Nationally recognized! Award Winning!



Welcome back!   We are half way through the 2023-2024 school year and what a successful first half of the year we have had.  All five competition teams qualify for their respective Area (State) Championships and the Orienteering Team won the Area-12 (State) Championship.  We return from a well-deserved holiday break and look forward to many great events planned in the coming months such as competitions, championships, trips, community service events, military ball (think Prom only better), Area Managers Inspection, and awards night.  Get ready to hit the ground running.  Hillgrove has proven time and time again how good we can be when we work together as a team.  Success is not the goal, it is the result....the result of hard work and opportunity!  Let's get to work!

2023 HOLIDAY RAFFLE DRAWING RESULTS - Thank you to all who supported our program and cadets in this year's raffle.  Congratulations to the following winners of this year's raffle.
1st Prize ($1000 Cash) - Jessica Ocasio (ticket sold by EO, $100)
2nd Prize ($400 Cash) - Myesha Davis (ticket sold by KO, $40)
3rd Prize (Playstation 5) - Jennifer Haley (ticket sold by CH, $35)
4th Prize (55" LG UQ70 4K LED UHD TV) - Lisa Lawrence (ticket sold by MD, $30)
5th Prize ($100 Cash) - Jeff Zimmer (ticket sold by EB, $10)


Forms link: NJROTC has some forms, as well as a school physical, that must be completed.
Please click here to be taken to the the required forms page. 
Hillgrove cadets have experienced many successes over the years.  Our cadets are fiercely competitive and work very hard to put themselves in a position to be successful; winning matters! Our cadets understand that nothing is given, rather, everything is earned. They simply prepare to be the best they can be across all areas of competition and performance...success follows.

To that end, CONGRATULATIONS to ALL of our competitive teams (Brain Brawl, Drill, Drone, Orienteering, and Rifle) who each qualified for their respective Area-12 (State) Championship competitions again this year.  Hillgrove is the ONLY unit in GA to qualify for ALL five NJROTC championships; There are 61 eligible NJROTC units in Area-12.

Current Year (2023-2024) Competition Results
Academic - Finished 3rd at Eagles Landing Regional Event. State Championship is March 2024.
Air Rifle - Qualified for State Championship in January 2024 in Sporter division.
Drill - Won both regional qualifying events at Lee County and Sprayberry HS's. Area-12 (State) Championship to be held in March 2024. Participated in Navy Nationals in 2023 for the first time ever, placing 14th in the Nation at Nationals held in Pensacola, FL! Incredible job cadets!
Drone - Won our first regional qualifying event at McDonough HS, FL. Current defending Area-12 (State) Drone State Champions.
Orienteering - Won three regional qualifying events this year and WON the Area-12 (State) Orienteering Championship in December 2023This is our 5th State Championship in seven years.  Cadets also WON NAVY NATIONALS FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR in March 2023 and will look to defend their title in South Carolina in March 2024.
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The Hillgrove Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) was established in 2009 and commissioned in 2010. We are part of NJROTC Area-12, with our headquarters and Area Manager located in Jacksonville, FL. As one of the youngest units in the nation we quickly established ourselves as one of the top units, holding numerous Orienteering and Academic State Championship titles.  We are also the current back-to-back-to-back (3-peat) Navy National Orienteering Champions.  We have also been designated a “DISTINGUISHED UNIT WITH ACADEMIC HONORS” for nine consecutive years (2015-2023); an honor reserved for the top performing NJROTC units nationally.  We are the #1 NJROTC in the state of Georgia. Our annual cadet enrollment is approximately 100 cadets.

Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps is a citizenship development program. The NJROTC program was authorized by the JROTC Vitalization Act of 1964. The mission of the NJROTC program is “to instill in students the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.” The NJROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, academic, drill, marksmanship, orienteering, and drone competitions, visits to industry and college campuses, and numerous other activities and trips. We follow and instill the Navy’s core values of Honor, Courage and Commitment and feel that active cadets will see the greatest benefits in personal growth, leadership development, and the opportunity to achieve their full potential. Quite simply, our goals are teach and actively engage our cadets in academics, citizenship, service, and competition, all while preparing them to be the best versions of themselves as they prepare for life after high school, wherever that may be.

There are costs, although minimal, associated with field trips and competition teams within our program, however, all required uniforms and learning materials are supplied at no cost to the cadet. NJROTC is an elective class (CTAE) and part of the cadet's daily school schedule. NJROTC is NOT a military recruiting program and cadets have no military obligation to serve resulting from participating in the NJROTC program. They are required to maintain grooming standards (i.e. haircuts for gentleman, etc.) and wear their NJROTC uniform periodically during the school year. Should a cadet desire to pursue a military career, they can receive up to a 2-step enlisted pay increase (approx. $4K/yr) or access to military scholarships if interested in pursuing a commission as a military officer. Qualified cadets are eligible to apply for ROTC scholarships or appointments to military academies, including scholarships only available to NJROTC cadets. Here at Hillgrove our mission is simple, "Better prepare our students for whatever their chosen career path is after high school."

