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Proviso West NJROTC Nothing But the Best: Unit Receives NJROTC's Highest Honor

Proviso West High School’s NJROTC program and cadets have once again achieved Distinguished Unit status - the highest possible designation that the United States Navy can award a school. The unit accepted their recognition only after meeting strictly specified criteria of excellence.

“Distinguished unit means that we are in the top ten percent of NJROTC units in the country,” said Proviso West NJROTC instructor Chief Ingram. “This is based on academics, community service, student growth, and how we perform in various events. Each year we have to work harder and harder to maintain [distinguished unit status]. We keep working hard. We try to expose the kids to different things, and we are very very proud of them.”

Proviso West NJROTC Unit boasts over 400 cadets. Each year they undergo an Annual Military Inspection by the U.S. Navy.  The inspections evaluate academic records, community service efforts, program support, instruction, reports and records, and military performance. It also gives students an opportunity to showcase their skills, discipline, and knowledge of military customs. The students worked hard for months to prepare for their annual inspection. Their hard work, discipline, and dedication paid off.

“I’m really excited,” said Proviso West senior and NJROTC Regimental Executive Officer Lakeshia Brock. “We have been waiting for a long time to see the results. We are all surprised, excited, and very grateful. We worked so hard. We practiced a lot. It was all about academics, drill, practice, academics, drill, and practice. Practice makes perfect I guess.”

Distinguished unit status is awarded to only 30% of schools who participate in the NJROTC program. Proviso West High School’s NJROTC have received Distinguish Unit Status 4 years consecutively and five years total.

PTHS 209 Superintendent Dr. Nettie Collins-Hart sent her congratulations to the cadets for their continuous showcase of pride and excellence.

Congratulations NJROTC!  Keep up the excellent work.

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