CASD NJROTC: Cadets Take First Place

Regional Drill Competition

The Chambersburg Area Senior High School Navy Junior ROTC Cadets travelled to Sterling High School for a major regional Academic, Fitness and Drill competition. The Sterling competition is an annual standard in the Northeast NJROTC competitive circuit and featured 17 schools from Delaware, New Jersey and Pennsylvania representing Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Navy programs.

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What Happened

he Chambersburg Varsity Cadets finished first in Academics, Personnel Inspection, Color Guard and Armed Regulation Drill with a second-place finish in Unarmed Regulation Drill earning them the overall First Place Trophy for the tournament. In a first-ever showing, Chambersburg fielded a Junior Varsity Team of first year Cadets who earned first place in Personnel Inspection and second place in Color Guard receiving the Third Place overall junior varsity trophy. Fielding a first-year drill team marks a significant step forward for the 8-year-old CASHS NJROTC program and the strong showing among a large and talented field of competitors is especially rewarding for these young cadets that invested after school time and energy into the extracurricular JV Drill Team. Also providing ungraded performances to the rousing applause of a crowd of over 500 were the armed and unarmed exhibition drill teams and the 2-man trick team.

Up Next

Next for the Trojan Cadets will be a trip the Navy National Championships in Pensacola, FL on April 1st and 2nd. In 2020, the unfolding pandemic crushed the team’s dreams of competing in their first ever national championships. With grit and determination, the Chambersburg Cadets fought through weather concerns, COVID cancellations and other adversity to pursue a full drill schedule in the current academic year to achieve vindication by earning a 2022 trip to the Navy JROTC National Championships!

Before focusing on “the nationals,” however, the Cadet face a significant challenge, the Annual Area 4 Manager’s inspection. This stem to stern Navy inspection will verify the program meets national performance standards and renew annual certifications. Presided over by CDR Jimmie Miller, USN (RET), the Cadets will conduct a formal military parade in the CASHS Field House at 9:45 am on March 3rd. A variety of local dignitaries are expected, and the event is open to the public. Guests should arrive by 9:30 and enter the Field House through the McKinley Street entrance.


The CASHS NJROTC is a Citizenship and Leadership Development program of the Chambersburg Area School District and the Naval Service Training Command. The Chambersburg Company of Cadets is commanded by Cadet Lieutenant Commander Ethan Baker, a senior at CASHS. The NJROTC program is led by Commander Bruce Apgar, USN (RET) and Master Sergeant Louis Montney, USMC (RET).


Brian Miller
Office: 717-261-5663
Cell: 717-377-66