Our Battalion

  • NJROTC (Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps)

    Color guard on football field
    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 2021-2022 school year, there are 217 active cadets.
    Senior Naval Science Instructor: Commander Vincent Quidachay, USN (ret.)
    Naval Science Instructor: AMHC (AW) William "Chief" Thiel USN (ret.)
    Testimonials from former students
             I had first only joined NJROTC because my mother forced me to and wanted 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 doing 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 transition 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 to the leadership and effort they put into helping grow their cadets into young adults. I highly recommend this program to anyone, especially those on the fence about it as I was once that incoming freshman too.   --Kanoa King C/O 2019
    New and Incoming students
    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 Service
    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.

    Check out our events schedule for the next year.  This will be updated often.


    If you are planning on taking the ASVAB test in the fall, check out this great online resource.

    Drill Meet Results 
  • ROTC and choir together at the Veterans Day Assembly

    Orienteering Team

    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.

    Drill Teams

     Drill meets for 2021 - 2022 School year:


    Dec 4 - Snohomish high school

    Jan 22 - Everett high school

    Feb 12 - Oak Harbor will host this meet

    Feb 26 - Port Angeles high school


    Mar 26 Marysville high school - Regional drill meet.

    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 Command
    Retirement Ceremonies
    Military-Based Events
    If you would like to have one of the teams appear at an event, please contact Chief Thiel at wthiel@ohsd.net.

    Drill Team Practice Times

     Armed Drill Team  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  6:15 a.m.
     Unarmed Drill Team  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

     6:15 a.m.

    Color Guard  TBA

     7:00 a. m.

     Rifle Team  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday  6:15 a.m.


    2019-2020 #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 row
    2013, 14, 17 & 19 Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference (NWD&R) Runner-up
    2017 7th in the Nation / 1st in the Navy JROTC - Elena Flake
    2016 Orienteering Team Second Place National Invitational
    2016 Rifle Team Conference Champions
    2015 Rifle Club Team National Champions
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