By Capt. Scott LaRochelle
Senior Naval Science Instructor,
Nease High School NJROTC
The Navy conducted an in-depth formal inspection of the Nease Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program Dec. 5, an annual requirement to validate the program's performance across the board.
Navy inspectors Cmdr. Peter Mitalas, Lt. Sara Burton and AWCM Dave Crossan from Commander, Helicopter Maritime Strike Wing Atlantic located at Naval Station Mayport reviewed all major components of the JROTC program including administration and logistics; conducted a thorough personnel inspection of Nease's 224 cadets, presided over a formal Pass in Review parade and received an in-depth presentation and briefing by the senior cadet staff.
"Nease NJROTC continues to impress and serve as the standard-bearer by which other high school units should measure themselves," Mitalas said.  "During the unit's Annual Military Inspection, I observed a well-oiled machine replete with professionalism and expertly led by Nease Senior Cadet Commander Ecker and her staff.  Congratulations to the unit on another splendid "A++" grade.  They are legitimate contenders for Most Outstanding Unit in the nation this academic year."
In 2015 Nease was recognized as the Most Outstanding Unit in the Nation; and has been the Most Outstanding Unit in Area-12 (northern Florida and the state of Georgia) five of the past six years.
The Navy JROTC program consists of 583 programs across the country with more than 89,000 cadets participating.  Every program undergoes an annual military inspection to evaluate the unit's preparedness and ability to carry out the missions of the program, which include promoting patriotism, developing informed and responsible citizens, developing a high degree of honor and discipline, and building leaders for tomorrow.