NJROTC/PE/Health Credit: The Cobb County School District allows 3 credits in NJROTC to satisfy the Health/BPE high school graduation requirement. Students will earn four credits for three NJROTC classes (3 NJROTC credits, plus Health/BPE). THIS MEANS YOU DO NOT HAVE TO TAKE HEALTH/BPE IF YOU TAKE NJROTC. In many cases, this allows the schedule space needed, particularly for freshman, to be able to participate in the NJROTC program. While it is desired to have cadets enrolled both semesters each year, in some circumstances, based on academic requirements, cadets may participate fully in the program by being enrolled in only one semester. While there are many opportunities for extra-curricular activities in NJROTC, none are required. Cadets are only graded on work completed in class. This simply means that ANY STUDENT at Hillgrove can easily participate in any other program, sport, or club activity while at Hillgrove, while simultaneously being a cadet. In fact, those who do are typically our best cadets and students at Hillgrove. You too can do it all!

Please reach out to program instructors if you have any questions relating to our program. We are all here for the same purpose, STUDENT SUCCESS. We look forward to you becoming a part of our team!


2022-2023 Competition Results
Academic - Finished 2nd at Eagles Landing Regional Event. Finished 5th at Area-12 (State) Championship.
Air Rifle - Finished 3rd at Nease Regional event. Finished 9th Overall in the "Sporter" category at the NJROTC Area-12 (State) Championship.
Drill - Finished 1st and 2nd in two Regional qualifying events at Lee County and Sprayberry HS's. Finished Runner-up at Area-12 (State) Championship and qualified for Navy Nationals for the first time ever. Placed 14th in the Nation at Nationals held in Pensacola, FL! Incredible job cadets!
Drone - Won our Regional qualifying event at Bishop Kenny HS, FL. WON  Area-12 (State) Drone Championship.
Orienteering - Won all three regional qualifying events and WON the Area-12 (State) Orienteering ChampionshipThis is our 4th State Championship in six years.  WON NAVY NATIONALS FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR and qualified to defend their title in Southern California in Spring 2024.

Awarded Distinguished Unit for the 9th consecutive year and ranked the #1 NJROTC unit in the state of Georgia.

Academic - Finished 1st and 3rd place Regionals.  Finished 14th at the Area-12 (State) Championship
Air Rifle -3rd at the Area-12 (State) Championship
Drill - Finished 1st place at Regional qualifying meet.  Finished 9th at Area-12 (State) Championship
Drone - 2nd place regionals and 6th at Area-12 State Championship
Orienteering - 2nd Place at Area-12 (State) Championship.  Won the 2022 Navy National Orienteering National Championship (Back-2-Back) in Mt. Pleasant, CA.

Academic - Finished 14th at the Area-12 (State) Championships
Air Rifle - Finished 7th at the Area-12 (State) Championships held at the CMP in Anniston, AL.
Drill - Finished 7th at the Area-12 (State) Championships

Drone - qualified for the state championships but unable to attend.
Orienteering - Back-to-Back STATE CHAMPIONS.  3rd time in 4 years.  Nationals canceled due to Covid.

DISTINGUISHED UNIT WITH ACADEMIC HONORS - 6TH YEAR IN A ROW (Ranked 2nd out of Area-12's 60 units and #1 in Georgia)
Academic - Finished 14th at the Area-12 (State) Championships
Air Rifle - Finished 11th at the Area-12 (State) Championships held at the CMP in Anniston, AL.
Drill - Finished 4th at the Area-12 (State) Championships
Orienteering - STATE CHAMPIONS for the 2nd time in 3 years.   Nationals canceled due to Covid.

DISTINGUISHED UNIT WITH ACADEMIC HONORS - 5TH YEAR IN A ROW (Ranked 3rd out of Area-12's 60 units)
Academic - Finished 7th at the Area-12 (State) Championships
Air Rifle - Finished 14th at the Area-12 (State) Championships
Drill - Finished 4th at the Area-12 (State) Championships and Received the CDR Richard Murray Motivational Award.  
Orienteering - NATIONAL CHAMPIONS for the first time ever! 

Academic - State Champions for the first time.  Finished 15th at the National Championships held in Arizona
Air Rifle - Finished 8th at the Area-12 (State) Championships
Orienteering - State Champions for the first time.  Finished 2nd at the National Championships held in Florida

Academic - Finished 5th at the Area-12 (State) Championships
Air Rifle - Finished 8th at the Area-12 (State) Championships
Orienteering - Finished 2nd at the Area-12 (State) Champions for the first time.  Finished 3rd at the National Championships held in Washington State.

Air Rifle - Finished 11th at the Area-12 (State) Championships
Orienteering - Finished 3rd at the Area-12 (State) Champions for the first time.  

