Carson High Navy JROTC Named Distinguished Unit

Cadet Commanding Officer of the Carson High School Battalion Diana Pierrott, left, with Cadet Officer Allison Gerow, share the excitement with battalion cadets after the unit received the Distinguished Unit with Distinction award .

Carson High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps program won a Distinguished Unit Award with Academic Distinction for the fifth consecutive year, Lt. Cmdr. Dan Meyer announced.
The school’s NJROTC cadets received a pennant and flag that had been received by overnight mail for a surprise awards ceremony on April 27 to honor the hard work of the cadets, he said.
“Everything we do matters,” Meyer, who is finishing her eighth year with the program, said of the process her unit went through to earn the award. “We have a report that all units submit. If we go to a drill meet, we get X points. If we organize a drill meeting, we get points for it.
Cadets who earn at least a 3.0 grade point average and perform community service also contribute points, with the U.S. Navy taking a particular interest in a student’s academic excellence, Meyer said. Carson High students did well, Meyer said. While there were no appointments for students applying for an ROTC or service academy this year, last year two cadets did.
With 177 cadets this year, a slight drop from 2020-21 enrollment, he said there are 150 incoming freshmen next year, and staff are encouraged by that after introductions were made in colleges. The work continues to shape misconceptions that it’s not just for students solely interested in pursuing military careers, though JROTC or NJROTC are viable programs for young people considering such paths.
“A lot of students and certainly parents don’t understand,” he said. “They think we’re a training camp. We talk about leadership. It’s always good to make these presentations. They enjoy community service, competitions.
Meyer said the students enjoy performing the community service aspects of the program and participating in the competitions.
“We are like a family,” he says. “It’s kind of their niche. They like to be part of something. It attracts them. »
Carson High participated in four exercise competitions this year and three orienteering competitions. It hosted the Navy National Orienteering Championships at Joseph D. Grant County Park in San Jose in March, Meyer said.
The Carson High program is part of Area 13, made up of eight units in Alaska, California, Colorado, Guam, Idaho, Japan, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. For the award, regional leaders select their top unit for the Distinguished Unit Award to recognize up to 30% of host schools that meet certain criteria of excellence. Area 13 has 48 units and 14 units can be selected as a “distinguished unit”.
Each area manager then selects one unit as the “most outstanding unit” in their area, and this year, Carson High School’s NJROTC unit was selected as Area 13’s most outstanding unit. then submit nomination records for the area winners to Naval Service Training Command for a competition to select the “most outstanding NJROTC unit” in the nation. Each region and the national winner will receive a Navy League trophy. They will also recognize the first three additional units.
Meyer expressed appreciation for the local community and business support for the cadets as part of a regular business, whether they donate money or cases of bottled water for physical activities.
He said he would like to see the program expand again as restrictions ease.
“We want to be involved in even more competitions,” he said. “We will have more opportunities for community service. We’ve been really held back (with COVID-19), as well as traveling more and taking cadets to more military installations. We usually took a trip to San Diego. We want to do more fun things for cadets. This is the big vision.

Principal Bob Chambers added that the unit’s achievement is to be applauded.
“The CHS ROTC program is a foundational program for students to learn to be leaders, whether in the classroom or outside of school,” Chambers said. “The skills they learn at ROTC will help them succeed in life. This recognition is well deserved.”

Dino J. Dotson