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Introducing Jordan High School's Navy National Defense Cadet Corps

Discipline | Confidence | Leadership

“Jordan High has a strong history of military support and we are proud to be a host site for this popular program. From the physical fitness requirements of the program to its focus on leadership, science, math, and engineering this will be a tremendous opportunity for students and a great addition to our school.”
Principal Dr. Bruce Eschler
Jordan High Principal

Jordan High School, in partnership with the U.S. Navy, is launching Canyons District’s first National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC). The program will begin training students in the 2024-2025 school year and is open to all high school students, grades 9-12. The program, the forerunner and equivalent to the Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) is the only program of its kind at a comprehensive high school at the south end of the Salt Lake Valley.

Midshipman Tom Johnson Video

What is the Naval National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC)?

The Navy Cadet Corps program is a great opportunity for all high school students, including but not limited to, those interested in joining the armed forces. The program:

  • promotes patriotism, introduces students to principles of citizenship
  • builds leadership skills, self-confidence, and discipline
  • improves physical fitness
  • exposes students to hands-on math, science, and engineering 
  • promotes high school completion 
  • Cadets who complete three years can enlist in the military with a boost in rank
  • High-performing students may be nominated to compete for slots at the U.S. Naval Academy

Who is eligible?

  • All high school students, grades 9-12
  • Canyons District students can participate while staying enrolled at their home schools
  • Students from other districts can apply to transfer to Jordan High


The Naval Service Training Command prescribes the courses for naval science for NNDCC units that comprise the 4-year curriculum.

What subjects are included in the curriculum?

The wide variety of subjects includes the following:

  • CITIZENSHIP — Instillation of values of good, responsible citizenship.
  • NAVAL ORIENTATION — Basic introduction to the Navy’s customs and traditions.
  • NAVAL OPERATIONS/ORGANIZATION — Familiarization with national naval strategy and daily military operations.
  • NAVAL HISTORY — History of the United States Navy from the colonial period to the present.
  • NAVIGATION — Introduction to piloting and navigation.
  • SEAMANSHIP — Introduction to basic seamanship and ship handling.
  • LEADERSHIP AND ETHICS — Ongoing study of leadership, with opportunities to develop leadership abilities and ethical conduct at all organizational levels.
  • NAUTICAL ASTRONOMY — Study of astronomy and its use in navigation.
  • ELECTRONICS — Introduction to electronics as the basis for communications and weapons systems.
  • OCEANOGRAPHY — Information on the world’s ocean systems.
  • COLLEGE AND CAREER READINESS – Information on life after high school to include planning and preparation for further education or careers in public, private, and non-profit sectors.
  • PERSONAL FINANCE – Financial planning to include saving, investing, taxes, and insurance.
  • CYBER SECURITY – Information on the digital information space and applicable career choices.
  • SPACE EXPLORATION – History and future of space programs to include careers in space programs.
  • DRILLS, COMMANDS, AND CEREMONIES — Close order drill and parade ceremonies.
  • PHYSICAL FITNESS — Activities to promote healthy, active lifestyles.
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