Drill - Finished 1st Regionally and 4th at the Area-12 (State) Championships

Academic - Finished 5th at the Area-12 (State) Championships and 8th place at the Nationals.
Drill - Finished 1st Regionally and 8th at the Area-12 (State) Championships

Academic - Finished 6th at the Area-12 (State) Championships
Drill - Received the CDR Richard Murra Motivational Award

Drill - Finished 5th at the State Wild-Card competition

Academic - Finished 5th at the Area-12 (State) Championships and 9th at the National Championships.
Drill - Participated in our first ever regional drill competition and finished 3rd in numerous events.


Welcome to the best orienteers in the nation!

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NJROTC Area TWELVE (Area Manager - CDR Johnathan Shaw) and this year's host school (Hillgrove High School) welcome you to the 2023 Navy National Orienteering Championship (NNOC).  We look forward to hosting this year's event and welcoming you to Area-12, the great State of Georgia, and the Southeastern U.S.  Visit event LOI and registration page for information needed to register your teams.

Please direct all event related questions NNOC Meet Director, LCDR Ron Hojnowski, USN(Ret) at or via phone (770-514-5098 (O), 985-788-8567 (C).


Allatoona (Acworth, GA) - Area 12
Bloomfield (Bloomfield, IN) - Area 3
Boca Raton (Boca Raton, FL) - Area 7
Carson (Carson City, NV) - Area 13
Central (Brooksville, FL) - Area 7
Chaparral (Temecula, CA) - Area 11 (Qualified, unable to participate)
Cherokee (Rogersville, TN) - Area 9
Colts Neck (Colts Neck, NJ) - Area 4

Easley (Easley, SC) - Area 6
Eldorado (Las Vegas, NV) - Area 13
Flour Bluff (Corpus Christi, TX) - Area 10
Freeport (Freeport, IL) - Area 3
Gaither (Tampa, FL) - Area 7
Gov. Thomas Johnson (Frederick, MD) - Area 5
Hamilton (Hamilton, OH) - Area 3
Hillgrove (Powder Springs, GA) - Area 12

Lee County (Leesburg, GA) - Area 12
Loudoun County (Leesburg, VA) - Area 5
McDonough (McDonough, GA) - Area 12
Middle Township (Middle Township, NJ) - Area 4
Navarre (Navarre, FL) - Area 8
Nease (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) - Area 12
North Cobb (Kennesaw, GA) - Area 12
Northview (Bratt, FL) - Area 8
Pace (Pace, FL) - Area 8
Pacifica (Garden Grove, CA) - Area 11
Patuxent (Lusby, MD) - Area 5

Providence Hall (Harriman, UT) - Area 13
Rehobeth (Rehobeth, AL) - Area 8
Robertsdale (Robertsdale, AL) - Area 8
Sahuarita (Sahuarita, AZ) - Area - 11
South Effingham (Guyton, GA) - Area 12
St Stephens (Hickory, NC) - Area 6
Summerville (Summerville, SC) - Area 6
Titusville (Titusville, FL) - Area 7
Troy (Fullerton, CA) - Area 13
Turlock (Turlock, CA) - Area 11
Volunteer (Church Hill, TN) - Area 9
West Carteret (Morehead City, NC) - Area 6
Wheeling (Wheeling, IL) - Area 3

Important Dates and Deadlines
1 December 2022 - Event Registration Opens
31 January 2023 - Event Registration Closes
17 February 2023 - T-shirt and Meal Orders Due
01 March 2023 - All Fees/Payments Due to Host Unit / All Indemnity Forms Due
06 March 2023 - Team (Individual) Runner Information Due
13 March 2023 - Runner Start Times Published
17 March 2023 - Event Check-in (1000 – 2000) / Model Course Open (1000 – 1730)
18-19 March 2023 - 2023 NJROTC National Orienteering Championship
20 March 2023 - Back-Up Date (If Sat or Sun event is canceled for weather)

Please review this NNOC 2023 site often for updates, as information will continue to be added as we move closer to the event.


All teams should review the 2023 NNOC LOI. LOI was provided to all Area Managers and competing schools. Email Meet Director with questions or concerns, or for another copy if needed. All teams should review the LOI prior to the event.

Team Event Registration Page

Team Registration should be completed at the link above. Meal and t-shirts orders are also made here. Event registration is now closed. No additional teams or runners may be added. T-shirt and meal orders have been submitted. Very limited extra quantities may be available on event days. Contact event registration personnel on-site for details.

Individual Runner Information is Entered Here!

After team registration is complete, all cadet and instructors who will complete should enter required information here! The runner information page is now closed. Start times are being generated. Any change to team runners at this point should be minimal and emailed directly to Meet Director.

Event Registration Opens

Teams may begin registering for NNOC 2023.


Event Registration Closes

Teams (eligible individuals) complete registration process to include event entry, # cadet/instructor meal selections, and additional desired meals and t-shirt orders. Select additional tabs at the bottom of the event registration page to make t-shirt and meal selections.


