Central JROTC Earns Top Honors

The Central Regional JROTC poses with their instructors. (Photo courtesy Central Regional School District)

BERKELEY – The Central Regional Army JROTC Program earned a 95.21 percent on their inspection and received 400 out of 400 possible points on their unit report, according to a school release.

The unit was inspected by the 2nd BDE Cadet Command from Fort Dix. This was the first year they’ve been formally inspected.

Due to these high scores, the JROTC was named an Honor Unit with Distinction, a designation few earn their first time around.

“This high level achievement is a reflection on each cadet, the JROTC program, and Central Regional High School,” the release stated.

This allows the instructors, Col. Michael Tier and Master Sgt. Sherlock Grant, to nominate up to three cadets to attend the Service Academy of any branch, in addition to the nominations to the units’ own branch academy.

As a badge of honor, the cadets will wear a gold star above their name tags in recognition of their high scores.

Lt. Col. Tier passes the Commander’s Coin to high school principal Doug Corbett and Superintendent Triantafillos Parlapanides at the Central Regional Board of Education meeting in thanks for their support for the JROTC program. (Photo by Chris Lundy)

More than 500 students have been part of the JROTC since it began in 2013. There have been graduates who joined the Army at an advanced rank of Private 1st Class because of this training. Others have received scholarships for it.

This year, there are 11 senior cadets that will be graduating. Of them, three received full scholarships to Norwich University, Valley Forge Military Academy, and Regent University. Three graduates will be attending Ocean County College. One cadet is attending Johnson & Wales University. The remaining four cadets are entering the U.S. Military in several capacities including military police, Army Nurse, and U.S. Marine Corps – Infantry.