Cadet Orientation and Drill Camp

Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
Sprayberry High School
2525 Sandy Plains Rd, Marietta, GA 30066
(770) 578-3200 ext. 301, 302

Parents of new NJROTC Cadets for SY 2017/18,

Congratulations on having your son and/or daughter sign up for the Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) program at Sprayberry High School. I am very excited as we continue to grow our nationally recognized program this upcoming school year. Gunnery Sergeant Andrew Edgett and I look forward to this challenge and the opportunity to work with your child. Rather than just teaching a class per day to students, we administer an overall program that emphasizes self-discipline, reliability, academics, physical conditioning and character development from day one. While in our program, your cadet will be able to earn promotions within our cadet ranks (from Cadet Seaman Recruit up to Cadet Commander). Additionally, cadets will be able to compete in our various teams in drill, athletics, academics and orienteering. Of course, just “showing up” won’t necessarily earn your cadet a ribbon or promotion as all of our cadets must personally earn everything they receive in NJROTC.
The purpose of this letter is to announce the opportunity for our new cadets to participate in the Annual NJROTC Orientation Camp, which will be held jointly with Lassiter High School at Lassiter NJROTC. The dates are Monday and Tuesday July 24 and 25 from 9am until 3pm each day. Our cadet leaders are developing an agenda that will detail each day’s activities. Attending our orientation will afford the students an excellent opportunity to transition into the NJROTC program. Bottom line, by attending, they will meet the NJROTC Instructors, get a better feel for the NJROTC program, meet fellow cadets and staff, learn basic drill movements and participate in athletic events. We will not be strictly enforcing grooming standards during the two days, but males must leave their earrings at home. We will discuss the grooming standards that will be strictly enforced during the school year (these standards are required by the U.S. Navy to enable a student to participate in the NJROTC program). We will have one session for parents (Monday 7/24 at 9am) which will be conducted by our Senior Naval Science Instructors. Our new cadets will also have an opportunity to participate in Drill Camp, which will take place on Thursday, July 27 from 9am until noon. Participation at all events is not mandatory but highly encouraged. Cadets should wear athletic clothing and running shoes and bring a water bottle and packed lunch on Monday and Tuesday. We will serve pizza at Drill Camp on Thursday.
There is no sugar coating the fact that NJROTC will be unlike any other class your son or daughter will experience. We will demand that our cadets maintain accountability and responsibility for their actions and performance. We will not be bashful about pointing out their shortcomings or failure to measure up to our standards. However, if they do well in JROTC, they will eventually earn an officer’s job and assist in running the unit, possibly earning scholarships at ROTC universities. They will learn leadership, teamwork and citizenship skills from a proven program that instills confidence and maturity.
So please send us an email at [email protected] or [email protected] if your son or daughter can attend. Thanks, and we look forward to meeting each and every one of you.

Sincerely,
LCDR Dennis P. Wonders, USN (ret)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Sprayberry Navy JROTC

Nationals Recognition with the CCSD Board

Nationals team members are invited (and expected!) to attend a recognition ceremony that will take place before the CCSD Board on Thursday, May 18 at 6:15pm. Participating cadets should come in NSU (buttercup) uniform with ribbons and medals to the district headquarters at 514 Glover St, Marietta, GA 30060 no later than 6:15pm. The ceremony will be over by 7pm.

Jackets had a great Navy Nationals; now go get recognized!

Awards Picnic @ Lake Allatoona

Sprayberry NJROTC 8th Annual Awards Picnic

Saturday, May 6, 2017
Picnic Lunch Served at 11:00 am
Awards at 12:00 pm

Cadets: Free; All other guests: $5

After picnic/awards- Beach, Volleyball, Swimming, Fishing, Boating…bring appropriate gear!

Location: Navy Lake Site at Allatoona, 166 Sandtown Road Military Park, Cartersville, GA 30121

Directions:

From I-75 Northbound: Exit I-75 at Exit 283. Turn right onto Old Allatoona Rd (turns into Sandtown Rd.) Continue on Sandtown Rd. for approx. 3.5 miles. The park is located on the left.

GPS Coordinates: LAT 34.089519, LON -84.720851: Scan below on Smartphone for Google Maps directions.

RSVP Form:
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Results: Jacket Battalion 2017 NJROTC National Athletic Champions

The Jacket Battalion had an amazing trip to Navy Nationals at Naval Air Station Pensacola, FL on April 7 and 8. The unit competed with the top 24 NJROTC units across the nation and earned the title of National Athletic Champions taking first place overall athletics with 1st place finishes in Curl-ups, Push-ups and the 16×100. Sprayberry now holds the all time record in curl-ups at the event. The unit finished 11th overall.