T-Shirt and Meal Orders Due

Please make all t-shirt size selections and meals choices by this date. There will be very limited extra meals and t-shirts available at the event. Selections are made via tabs at the bottom of the registration page.


All Event Fees/Payments Due to Host Unit / Indemnity Forms Due

Please remit all payments to host unit by this date. Check payments are preferred. Runner Indemnity Forms are due. All forms should be complete, alphabetized, scanned, and uploaded to each teams folder. Link to folders will be provided via email. Please do not share this link with cadets or parents.


Individual Runner Information Due

All individual runner information is due. Link to provide individual runner info, including team, course, e-stick info, etc is available in LOI and via email updates. Please do not share this link with cadets and/or parents. Instructors ONLY should provide/update this info.


Start Times Posted

Event start times will be posted on event website.


Event Check-in / Model Course Open

Event Check-in will occur from 1000-1730 at Hard Labor Creek State Park (picnic shelter #5) and 1830-2000 (Host School Hotel - Holiday Inn Express, Covington, GA).


NNOC 2023 Competition - Day 1

Day one of event competition.


NNOC 2023 Competition - Day 2

Day two of event competition - Champion is crowned!


NNOC 2023 Competition - Makeup Date

Makeup date for NNOC 2023 (only if needed) should day one or two be canceled. If Makeup date is canceled, results will be based on only one day of competition.

  •  3/19/2023 07:15
  •   Camp Rutledge Road, Rutledge, GA, USA

NNOC 2023 Championship - Competition Day 2 information.

  •  3/18/2023 07:15
  •   Camp Rutledge Road, Rutledge, GA, USA

NNOC 2023 Championship - Competition Day 1 information.

  •  3/17/2023 10:00 - 3/17/2023 17:30
  •   5 Hard Labor Creek Rd, Rutledge, GA, USA

Friday, March 17, 2023 is team check-in and model (practice) course day. Teams will be able to turn in required race safety brief and pickup last minute race information, runner bibs, event t-shirts, etc. Team may utilize the NNOC 2023 model course to familiarize themselves with the terrain.

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Overall Event Results (points earned out of 500 possible) are as follows:

1. Hillgrove GA/12 (2023 National Champions) (500 Points)
2. Loudoun VA/5 (2023 National Runner-Up) (360 - Won Tie-Breaker Varsity Team)
3. Allatoona GA/12 (360)
4. Governor Thomas Johnson MD/5 (350)
5. Lee County GA/12 (280)
6. McDonough GA/12 (270)
7. Colts Neck NJ/4 (210)
8. North Cobb GA/12 (130)
9. Northview FL/8 (90)
10. Patuxent MD/5 (80 - Won Tie-Breaker Varsity Team)
11. Nease FL/12 (80)
12. West Carteret NC/6 (40)

Top 10 School Per Level/Course:

1. Hillgrove GA/12
2. McDonough GA/12
3. Loudoun VA/5
4. Governor Thomas Johnson MD/5
5. Allatoona GA/12
6. Colts Neck NJ/4
7. Lee County GA/12
8. Northview FL/8
9. Patuxent MD/5
10. North Cobb GA/12

Junior Varsity
1. Hillgrove GA/12
2. Allatoona GA/12
3. Lee County GA/12
4. Governor Thomas Johnson MD/5
5. Loudoun VA/5
6. North Cobb GA/12
7. Nease FL/12
8. Colts Neck NJ/4
9. West Carteret NC/6
10. Patuxent MD/5

1. Colts Neck NJ/4
2. Loudoun VA/5
3. Hillgrove GA/12
4. Troy CA/11
5. Navarre FL/8
6. Allatoona GA/12
7. Hamilton OH/3
8. West Carteret NC/6
9. Carson NV/13
10. Central FL/7

Individual Champions
Female Intermediate - Fallon Murphy - Loudoun VA/5
Male Intermediate - Jordan Greene - Hillgrove GA/12
Female Junior Varsity - Jana Macon - Allatoona GA/12
Male Junior Varsity - David Donea - Hillgrove GA/12
Female Varsity - Paige Suhocki - Colts Neck NJ/4
Male Varsity - Roman Colley - McDonough GA/12

Visit for more detailed event results page.

Additional results for ALL runners and teams will be uploaded when received from scoring officials.

Travel / Airports

Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport is the primary airport serving Atlanta, GA. It is also one of the largest and busiest airports in the U.S. While they are efficient in moving people through the airport, plan accordingly when making flight reservations and arrive 2-hours prior to departure time, particularly with large groups.


There are many choices for lodging in the Atlanta or event area of Rutledge, GA (the closest of which is Covington or Conyers, GA). Downtown Atlanta is approx. 50-60 mins to Hard Labor Creek State Park. Choice of lodging location is dependent on each teams desire to be closer to the park or to airport and/or downtown Atlanta and it's main attractions. Meet HQ Hotel is TBD but will likely be in the Conyers/Covington area.


