FISD Looks to Add National Defense Cadet Corps Program

Sep 26, 2019

Frisco ISD has applied to host a Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) program at Lebanon Trail High School as soon as the 2021-22 school year. Any high school student across the District would have the ability to apply for the program. 

Secondary students, as well as elementary, middle and high school parents completed interest surveys in the spring of 2018, with survey respondents showing strong support for additional resources to support military readiness.

“We are excited about our application for a Navy National Defense Cadet Corps unit in Frisco ISD as we look to further enhance college, career and military readiness,” said Dr. Angela Romney, managing director of academic programs. “We believe this will not only prepare students for future service or careers in the military but also teach valuable leadership skills that can be transferred to any endeavor.” 

Currently, none of the branches of the military are approving applications for new Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) programs due to a lack of federal funding. Navy NDCC is a virtually identical alternative to the JROTC and provides a pathway to becoming a JROTC program after three consecutive years with 100 or more students.

To be considered for an NNDCC unit, the host campus must start with at least 50 students over the age of 14. The military would supply the curriculum for the instructors and the cadets, as well as supply forms and regulations required to successfully conduct the program. 

Schools hosting an NNDCC unit must comply with the same regulatory guidance as JROTC units. Unlike JROTC, instructors at National Defense Cadet Corps programs may be retired or reserve. In addition, NNDCC program is primarily funded by host schools, unlike JROTC. 

The mission of NNDCC is to motivate young people to be better citizens and the program encompasses a myriad of teaching goals focused on leadership, teamwork, character education, personal responsibility, a sense of accomplishment and service to the nation.

The District expects to receive results from the application in the spring of 2020. 

Frisco ISD looks forward to providing additional opportunities for students to prepare for their future – whether they are bound for college, career or the military. 

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