Congratulations to our NJROTC Cadet of the Month for January, 9th grader Cameron Messner


The Cadet of the Month recognition program recognizes a student cadet who exemplifies an outgoing personality, high academic achievement, NJROTC excellence, and portrays the three Navy core values of honor, courage, and commitment.


Deptford High School’s NJROTC program is designed to build leadership, scholarship, and citizenship in our participating student cadets.  This is done through a broad social-science academic approach and practical, guided leadership experience in naval organization and administration of the unit. The curriculum consists of four courses emphasizing leadership, service, citizenship, and the relationship of the seas to American history, world geography, technology, international relations, and economics.

The United States Navy provides cadets with uniforms, books, and training aides. Cadets are required to wear their uniform to school one day each cycle.  Although not a requirement, participation in extra-curricular activities such as color guard, drill teams, air rifle team, and academic and physical fitness teams is encouraged.

There is no military obligation associated with this program.

Successful completion of an NJROTC course meets the 5 credit requirement for 21st Century Life and Careers/Career-Technical Education.

The program is led by Naval Science Instructors (NSI) Operations Specialist Senior Chief Petty Officer (OSCS) Franco A. Colamarco, USN, Retired, and Richard A. Colonna, Captain, USN, Retired, MS Ed.


For more information about Deptford High School’s NJROTC program, please visit