The weather in the Atlanta area is generally mild in March with an avg. daily high of 66F and avg. low of 43F. As is the case in most areas when approach spring, the weather can be unpredictable. Check the weather often as the championship nears for up-to-date info.

Atlanta Area Things To Do

While there are few military bases left in the Atlanta area, there are many sites to see and fun things to do. Click above for a link to trip advisor for some fun ideas to site-see around the area.

HLC State Park

NNOC 2023 will be held at Hard Labor Creek State Park. One of the many great parks in the GA state parks system, HLC will will provide a terrific venue for the best Navy JROTC orienteers in the country.

NNOC 2023 Live Results

NNOC 2023 Live Results can be viewed at Individual results can be viewed by clicking "Live Results," while team standings can be viewed by selective "Team Results."

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Park Map and Model Course Map Uploaded

See Friday and Saturday's Event Info pages for model course map as well as Camp Rutledge park map for review prior to the event.

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Departure Travel

Travelling home Sunday, March 19th, please read to ensure you allow enough travel time to Atlanta-Hartsfield airport.

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Event Registration is Closed.  The Field is Set!

Next step is to make meal and t-shirt selections.

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Saturday and Sunday Lunch Options Updated

Meal options for both Saturday and Sunday are provided. There will be no meals or drinks provided during Friday's model (practice) course.

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Finger Stick (SIAC) Use at NNOC

All runners (regardless of e-stick type) MUST "punch" at each control.

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Individual Runners Are Invited!

A limited number of Individual runners from each NJROTC Area will now be allowed to compete at Navy Nationals.

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Ensure you have all "Required" gear in order to participate in NNOC 2023.

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How do NJROTC teams become eligible to compete at NNOC 2023?

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Stay up-to-date with all things NJROTC by following us on social media and Remind. 

Facebook – Information about weekly events and activities, as well as unit accomplishments and past events is highlighted here.  This is one of our primary means of communication.  Join our closed group by searching and requesting to join “Hillgrove Navy JROTC.” 

Instagram – This page is used to highlight many of our events and accomplishments.  Follow us at “Hillgrove Navy JROTC.” 

Twitter – We have a Twitter page, but honestly don’t post much to it.  Fell free to follow us at “Hillgrove Navy JROTC.” 

Remind – Each class (Platoon) will have their own Remind where the class leader (Platoon Commander) can help them remember upcoming events, etc.  All cadets and parents are encouraged to join these Reminds to stay up-to-date.                             

Platoon Commander Reminds (Cadet Student Leaders)               

Alfa Platoon (1st Block) –            

Bravo Platoon (2nd Block) –             

Charlie Platoon (3rd Block) –                         

Chief’s Class Reminds                

NS1 Period 1:                     

NS1 Period 2:                        

NS1 Period 3:                         

LCDR’s Class Reminds               

LCDR Period 1:   Text @lcdr1st to 81010.  Alternate:               

LCDR Period 2:  Text @lcdr2nd to 81010.  Alternate:               

LCDR Period 3:   Text @lcdr3rd to 81010.  Alternate:                             

NJROTC Unit Remind – Used to contact entire unit when needed (Parents are welcome to join.)     

Text @hillgroven to 81010.  Alternate:

Team Reminds - all team members should join their respective team Remind to keep up-to-date with team events, practices, etc.

Brain Brawl: Text @hgbbrawl to 81010. Alternate:

Drill Team (All) - Text @hgdrill to 81010.  Alternate:

Drone Team - Text @hgdrone to 81010.  Alternate:

Orienteering Team - Text @hillgroveo to 81010.  Alternate:

Rifle Team - See Chief for Group Contact Info.

