Our commitment to youth development honors Teddy Roosevelt’s values of spirit, competition and fair play.
Junior Reserve Officers training Corp (JROTC)
The JROTC program is a federal program conducted at accredited secondary schools and taught by instructors who are retired military personnel. The purpose of JROTC is “to instill in students in secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extracurricular activities of community service, academic, drill and orienteering competitions, visits to military facilities and physical fitness training.
The New York Council directly supports four JROTC units — three Navy (NJROTC) and one Marine Corps (MCJROTC). In Manhattan, the Graphics Campus NJROTC unit is embedded in a high school campus building on West 49th Street. The George Washington NJROTC unit is embedded in a high school campus building in Washington Heights. In Staten Island, the Council supports the NJROTC cadets of Curtis High School and the MCJROTC cadets of Tottenville High School.
The JROTC cadets often appear at New York Council events. Each year educational stipends are given to selected graduating cadets who have excelled in the program while underclassmen may be awarded the Navy League's Teddy Roosevelt Youth Medal.
Naval Sea Cadet Corps
The U.S. Naval Sea Cadets Corps program is a non-profit civilian youth organization made up of two programs: The Naval Sea Cadet Corps (NSCC) program for young people ages 13 through 17 and the Navy League Cadet Corps (NLCC) for young people 11 through 13. At the request of the Department of the Navy, the Navy League of the United States established the Sea Cadet program in 1962 to “create a favorable image of the Navy on the part of American youth.” Today's U.S. Naval Sea Cadet Corps continues to further the image of our maritime services by adhering to a standardized training program designed to:
develop an interest and ability in seamanship and seagoing skills
instill virtues of good citizenship and strong moral principles in each cadet
demonstrate the value of an alcohol-free, drug-free and gang-free lifestyle
expose cadets to the prestige of public service and a variety of career paths through hands-on training with our nation's armed services
The New York Council supports the Sea Cadet program by sponsoring the Bronx-based George Washington Division, with additional support for the Cpl. Kyle Carpenter Division, which is based on Long Island but includes cadets from Queens.
Since the Young Marines' humble beginnings in 1959 with one unit and a handful of boys, the organization has grown to more than 280 units with 9,600 youth and 2,500 adult volunteers in 46 states, the District of Columbia, Germany, Japan and affiliates in a host of other countries. The organization seeks to strengthen the lives of America’s youth by teaching the importance of self-confidence, academic achievement, honoring our veterans, good citizenship, community service, and living a healthy, drug-free lifestyle. The program focuses on character building and leadership, and promotes a lifestyle that is conducive to being productive members of society for boys and girls ages 8–18. Our sponsored unit, the River Towns Young Marines, meets weekly during the school year in Sleepy Hollow and takes part in events throughout the area. For additional information about the Young Marines or their events, visit their website.