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Chambersburg’s JROTC cadets are on a roll.

In what has already been a banner year for the Chambersburg Area Senior High School Navy Junior ROTC Program, the Chambersburg Cadets can add an additional accomplishment – first ever designation as a “Distinguished Unit” by Naval Service Training Command.

The achievement is part of the program’s stated goal. The recognition results from hard work by cadets that started when the program began in the fall of 2014.

The Distinguished unit designation is the highest annual assessment result that can be awarded. Only 30% of all units nationwide earn this recognition.


Read: CASHS NJROTC Cadets to Represent Pennsylvania at the Navy National Championships


Chambersburg NJROTC has also earned the honor of being Area Four‘s Most Improved Unit for 2020. Selected for this recognition out of 73 programs in the Northeast United States and Europe, this reflects the hard work, discipline, and dedication of the Chambersburg Cadets across the last several years.

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Latest accomplishments

Chambersburg Cadets accomplished these things during the 2019-2020 program year:

  • Earned recognition and certification as an NJROTC Program; visited the USS New Jersey;
  • travelled to four drill meets (including earning an invitation to the National Championship);
  • spent a night on the Coast Guard Cutter Taney;
  • visited State Senator Mastriano a the Pennsylvania State Capitol;
  • toured the U.S. Capital with Congressman Joyce;
  • earned fifth place overall in the Area 4 Brain Brawl Academic Competition;
  • earned first place overall in the Area Four Medal of Honor Academic Competition;
  • completed over 2300 hours of community service;
  • and provided Color Guards at dozens of events around Franklin County.

CASHS NJROTC Program is a Citizenship Development Program of the Chambersburg Area School District and the Naval Service Training Command. The program is open to CASD students in grades 9-12. It is led by retired Navy Commander Bruce Apgar and retired Marine Master Sergeant Louis Montney.

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