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The CO is the senior cadet responsible to the SNSI/NSI for all areas of the NJROTC program. Specific duties include, but are not limited to:
  1. Responsible for the overall guidance and direction of the unit.
  2. Meet a minimum of once per week with SNSI for leadership training and mentoring in carrying out unit responsibilities.
  3. Carry out assigned tasks as provided by the SNSI/NSI.
  4. Establish clearly defined “SMART” goals for the unit and work toward achieving these goals. 
  5. Ensure established unit goals are clearly expressed to all cadets and updated regularly.
  6. Be familiar with the duties of all unit staff members and provide the necessary instruction and mentoring to ensure the proper and efficient operation of the unit.
  7. Maintain the highest standards of unit discipline, appearance, and morale.
  8. Practice sound leadership techniques and be aware of the leadership styles/effectiveness of the other unit staff members.
  9. Be responsibility for all unit functions and activities. Delegation of authority does not mean delegation of responsibility.
The XO will support the CO in all respects and will be prepared to act on the CO's behalf in his/her absence. Specifically, the XO is responsible for:
  1. Carry out tasks assigned by the unit Company Commander or the SNSI/NSI.
  2. Be prepared to stand in for the Company Commander at any time.
  3. Maintain the unit EOY Report as a living document.
  4. Lead unit staff meetings.
  5. Ensure team commanders and event OIC’s submit proper event after action reports / records to the Administration Officer for proper recording in CDMIS.
  6. Continually assess progress toward achieving unit goals and make recommendations, where appropriate, to revising goals.
  7. Ensure that all team captains are properly documenting practice and competition attendance.
  8. Coordinate team photos for submission to the school yearbook.
  9. Assist with special projects and annual events, working closely with the SNSI, NSI, and other staff members.
  10. Monitor the training program to ensure that PARS and advancement exams are being properly completed.
  11. Ensure the effectiveness of the mentoring program and that all cadets in the unit are properly assigned a mentor upon joining the unit.
The CMC deals directly with enlisted cadets and reports directly to the CO. He/she takes care of disciplinary situations with the enlisted as well as the promotion process for individual cadets. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  1. Responsible for the highest standards of discipline, conduct, and uniform appearance.
  2. Take muster at company functions, practices, staff meetings and report to the XO/CO.
  3. Assist the CO/XO in any way necessary to run the unit efficiently.
  4. Provide training for Platoon Commanders to ensure the highest level of performance of each.  Ensure consistency in expectations from each platoon.
  5. Be prepared to form the company for drill or inspection in the absences of officers.
  6. Plan and supervise routine clean-up of unit spaces.
  7. Conduct a major field day of all unit spaces before command inspections and all other major evolutions.
The OPS officer will support the CO and XO in all respects. Specifically, the OPS officer is responsible for:
  1. Maintain / update the unit calendar.
  2. Ensure the Plan of the Week (POW) is properly prepared and submitted to the SNSI.
  3. Coordinate event requirements and sign-up sheets to ensure events needs are met. Finalize event sign-up sheets prior to each event.
  4. Be familiar with trip requirements, especially for drill, color guard, and athletic teams.
  5. Be prepared to fill in as Executive Officer as required.
  6. Ensure team commanders are proficient in their positions as team leaders.
  7. Assist CO/XO in special projects, to include AMI, field trips, parades, etc.
The Supply Officer reports directly to the SNSI/NSI for supply related matters and to the XO for military matters. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  1. Maintain inventory and accountability for all instructional material, organizational items, and uniform items.
  2. Coordinate the issue and turn-in of all uniform items.
  3. Conduct monthly inventory spot-checks to verify CDMIS information.
  4. Conduct annual (or as required) wall-to-wall inventories on uniforms, organizations, and minor property and submit as required.
  5. Control access to all unit supply storerooms.
  6. Ensure all storerooms are clean and orderly.
  7. Coordinate pick-up/delivery of uniforms from cleaners as required.
  8. Recommend to SNSI/NSI uniforms, gear, and books for survey, repair or cleaning.
  9. Ensure unit drill rifles, swords, and flags are clean, in good repair and properly inventoried.
The Administration Officer is responsible for personnel functions, including, but not limited to:
  1. Maintain all cadet administrative records in CDMIS.
  2. Record the minutes of unit staff meetings and provide copies to all staff members.
  3. Prepare unit forms and new cadet packets for issuance to all new cadets upon arrival.
  4. Maintain an accurate record of all forms received on an annual basis, including updating all information in CDMIS to include, SRF, HRS Form, and Annual Sports Physical dates.
  5. Enter information into CDMIS for all event After Action Reports and promotions.
  6. Print promotion, cadet or month, award, and other certificates on a weekly basis for presentation during quarters.
  7. Track personnel awards, lettering qualifications, and advancement charts.
  1. Be responsible for the appearance, discipline, and conduct of cadets within their platoons at all times. You must be the example for leadership and uniform appearance.
  2. Maintain high proficiency within their platoons in drill, ceremonies, customs, courtesies, and appearance.
  3. Develop leadership in unit members and provide opportunities for each member to practice leadership training.
  4. Ensure accurate musters of their platoons during class and at all unit functions.
  5. Nominate cadets for junior and senior Cadet of the Month, as required.
  6. Ensure assigned cadets turn-in all required forms as needed by Supply and Admin.
  7. Check cadet folders once a week to ensure completion of PARS and PFT info.
  8. Assist classroom instructor in facilitating classroom instruction, as needed.
  9. Ensure morning/afternoon colors in properly conducted, when assigned.
  10. Act as a sponsor for newly assigned cadets during the school year, until a mentor is assigned.
  11. Ensure all spaces are maintained in a neat and organized manner every day.
The Training Officer reports to the CO via the XO. The training department is responsible for tracking the progress of all members to support awards and promotions. Specific responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  1. Coordinate advancement testing of all unit members, to include exam creation, administering, grading, and promotion recommendations.
  2. Maintain advancement exam test bank.
  3. Ensure all PARS cards are adequately stocked/replenished.
  4. Coordinate quarterly PARS submissions and advancement exam schedule.
  5. Coordinate and conduct training for those cadets in need of additional training relating to general military knowledge and drill.
The 1st Lieutenant is responsible for the physical surroundings of classroom areas.
  1. Ensures physical surrounding appearance and cleanliness standards are met.
  2. Supervises maintenance and control of equipment through the Hillgrove NJROTC chain of command.
The Community Service Officer identifies, plans and coordinates community service activities consistent with eligible hours to earn community service ribbons:
  1. Responsible for identifying, coordinating, and conducting all community and school service opportunities.
  2. Provide timely notification to unit staff and instructors of all community and school service opportunities.
  3. Ensure all community and school service events are listed on the unit calendar.
  4. Coordinate signups for all events to meet event needs.
  5. Verify all community/school service event After Action Reports are properly completed and submitted in a timely manner following events.
The PAO is responsible to the SNSI through the XO and the CO for the following:
  1. Maintain a close liaison with school/local media with regards to the unit, preparing monthly articles for submission to SNSI.
  2. Regularly maintain and update unit social media platforms to promote the unit.
  3. Maintain a yearly unit scrapbook or file with pictures from all events.
  4. Maintain unit bulletin boards in a neat and orderly manner with updated event pictures.
  5. Coordinate creation of unit slideshow(s) for the End of Year Awards Banquet.
  6. Coordinate the publishing of a unit yearbook each spring.
  7. Coordinate photography (video and still) unit activities/events/competitions.
  8. Assist in managing Hillgrove’s NJROTC website.
Reports to and assists the PAO as necessary in the conduct of assigned duties to include:
  1. Responsible for coordinating all recruiting efforts for the unit.
  2. Setup recruiting events at feeder middle and elementary schools.
  3. Coordinate with the Color Guard Commander to provide Color Guards for local school PTA meetings.
  4. Track and recommend the recruiting ribbon for those cadets who successfully recruit two or more cadets into the NJROTC program.
  1. Responsible for proper training at all color guard members.
  2. Maintain and making recommendations for care and ordering of color guard equipment.
  3. Post and finalize all sign-up lists, as needed, to meet Color Guard requirements.
  4. Oversee performance of Honors Guard Captain.
  5. Coordinate competitive color guard drill team(s).
(Academic, Drill, Drone, Orienteering, and Rifle)
  1. Responsible for setting practice schedules for their respective teams.
  2. Conduct attendance at each practice, event, etc.
  3. Maintain an active roster of, and communications with all team members.
  4. Provide recommendations and rosters to SNSI/NSI for event/competition teams.
  5. Team Captains will be chosen cadets with final approval of SNSI/NSI.
The Chaplain provides the cadets a support system and spiritual support. Duties include:
  1. Responsible for coordinating and/or conducting prayers at all appropriate unit functions (i.e. Military Ball, Area Managers/Off-Site Inspection, End-of-Year Awards Banquet, etc.)

