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Cadet Creed and Qualifications of a Naval Officer

The Cadet Creed and Qualifications of a Naval Officer (Quals) are to be learned by all cadets (in class). They outline the defining characteristics and values all cadets should have.

Cadet Creed

I am a Navy Junior ROTC Cadet. I will always conduct myself to bring credit to my family, country, school, and the Corps of Cadets. I am loyal and patriotic. I am the future of the United States of America. I do not lie, cheat, or steal, and will always be accountable for my actions and deeds. I will always practice good citizenship and patriotism. I will work hard to improve my mind and strengthen my body. I will seek the mantle of leadership and stand prepared to uphold the constitution and the American way of life. May I be granted the strength to always live by this creed. Oorah!


Qualifications of a Naval Officer

It is by no means enough that an officer of the Navy should be a capable mariner. He must be that, of course, but also a great deal more. He should be as well a gentleman of liberal education, refined manners, punctilious courtesy, and the nicest sense of personal honor.He should be the soul of tact, patience, justice, firmness, kindness, and charity. No meritorious act of a subordinate should escape his attention or be left to pass without its reward, even if the reward is only a word of approval. Conversely, he should not be blind to a single fault in any subordinate, though at the same time, he should be quick and unfailing to distinguish error from malice, thoughtlessness from incompetency, and well meant shortcomings from heedless or stupid blunder. In one word, every commander should keep constantly before him the great truth, that to be well obeyed, he must be perfectly esteemed.

Your Guide to Promotion Board:

To be done before the day of promotion board -- not the day of

● Study expected knowledge for the rank you are going up for (ranks, chain of command and

● Have your uniform meet the standards laid out in the Cadet Reference Manual (cover included)

● Make sure you meet grooming standards too

● Have your promotion sheet completely filled out (can be found on the shelf outside of Staff Room)

● Make sure your cadet record is fully updated and shared with your company staff - this should be done before the day of promotion board DuringTo be acknowledged for going to promotion board

● You will be in front of your company staff

● Remain at the position of attention the whole time

● Keep your bearing……even if asked questions that seem unusual. Do not look around

● You will march in and report to your company commander, following this procedure ○ ***Salute*** “Sir/Ma’am Cadet (your name and rank) respectfully requesting promotion consideration to the desired rank of (rank you are going up for)” ***CO returns the salute and says “Very well” and drops salute*** ***Then you drop your salute***

● Know your intentions for the unit and why you’re going up for this rank.

● What are your future goals?

● How will you use your higher position to contribute to the unit?

● How have you contributed to the unit thus far?

● Are you involved in any of the activities organized through ROTC?

● In addition, you may be asked military knowledge and questions regarding the Chain of Command (internal and external) as aforementioned. Post Consider this after the promotion board

● Do not freak out -- please

● You will hear if you were promoted at an upcoming battalion formation

● It will be okay


● Disclaimer: The company staff is not scary, and they are not here to yell at you during promotion board and tell you that you suck. They all understand it is intimidating and have all been in front of a promotion board before. Everything they tell you is meant to help you. You don’t need to be scared.

● Do not ask for signatures 5 minutes before the promotion board. You will not get it. Get them before or on the day of.

● If you do not know the answer to a question, don’t panic. Don’t look around or do anything out of line. Calmly reply: “This cadet does not know, but will report back if requested sir/ma’am”

● If requested to report back, find the answer and return it to your staff at the end of the board.

● CHECK FOR Irish Pennants (dangling pieces of the fabric sticking out of shirt or pants)

● Shine your shoes

General Knowledge

The Chain of Command:

Commander in Chief: The Honorable Mr. Joseph Biden

Vice President: The Honorable Mrs. Kamala Harris

Sec. of State: The Honorable Mr. Antony J. Blinken

Sec. of Defense: The Honorable Mr. Lloyd J. Austin III

Sec. of the Navy: The Honorable Mr. Carlos Del Toro

Chief of Naval Operations: Admiral Lisa M. Franchetti

Commander of Naval Service Training Command: Rear Admiral Craig T. Mattingly

Commander of Naval Education and Training Command: Rear Admiral Jeffrey 

Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy: MCPON James M. Honea

Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps: SMMC Carlos A. Ruiz

NJROTC Area 1 Manager: Capt. Stauff

Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI): LCDR Mark Dwinells

Associate Naval Science Instructor (ANSI/NSI): Master Sergeant Joseph Meehan

Battalion Chief of Staff: C/CDR Noah Fuller

Battalion Commander: C/CDR Noah Fuller

Battalion Executive Officer: C/LCDR Marucus Gaspar

Battalion Operations Officer: C/LCDR Gabriella Teixeira

Battalion Master Chief: C/MCPO Joseph Caram

Alpha Company Commander: C/LCDR Sophia Ochs

Alpha Company Executive Officer: C/LT Azelia Rodriguez

Alpha Senior Chief: C/SCPO Jacob Ledan

Bravo Company Commander: C/LCDR Thomas Patten

Bravo Company Executive Officer: C/LT Analisse Padilla

Bravo Company Senior Chief: C/SCPO Esther Ribeiro

The General Orders:

1. Take charge of my post and all government property in view.

2. Walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert, and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.

