In what has already been a banner year for the Chambersburg Area Senior High School Navy Junior ROTC Program, the Chambersburg Cadets can add an additional accomplishment – first ever designation as a “Distinguished Unit” by Naval Service Training Command. This is the highest annual assessment result that can be awarded, and only thirty percent of all units nationwide can earn this recognition.
Additionally, Chambersburg NJROTC has been designated the Area Four Most Improved Unit for 2020. Selected for this recognition out of 73 programs in the Northeast United States and Europe, this reflects the hard work, discipline, and dedication of the Chambersburg Cadets across the last several years.
During the 2019-2020 program year, the Chambersburg Cadets earned recognition and certification as an NJROTC Program, visited the USS New Jersey, travelled to four drill meets (including earning an invitation to the National Championship); spent a night on the Coast Guard Cutter Taney; visited State Senator Mastriano a the Pennsylvania State Capitol; toured the U.S. Capital with Congressman Joyce; earned fifth place overall in the Area 4 Brain Brawl Academic Competition; earned first place overall in the Area Four Medal of Honor Academic Competition; completed over 2300 hours of community service; and provided Color Guards at dozens of events around Franklin County.
The CASHS NJROTC Program is a Citizenship Development Program of the Chambersburg Area School District and the Naval Service Training Command. The CASHS NJROTC is open to CASD students in grades 9-12 and is led by retired Navy Commander Bruce Apgar and retired Marine Master Sergeant Louis Montney.
The Chambersburg Cadets would like to thank the many community organizations and individual that have contributed time, talent and financial resources toward the success of their program.