NJROTC (Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps)
Oak Harbor high school started their NJROTC program in 1973 and continues to have a successful program. NJROTC is a citizenship and leadership program designed to encourage and help students to become informed and involved citizens of the United States. The Oak Harbor Wildcat Batallion currently serves in Northwest Washington near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island.At the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year, there are 197 active cadets.Senior Naval Science Instructor: Commander Vincent Quidachay, USN (ret.)Naval Science Instructor: AMHC (AW) William "Chief" Thiel USN (ret.)Testimonials from former studentsI had first only joined NJROTC because my mother forced me to and wnated me to try it out for at least a semester, but little did I know it would become one of the most enriching high school experiences I go at OHHS. Not only was it one of my favorite extracurricular activities, it also immensely prepared me for the Army ROTC program at UCLA. The leadership experiences, physical fitness preparation, and the attention to detail it gave me have made it feel easy for everything I have been doin in ROTC in college. It taught me how to be on time every time, have everything I need for a meeting ready beforehand, time management in general, and through hard PT's in NJROTC, it has made PT in college a breeze. Needless to say, the tranision into ROTC in college without having an NJROTC experience would have been much harder for me.The program also gave me lifelong friends which I still keep in contact wtih to this day, including Chief and Commander. The friends I made in the program are considered family to me, and we continue to look out for each other after leaving the program. The bonds you make from spending time with these people every day throughout high school sets you up to have friends throughout the time, and it made it so much easier to have a stable friend group throughout the rest of high school.The program also helps cadets find a way to pay for college after high school, in which I would say most of the scholarships I received during my senior year were because of Commander Quidachay and Chief Thiel. They know a lot about the ROTC scholarship/ academy application process and it made it easier for me to get through it. They were so helpful, and are willing to help a cadet get to that stage if an effort is demonstrated.NJROTC was one of the most important stepping stones for me in high school to help me achieve my goals, and I would not be where I am today, as a person and as a cadet in college, if it wasn't for this program. Chief Thiel and Commander Quidachay have become some of my biggest mentors/ people I look up to in life, and it is a testament toth eleadership and effor they put into helping grow their cadets into young adults. I highly recommend this program to anyone, espeeccially those on the fence about it as Iwas once that incoming freshman too. --Kanoa King C/O 2019New and Incoming studentsWe are holding a teams camp beginning on August 23 at 0730. This is an opportunity to have the new students come to learn what our teams are about and how much fun we have. Times and locations are as follows:Monday (8/23) through Thursday(8/26) 0730 to 1130. Lunch will be provided before we send them home.CONGRATULATIONS!!Wildcat Battalion was selected as the #3 NJROTC unit in Area 13 which covers the largest geographical area, CO, UT, NV, Northern CA, OR, WA, AK, Hawaii, Guam, and Japan. WAY TO GO WILDCATS!!Oak Harbor High School NJROTC has won the Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors for the 16th Year in a row!!Community ServiceWe have been asked to assist with the Adopt a Road with the VFW. On August 28th at 0900, muster at the VFW Post on Goldie Road. If you are 15 - 18 years of age, youi will have to fill out the paperwork with your parents signature. Once it is signed parents can either assist with picking up trash or go home. It needs to be signed only once.Physicals are only good for one year for NJROTC. If you need a new physical, use the following link for the paperwork from the athletic office.
Due to the COVID pandemic, all orienteering meets are on hold. Possibly will not happen till next year.Meets are held on two Saturdays per month. The Orienteering Team Carpools to each race, leaving at about 6:30 a.m. from the High School. Directions to the race sites are provided to drivers. Students can sign up to have their parents drive in the PDL in class. Parents have the option to drive their child and not carpool with others. Grade sheets are due on the Tuesday before the race to check eligibility and to have a specific count of participants. Races begin at the race sights at 10:00 am and start times begin as late as 11:30 am. Each runner will start at a different time to prevent participants from following each other. After the race, the students can stop for lunch on the way home.
Keep checking here to ensure you have the latest details.Oak Harbor Wildcat Battalion has an award-winning Color Guard, Armed Drill Team, and Unarmed Drill Team. These teams are willing to attend events within the community, such as:
Changes of CommandRetirement CeremoniesMemorialsMilitary-Based EventsIf you would like to have one of the teams appear at an event, please contact Chief Thiel at email@example.com.
Drill Team Practice Times
Armed Drill Team Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6:15 a.m. Unarmed Drill Team Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
Color Guard TBA
7:00 a. m.
Rifle Team Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 6:15 a.m.
Awards2019-2020 #2 Best Unit in the Nation. Out of over 600 schools nationwide, OHHS NJROTC was #2. Way to Go Wildcat Battalion!!2019-2020 #1 NJROTC in Area 13. 50 schools in WA, OR, Northern CA, NV, CO, UT, AK, HI, Guam, and Japan.2006-2021 Distinguished Unit with Academic Honors (highest NJROTC award)2012, 2015, 2016, 2018 NWD&R Conference Champions - Placed in top 3 for 12 years in a row2013, 14, 17 & 19 Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference (NWD&R) Runner-up2017 7th in the Nation / 1st in the Navy JROTC - Elena Flake2016 Orienteering Team Second Place National Invitational2016 Rifle Team Conference Champions2015 Rifle Club Team National Champions