NJROTC is a cadet run program, with guidance from the Naval Science Instructors.  All cadets should strive to learn to lead and assume greater responsibility within our unit.  Those aspiring leaders who would like to increase their role in leading the unit should download and submit the below application for consideration by the January 30, 2024 deadline.  Good Luck!

2024_2025 Staff Request Form.pdf

NJROTC has many required forms in order to participate in the program.  Cadets are given folders containing all the required forms, that need to be signed and returned, the first day of school but in the event a form is lost you can download it from here. Please print the form and fill-out in its entirety and submit.

NJROTC Standard Release Form.pdf

Cadet Health Risk Screening (HRS).pdf  (Please complete this form in conjunction with the CCSD Sports Physical Form below. If any HRS question is marked "YES," a medical practitioner must signed part B of this form).

2023-2024 CCSD Physical Form.pdf

Cadet Information Form.pdf

2023_2024 Activity Fee Form.pdf

Blanket NJROTC Permission Form.pdf

AAM Indemnity.pdf

Keep Cobb Beautiful Indemnity.jpeg


Training Time Out.pdf

Volunteer Contract KMTC 2022 Fall Minor.pdf

HHS Photo_Media Release Form.pdf

$ 100

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LCDR Ronald Hojnowski, USN(Ret)

Senior Naval Science Instructor

AWFC (NAC/AW) Gary Geromette, USN(Ret)

