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Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation 2019-2020



The NJROTC accredited curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development.  Our mission is to instill the values of citizenship, service to country, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment.   We do not recruit for the military, although the program provides tangible benefits should military service become a consideration. 

Cadets have ample opportunity to log the service hours needed for graduation; completing over 7,400 community service hours last year alone.  

We strive towards becoming the best unit in the nation and encourage cadets to participate in our Drill, Academic, Marksmanship or Orienteering teams after school. 


The NJROTC program was established by Public Law in 1964 which may be found in Title 10, U.S. Code, Chapter 102. The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, and taught by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel.  The NJROTC accredited curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as our maritime heritage, the significance of sea power, and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology. Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by extra-curricular activities of community service, academic, athletic, drill and orienteering competitions, field meets, flights, visits to naval or other activities, marksmanship sports training, and physical fitness training. Electronic classroom equipment, textbooks, uniforms, educational training aids, travel allowance, and a cost-share of instructors' salaries are provided by the Navy.


What does the NJROTC program do?

  • Promotes Patriotism

  • Develops informed and responsible citizens

  • Develops respect for constructed authority

  • Develops leadership potential

  • Promotes high school completion

  • Promotes higher education

  • Promotes community service

  • Develops a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline and leadership

  • Promotes an understanding of the basic elements and need for national security

  • Provides information on the military services as a possible career

  • Provides an alternative to gangs

  • Provides incentive to live healthy and drug free

media coverAGE

FOX 13   with Chip Brewster featured on May 13, 2019

Navy News Service April 11, 2019

WTSP NEWS 10 Bobby Lewis, On The Road featured April 22, 2019

Hillsborough County Public School April 19, 2019

Welcome to Gaither High School's NJROTC Battalion

Gaither High School, home of the Cowboy's, is located at 16200 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa FL  33618.  Our NJROTC accredited curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, personal responsibility, a sense of accomplishment, respect of self, and others.  

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