NJROTC Area 4 Manager Commander (RET) Jimmie Miller will preside over a formal commissioning ceremony on October 16 in the CASHS Auditorium. 

The public is invited to the commissioning ceremony. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Guests will need to be seated by 1:45.

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