3. Report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce

4. Repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse or quarterdeck than my own.

5. Quit my post only when properly relieved.

6. Receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me all orders from the commanding officer, command duty officer, officer of the deck, and officers and petty officers of the watch only.

7. Talk to no one except in the line of duty

8. Give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.

9. Call the Corporal of the Guard or Officer of the Deck in case not covered by instructions.

10. Salute all Officers and all Colors and Standards not cased.

11. Be especially watchful at night, and during the time of challenging, challenge all persons on or near my post, and allow no one to pass without proper authority.

The Phonetic Alphabet:



























Extra Information:

Father of the Navy - Captain John Paul Jones

The seven belt loops - stand for the seven seas

Review ribbon and device placement in the field manual and measurements

Military Ranks and Pay Grades

Navy & Coast Guard

E1 - Seaman Recruit

E2 - Seaman Apprentice

E3 - Seaman

E4 - Petty Officer 3rd Class

E5 - Petty Officer 2nd Class

E6 - Petty Officer 1st Class

E7 - Chief Petty Officer

E8 - Senior Chief Petty Officer

E9 - Master Chief Petty Officer

O1 - Ensign

O2 - Lieutenant Junior Grade

O3 - Lieutenant

O4 - Lieutenant Commander

O5 - Commander

O6 - Captain

O7 - Rear Admiral Lower Half

O8 - Rear Admiral Upper Half

O9 - Vice Admiral

O10 - Admiral

O11 - Fleet Admiral


E1 - Private

E2 - Private 2nd Class

E3 - Private 1st Class

E4 - Corporal / Specialist

E5 - Sergeant

E6 - Staff Sergeant

E7 - Sergeant First Class

E8 - Master Sergeant / First Sergeant

E9 - Sergeant Major / Command Sergeant Major / Sergeant Major of the Army

O1 - 2nd Lieutenant

O2 - 1st Lieutenant

O3 - Captain

O4 - Major

O5 - Lieutenant Colonel

O6 - Colonel

O7 - Brigadier General

O8 - Major General

O9 - General

Marine Corps

E1 - Private

E2 - Private 1st Class

E3 - Lance Corporal

E4 - Corporal

E5 - Sergeant

E6 - Staff Sergeant

E7 - Gunnery Sergeant 

E8 - Master Sergeant / First Sergeant

E9 - Master Gunnery Sergeant / Sergeant Major

O1 - 2nd Lieutenant

O2 - 1st Lieutenant

O3 - Captain

O4 - Major

O5 - Lieutenant Colonel

O6 - Colonel

O7 - Brigadier General

O8 - Major General

O9 - General

Air Force

E1 - Airman Basic

E2 - Airman

E3 - Airman First Class

E4 - Senior Airman

E5 - Staff Sergeant

E6 - Technical Sergeant

E7 - Master Sergeant 

E8 - Senior Master Sergeant

E9 - Chief Master Sergeant / Command Chief Master Sergeant / Chief Master Sergeant of the Air Force

O1 - 2nd Lieutenant

O2 - 1st Lieutenant

O3 - Captain

O4 - Major

O5 - Lieutenant Colonel

O6 - Colonel

O7 - Brigadier General

O8 - Major General

O9 - General

Space Force

E1 - Specialist 1

E2 - Specialist 2

E3 - Specialist 3

E4 - Specialist 4

E5 - Sergeant

E6 - Technical Sergeant

E7 - Master Sergeant 

E8 - Senior Master Sergeant

E9 - Chief Master Sergeant / Command Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force / Chief Master Sergeant of the Space Force

O1 - 2nd Lieutenant

O2 - 1st Lieutenant

O3 - Captain

O4 - Major

O5 - Lieutenant Colonel

O6 - Colonel

O7 - Brigadier General

O8 - Major General

O9 - General

What to Note

There is a difference between the SNSI and NSI: Commander is our SNSI. If someone asks who the NSI is during an inspection, that is MSgt.

Misc Knowledge

Commandant of the Marine Corps: General David H. Berger

First Commandant of the Marine Corps: Major Samuel Nicholas

Know the Curriculum

This can include anything you have or will learn in NJROTC. (Flag etiquette, ranks/rates, etc.)

Navy Corps Values

- Honor

- Courage

- Commitment

Navy and Marine Corps, Birthday:

Navy: October 13th, 1775

Marine Corps: November 10th, 1775

Promotion Guide

Chain Of Command:

Cadet Guide

Cadet Guide

This guide is issued to all NJROTC Cadets and is designed to assist them while enrolled in the Corps of Cadets. All cadets are expected to be familiar with this guide and to comply with the rules, regulations and guidelines contained herein. Parents and Cadets should study this guide carefully so that they may achieve maximum benefit from the program during a cadet's career at Bethel High School.

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