Naval Science Instructor

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The Academic Team participates in Brain Brawls, drill meets, and academic postals.  Brain Brawls are performed much like the college quiz bowls where a team of 4 cadets utilize buzzers during a random question scenario competing against other NJROTC units.  Cadets answer curriculum-based "toss-up" questions.  A correct answer leads to bonus questions covering all topic area of the curriculum and beyond, netting the team even more possible points.  Team members also complete at drill meets and postal competitions via the Classroom Performance System or written tests. The Academic team travels across GA and NE Florida to compete against other schools.  The team is very competitive and won the 2018 Area-12 State Championship after which they traveled to Phoenix, AZ to compete at Navy Nationals.
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The Air Rifle team practices and competes IAW the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) rules. The 3 positions include: Prone (laying down), Standing, and Kneeling while shooting on a 10 meter range using authorized .177 caliber pellet air rifles. Competitions are conducted via Shoulder-to-Shoulder (STS) or postal matches. The matches are shot in a 3X10 or 3X20 format with cadets attempting to score as high as possible to a perfect 300 or 600 match. Teams consist of four members with cadets competing for individual and team awards.  Hillgrove's rifle team posted their best ever finish in 2022, finishing 3rd in the State Championship "Sporter" Division. Cadets have the opportunity to attend rifle summer camps to greatly improve their skills as they vie to improve their standing in the state.

Basic Teams

Basic drill teams, armed and unarmed perform standardized routines against the best of the best in the state. These routines require precision drill marching and handling of "drill" rifles in performing these graded routines.

Exhibition Teams

Exhibition routines consist of both armed and unarmed routines that are created by and unique to each unit. Cadets work very hard to create routines and perfect their precision and timing. Ever seen the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team? Ok, we may not be that good, but you should check this out!

Color Guard Team

Color Guard consists of the formal presentation of colors in a routing that test every skill of the team in properly presenting the stars and stripes. This team consists of four members.

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The Drone Team competes against teams from across the state of Georgia and NE Florida. Competitors complete in various drone competition areas such as obstacle courses, landing challenges, speed courses, and NFO challenges (flight direction assisted by a teammate), and academics related to aeronautics and aerodynamics. All drone equipment is provided by the unit. In the teams second year of full competition, Hillgrove cadets WON the 2023 Area-12 (STATE) Drone Championship. The team is highly competitive, finishing very high in all areas of competition, including first place in the academic portion, enroute to their first ever STATE CHAMPIONSHIP title in 2023. There are no specific skills or requirements to be on the team other than a willingness to practice and work hard to improve. Come fly with us!
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Hillgrove's most successful team with 5 STATE CHAMPIONSHIPS AND 3 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS!

Orienteering is a cross-country style race where runners locate control points over unfamiliar terrain using only a map and a compass. It is a type of endurance race of generally 4 to 6 KM at the varsity level and taking the best runners 45 to 50 minutes to complete. Runners use only a detailed map and compass, and their training of course, to navigate unfamiliar terrain against the best teams from around the state and country. Hillgrove cadets have won 5 of the past 7 State Championships (2018, 2020, 2021, 2023, 2024) and are also the three-time defending National Champions having won the event in 2019 (Los Angeles, CA), 2022 (near San Jose, CA), and 2023 (Rutledge, GA). After successfully defending their national title this past March, they will receive an automatic invite to next year's Navy Nationals scheduled for Kings Mountain State Park in March 2024.

Orienteering is an incredibly fun sport that takes not only running skills and endurance, but also the smarts to pick the best route possibly in locating controls. You do not have to be the best runner, as quite often the smartest runner is the most successful. There are categories for Varsity, Junior Varsity, and 9th Grade runners (in fact, up to five true freshman runners will make the trip with us to defend our national title in spring 2024.  Will you be one of them? 

Leadership Academy

Leadership Academy is for the best of the best. Top performing cadets who will serve in leadership positions within the unit will spend a week during the summer learning additional leadership skills to enhance their abilities and better lead our unit to future success. Typically only 3 to 4 cadets per year will be afforded the opportunity to attend LA.

Sail Academy

Sail Academy is a weeklong summer activity within NJROTC that is designed to teach, train, and qualify cadets to operate a sailing vessel. The course is taught by Coast Guard certified instructors and graduating cadets earn certification to rent and sail vessels. This is a fun and interactive camp that involved classroom and on-the-water hands-on training.


Cadets participate annually in a camp in Texas (Texas Junior Orienteering Camp) designed to enhance runner skills and prepare them to compete at the highest level and win Championships. TJOC has trained the last three Female Varsity National Orienteering Champions as well as the last two Navy National Team Champions, all of which reside right here at Hillgrove.

Basic Leadership Training (BLT)

Basic Leadership Training involved leadership training and skill, working physically and mentally to become the best version of you. It's pushing yourself to do things that you have never done before, such as water survival, rappelling, confidence courses, first aid, physical activities, drill, and other team related activities.


The Hillgrove Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) Cadet Parent Organization's (CPO) mission is to encourage support and interest in Hillgrove's NJROTC Program in order to increase the overall visibility and advancement of the program at Hillgrove High School and within the local community. The CPO is comprised of instructors, cadets, parents, and other community leaders who assist in organizing fundraisers and donations from local area businesses and provide other necessary parental assistance, in order to provide funding and support of NJROTC related programs and activities as developed by Hillgrove's Naval Science Instructors.

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