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NJROTC Testimonials

The following are just a small sample of testimonials received by cadets and their parents. If you would like to submit a testimonial, please email Chief William Thiel.


As frightening as a big roller coaster drop was to be thrown into a leadership position, the skills I gained from it have shaped me into a more confident person. I am able to hold myself proudly instead of feeling left behind. I plan on using my skills to choose my words wisely in papers I’ll write, give presentations efficiently, and volunteer in the community. – Christine Magno, former cadet

NJROTC has taught me responsibility and self-discipline, it has provided me with the experience to grow as a leader, and has given me the opportunity and confidence to do things I never imagined I would do. – Callie Nuttall, former cadet

The Oak Harbor NJROTC Unit provides leadership opportunities not normally available in a school environment. Looking at what these NJROTC Cadets do on a daily basis, I wish this was available when I was in high school. Whether or not NJROTC Cadets enter military service upon graduation, the discipline and responsibility they obtain through this program can be utilized in all walks of life. – Lance Flake, YNCS and parent of 2 former cadets

The NJROTC at Oak Harbor High School was the reason my daughter went to school every day.  Any program that can get a teenager to willingly get out of bed at 5.30 am to begin marching or shooting at 6.30 am, must be worth its weight in gold. – Sandi Mitchell, parent of former cadet

The OHHS NJROTC program and staff prepared my son for a career in the military to the fullest extent.  This was evident during my son's outstanding performance during Recruit Training "Boot Camp" and culminated in his accelerated advancement to Third Class Petty Officer in the United States Navy. – F.G. Cacho-Ascencio, AMCS USN, Parent of former cadets

The NJROTC program had a very significant impact on the lives of my three daughters. It served and serves as their true compass; a source of inspiration to pursue a career in the military. It gives them a real understanding of the value of camaraderie, commitment, and leadership. – Babette A. Desquitado, parent of 3 former cadets

The NJROTC program has been a positive influence on our boys since the first day.  The program has given them a second family and has shaped their path for the future in a way that we have always hoped for.  They have learned respect, what it means to work hard, and how to work with others in a team.  These qualities have not only helped with school but also at home. – Pete and Heidi Maculuso, parents of 2 former cadets