The Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) program's mission is stated in the National Defense Act of 1916 (with the Navy starting in 1966): The purpose of NJROTC is "to install in Cadets the value of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment."
To this end, the Commander, Navy Service Training Command has established specific goals for the NJROTC program. These goals are as follows:
- Promote Patriotism. This means love of country, respect for the flag, and pride in the government and American way of life.
- Develop informed and responsible citizens. NJROTC should make Cadets aware of their responsibilities, duties and rights.
- Promote habits of orderliness and precision. Experience shows that such habits help people succeed in life.
- Develop a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, self-discipline, and leadership. These qualities are embodied by the Navy's Core Values of Honor, Courage and Commitment.
- Promote understanding of the basic elements and requirements for national security. Cadets should understand the need for the Armed Forces and their relationship to a democratically elected republican government.
- Develop respect for and an understanding of the need for constituted authority in a democratic society. Cadets should understand why we have laws and governments.
- Provide incentives to live healthy and drug-free lives. Cadets should know how drug use and other harmful actions affect both themselves and others.
- Develop leadership potential. The NJROTC program provides Cadets with a wide range of opportunities to test themselves in leadership roles such as leading a drill team and performing a staff job.
- Promote high school completion. Cadets should know the value of their education.
- Provide information on the military services as a possible career. While the program in no way should be considered a recruiting program and participation in no way incurs service obligation, those who express interest in a military career will be afforded opportunities not found in other schools with advancement incentives.