NJROTC - Knowledge

Chain of Command

  • President of the United States: The Honorable Donald J. Trump

  • Vice President of the United States: The Honorable Mike Pence

  • Secretary of State: The Honorable Mr. Rex Tillerson

  • Secretary of Defense: The Honorable James Mattis

  • Director of Homeland Security: Kirstjen Nielsen

  • Secretary of the Navy: (SECNAV) The Honorable Richard V. Spencer

  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: General Joseph Dunford, USMC

  • Vice-Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: General Paul Silva, USAF

  • Chief of Naval Operations: Admiral John Richardson

  • Commandant of the Marine Corps: General Robert Neller

  • Commandant of the Coast Guard: Admiral Paul Zukunft

  • Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy: Master Chief Petty Officer Steven Giordano

  • Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps: Sergeant Major Green

  • Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard: Master Chief Petty Officer Cantrell

  • Commander of the Naval Education Training Command: Rear Admiral Kyle Cozad

  • Chief of the Naval Service Training Command: Rear Admiral Michael Bernacchi

  • NJROTC Director: Mr. Tim Daseler

  • Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI): Lieutenant Ayling, USN (Ret.)

  • Naval Science Instructor (NSI): Master Sergeant Boden, USMC (Ret.)

  • Naval Science Instructor (NSI): Master Sergeant Kozlowski, USMC (Ret.)

  • Naval Science Instructor (NSI): Chief Petty Officer Santiago, USN (Ret.)

  • Regiment Command Officer: c/ Captain Kevin Mendoza

  • Regiment Executive Officer: c/ Commander Veronica Hernandez

  • Regiment Command Master Chief Petty Officer: c/ Master Chief Paola Aplinario

  • Chief of Staff: c/ Lieutenant Commander Miriam Hernandez

General Orders

Orders to the Sentry:
  1. Take charge of this post and all government property in view.

  2. Walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

  3. Report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.

  4. Repeat all calls from any post more distant from the guard house or quarterdeck than my own.

  5. Quit my post only when properly relieved.

  6. Receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me all orders from the commanding officer, command duty officer, officer of the deck, and officers and petty officers of the watch only.

  7. Talk to no one except in the line of duty.

  8. Give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

  9. Call the Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.

  10. Salute all officers and all colors and standards not cased.

  11. Be especially watchful at night, and during the time for challenging, challenge all persons on or near my post, and allow no one to pass without proper authority.

Note: All NJROTC cadets will sound off in a loud, clear voice when asked for a particular order as shown in the following example:
Commanding officer: “Cadet, what is the 5th order to the sentry?”
Cadet: “Sir/Ma’am, the 5th order to the sentry is: Quit my post only when properly relieved.” Sir/Ma’am

Official NJROTC orders to the sentry are also available for download here.

Leadership Principles

  1. Know yourself and seek self-improvement.

  2. Be technically proficient.

  3. Seek responsibility and take responsibility for your actions.

  4. Make sound and timely decisions.

  5. Set the example.

  6. Know your people and look out for their well-being.

  7. Keep your workers informed.

  8. Develop a sense of responsibility in your workers.

  9. Ensure that tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished.

  10. Train as a team.

  11. Use the full capabilities of your organization.


U.S. Navy Rates/Ranks

Pay Grade Rate Abbreviation Sleeve insignia Collar & Cap
E-1 Seaman Recruit SR / HR none none
E-2 Seaman
SA / HA none
E-3 Seaman SN / HN none
E-4 Petty Officer
Third Class
E-5 Petty Officer
Second Class
E-6 Petty Officer
First Class
E-7 Chief Petty
E-8 Senior Chief
Petty Officer
E-9 Master Chief Petty Officer MCPO

Pay Grade Rank Abbreviation Collar Shoulder/Sleeve
O-1 Ensign ENS
O-2 Lieutenant Junior Grade LTJG
O-3 Lieutenant LT
O-4 Lieutenant Commander LCDR
O-5 Commander CDR
O-6 Captain CAPT
O-7 Rear Admiral
(Lower Half)
O-8 Rear Admiral RADM
O-9 Vice Admiral VADM
O-10 Admiral ADM
O-11 Fleet Admiral* FADM

U.S. Marine Corps Rates/Ranks


Private First Class

Lance Corporal



Staff Sergeant

Gunnery  Sergeant

Master Sergeant


Master Gunnery Sergeant


Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps

Warrant Officer

Chief Warrant Officer-2

Cheif Warrant Officer-3

Chief Warrant Officer-4

Chief Warrant Officer-5

Second Lieutenant

First Lieutenant





Brigadier General
Major General