Individual Athletic awards went to:

Jacob Tucker: 6th place (tie) push-ups (118)

Matias “TP” Teixeira-Prates: 6th place (tie) push-ups (118)

Rigel Forman: 3rd place push-ups (124) and 2nd place curl-ups (331)

Amanda Yancey took 1st place female curl-ups setting a new nationals record with 324.

Incredible job, Jacket Battalion!

Complete Results:
http://www.thenationals.net/nn-results-2017.pdf

2017 Navy Nationals Trip April 6-9

Schedule matrix:
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2017 Navy Nationals Itinerary Sprayberry NJROTC

Thursday, April 6

– 6:00am: Depart Sprayberry
– 7:15-8:30am (CDT): Visit Auburn NROTC
– Noon: Stop for lunch
– 1:30-4:30pm: Visit Fort Pickens; Langdon Beach
– 5:15pm: Check-in Springhill Suites, 487 Creighton Rd.
– 6pm: Go to dinner at local restaurant; return to hotel.
– 10:30pm: All cadets in rooms; study; prep; lights out.

Friday, April 7

– 7am: Wake-Up
– 7:30am: Eat breakfast at hotel; Girls should prep hair for inspection.
– 9:15am: Depart for NAS Pensacola in PT Gear (20 minute drive)
– 10am: Stage uniforms and gear in drill hall
– 10:15am: Lunch in galley
– 11:15am: Change into uniforms in drill hall
– 12:15pm: Personnel Inspection; 12:45 Color Guard
– 1pm: Change into PT gear; 2:15 Curl-ups, 3pm Push-ups, 4pm 220, 5pm 100
– 5:30pm: Dinner in galley
– 6:30pm: Non-Academic team cadets return to hotel; Academic Team study
– 7:45pm: Academic Test
– 8:45pm: Academic team return to hotel
– 10pm: All cadets in rooms; lights out.

Saturday, April 8

– 5:30am: Wake-Up
– 6:15am Depart for NAS Pensacola in PT Gear (20 minute drive)
– 7am: Breakfast in galley
– 7:30am: Unarmed/Armed Basic Team change into uniform/practice; on deck at 8:15. 8:30: UB.
– 9am: All cadets change into uniform; Armed Basic Practice; on deck at 9:45. 10am: AB.
– 10:30am: All cadets meet with Rear Admiral Stephen Evans, NSTC
– 11am: Lunch in galley
– 12pm: Unarmed Ex and Armed Ex practice; 1:15pm: UX; 2:45pm: AX
– 3pm: Unit Photo
– 4:30pm: Dinner in galley
– 5:30pm: Base exchange shopping
– 6:30pm-8:30pm Awards Ceremony at Naval Air Museum
– TBD Return to hotel

Sunday, April 9

– 7am: Wake-Up
– 7:30am Eat breakfast at hotel
– 8:30am Depart for Ft Benning
– 1:30pm (EDT): Visit National Infantry Museum/Lunch
– 4pm: Depart for Sprayberry
– 6pm: Arrive Sprayberry

Sprayberry Earns 2nd Consecutive Bid To Navy Nationals!

Last Saturday, the top 16 NJROTC units in Area 12 converged in Coffee county for the Area 12 (all of GA and N. FL) Drill Championship. This year, the top 2 teams earned a bid to the Navy Nationals in Pensacola this April 7,8. Sprayberry dominated in athletics and inspection and held their own in all other categories. Final results were:

1. Nease (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL)
2. Sprayberry

Sprayberry is the top unit in the state of Georgia for the second straight year, and will be Georgia’s only representative at the competition.

The unit took first place overall athletic, first place inspection, 2nd Unarmed Basic, 3rd Color Guard, 5th Armed Basic, 1st Curl-ups, 1st Push-ups, 2nd 16×100 Mixed Relay, 4th 8×220 Mixed Relay. Individual athletic awards went to Rigel Forman, Michael Cooper, Daniel Petruccelli, Ricardo Marquez, Jacob Tucker, Elson Reyes, Stensy Ramirez-Castro, Cris Estrella-Rodriguez and Amanda Yancey.

Which leads us to Navy Nationals. The Navy Nationals Academic, Athletic and Drill Competition is an annual assembly of the finest NJROTC units in the world, consisting of the top 25 units out of over 600 worldwide. The competition challenges units in all aspects of NJROTC with a Military Inspection, Academic Test, drill events in Color Guard, Armed and Unarmed Basic and Exhibition Drill, Mixed Team Push-ups, Curl-ups, 16×100 and 8×220 relay races. Teams consist of a maximum of 40 cadets.

No Cobb County school has made Nationals since 2004, and the Jacket Battalion has now done it in both 2016 and 2017!