Cadet Leadership Responsibilities

The primary responsibility of leadership for all Cadet Officers and Chief Petty Officers is to set the highest standards of performance, lead by example, and do the best job possible. All EHS Cadets are responsible for meeting the expected standards of conduct and personal grooming as explained in the Escambia High School NJROTC SOP and Cadet Field Manual.

Officer and Chief Petty Officer responsibilities

With the assistant of the NSI, the SNSI selects and promotes/advances Cadets to Officer and Chief Petty Officer positions based on demonstrated leadership, performance, academic competence, active participation in unit activities, and enthusiasm. Cadet Officers and Chief Petty Officers are expected to set the example for junior Cadets in every aspect of the NJROTC program at EHS, as well as in school activities, in the community and at home. The responsibilities of leadership must be accepted before privileges associated with the officer and the Chief ranks may be enjoyed. Extra effort and time will be required to do the job assigned. Continued enthusiasm, a positive attitude, strong motivation, and outstanding performance are required of each Cadet Officer and Chief Petty Officer if he/she wishes to remain in their assigned billet or to earn promotions or advancements. The SNSI will remove from the Officer and Chief Petty Officer ranks any Cadet whose performance is unsatisfactory. All advancements to Chief Petty Officer and promotions to Officer positions are temporary and will be evaluated at the end of each marking period for continuation or removal from the position.

Training Officer (TO)

The primary duty of the TO is to develop the annual training plan for the unit, and in coordination with the OPSO, ensure this plan is successfully executed. Under the direction of the XO, specific duties include but are not limited to those listed below:

  • Maintain cognizance over all Unit teams by monitoring their training and preparation for meets, competitions, etc.
  • Closely coordinate with the Team Captains and maintain a record of training schedules and plans for each team.
  • Collect weekly muster reports from each Team Captain.
  • In coordination with the NSI, ensure that Cadets are aware of the training plan for weekly drill classes.
  • Take input from Team Captain regarding competition requests and in coordination with the OPS, make recommendations to the SNSI/NSI (via the Chain of Command) on how to accomplish these requests.

Ordinance Officer (ORDO)

The ORDO is responsible for assisting the SNSI/NSI in all matters related to assigned weapons and related equipment. Under the direction of the XO, specific activities include but are not limited to:

  • Maintain all assigned drill rifles and air rifles in good operating equipment.
  • Maintain the Unit Armory in a secure, orderly, and a neat manner.
  • Assist in care and storage of swords and belts.
  • As directed by the SNSI/NSI, perform maintenance and upgrades on all rifles. (Pellet traps will be cleaned only by the SNSI.)
  • Maintain the pellet traps for the air rifle, and upgrades on all rifles.
  • Always have a full accounting of all rifles, swords, duty belts and other equipment as required.

Public Affairs Officer (PAO)

The PAO is responsible for assisting with all public relations/publicity matters affecting the unit. He/she reports to the CO/XO via the OPS officer. Under the direction of the XO, specific activities include but are not limited to:

  • Ensure that press releases and/or articles are prepared and submitted to the SNSI via NSI; when approved by the SNSI, ensure all press releases and/or articles are submitted to appropriate news media each time an event of interest is scheduled and/or takes place. Media to be considered will include as a minimum local newspaper and the school newspaper.
  • Establish a system that will ensure positive contact by a PAO member with each NJROTC group likely to have newsworthy activities.
  • Establish communications with parents through publication of a periodic newsletter, newspaper, or web page to be published at least once per school quarter and distributed in the MEDIA folder.
  • Ensure that comprehensive files for PAO-related material are established and maintained. At a minimum, the following files are to be established.
  • NJROTC news releases and list of media to which submitted.
  • Copies of all news mentioning NJROTC and/or its Cadets.
  • NJROTC Newsletters, Newspaper and Web Page entries.
  • Photographs of NJROTC activities arranged by subject and properly labeled as to date, event and persons involved.
  • Arrange for publicity for NJROTC activities including annual inspection, competitions, field meets, drill meets, Change of Command, fund-raisers, social events, and projects.
  • Ensure the maintenance of a Unit history with such detail that a clear picture of the year’s activities is presented.
  •  Makes sure appropriate photographic coverage of all Unit events is obtained.
  • Ensure that NJROTC pages in the yearbook properly reflect the activities of the Cadets by working with the yearbook staff on the layout.
  • Ensure that fund-raising activities sponsored by the Unit are given appropriate support and publicity.
  • Assist the SNSI in maintaining the Unit’s Web Home Page (if applicable). This may be done by an approved Cadet web-master.
  • Maintain a point of contact listing for all local news media.

Platoon Commanders (PC)/Class leader

Under the direction of the XO, train and lead assigned platoon personnel in all aspects of military performance. The Platoon Commander’s duties include, but are not limited to those listed below:

  • Maintain a thorough knowledge of individual, squad, and platoon drill, plus the guidon, inspection and sword manual positions of the Drill and Ceremonies Manual.
  • Take steps necessary to ensure the platoon is prepared for the Area Managers Annual Military Inspection, Change of Command and any other functions where basic drill skills are required.
  • Take charge of the assigned platoon for all inspections, and other military formations.
  • Develop and promote high morale and spirit in their platoons.
  • Take personal responsibility for the advancement, participation, and welfare of the Cadets in their platoon.
  • Lead by example, and be “involved.”

Team Captains (Academic and Orienteering)

Team captains are responsible for the overall training and management of their teams. Under the direction of the Cadet Commander, they will prepare Cadets to participate in NJROTC-sponsored and other competitions. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Establish, publish, and hold a regular schedule of training sessions.
  • Nominate qualified Cadets to take part in competitions.
  • Establish and maintain team assignments to support the best training and competitiveness of the teams.
  • Verify team members ribbon request forms for awarding the Team Ribbon in accordance with established criteria.
  • Maintain a file of material that will assist Cadets in preparing for tests.
  • Coordinate desired competitions with the team’s coordinator.
  • Maintain accurate muster records for each scheduled practice. A permanent muster book will be utilized and the book will be placed in permanent file at the end of the school year. Those team members who have excused absence from school on the day of a practice or who have been excused by the CO/XO or SNSI/NSI will not be penalized in any way.
  • Ensure the PAO is provided with the information concerning activities of teams so that press coverage can be obtained.
  • Provide a list of those Cadets qualified to receive the NJROTC Varsity Letter (through the Chain of Command) three weeks prior to the end of the year Change of Command ceremony.