Parkview Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

Known and respected throughout the community

The Parkview NJROTC Unit was established in 1971, and is one of the oldest established NJROTC units in the country. The unit has a storied history which includes lengthy tours of duty by its Senior Naval Science Instructors and Naval Science Instructors. The previous instructors, Lcdr Art Johnson and SgtMaj Louie Lem both retired after 18 years of faithful and dedicated service to the school and community. The current instructors are Lieutenant Commander James Castleberry USN-Retired, and SgtMaj Randal Jernigan, USMC-Retired, both of whom served in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps for 23 years respectively before assuming their current positions at NJROTC Parkview. Its outstanding Drill Exhibition Team and Color Guard are called upon continuously to perform at various services and activities throughout the community. They perform for senior citizens, veterans groups, elementary and middle schools as well as numerous civic organizations. Parkview NJROTC is proud to represent Parkview Arts/Science Magnet High School and carry its Red, White, and Blue school Colors.

Four years can open a door to the future for your child

NJROTC is a four year program and Naval Science I through IV is aligned with grades 9-12. Freshmen in Naval Science I are taught Basic Military Drill, Uniform Regulations, and NJROTC History. This course is the building block of the program. Sophomores in Naval Science II are taught Maritime History from Early Western Civilization to present time during the first half of the course and Naval Sciences such as Meteorology and Oceanography during the second half of the course. Naval Science III offers Junior students, studies in Naval Knowledge and Skills. The Naval Science IV course is a Leadership Laboratory for Senior students. Cadets are also trained and act as staff members in the daily operations of the unit.

The instructors

Petty Officer Kenneth R. Rice Sr.
Education: Bachelor of Science, Workforce Education and Development (Cum Laude)
Honors: He retired from the United States Navy after 20 years of honorable and faithful service. His last tour of duty was in beautiful San Diego, CA, where he was assigned as a manpower and training officer for Commander Naval Surface Force Pacific. He is certified as Naval Science Instructor by the U.S. Navy and licensed by the Arkansas State Department of Education.

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