Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) is a leadership and character development program available to La Habra students as part of the high school curriculum. There is no military obligation after high school. Cadets work in small groups with retired military instructors to learn leadership, citizenship, military drill, marksmanship, and a host of other topics. Cadets go on field trips to local military installations and events, as well as participate in several competitions against other units throughout the course of the year. Cadets are required to wear a military uniform one day a week and abide by Navy grooming standards on that day. Cadets engage in school and community service, learn about the military, and have access to significant academic and career resources to help them succeed in high school. Besides a nominal activity fee in the beginning of the year, there is no cost to participate, except for certain field trips. Cadets have the opportunity to earn scholarships to college that are not open to all high school students.
Cadets learn the Navy core values of honor, courage and commitment, and how they apply in every day life. Cadets are expected to do their best in all classes, and to avoid deceitful behavior such as lying, cheating, or stealing. Highlander cadets leave every class by saying "Better, Stronger, Safer, Smarter...CAN DO!" to remind themselves what they are striving to be each day.
NJROTC grants Physical Education credit, meaning that cadets do not have to take a separate Physical Education class. Instead, the cadets engage in physical activity Thursday and Friday of each week.
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