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 2019-2020 school year there were 225 active cadets.
    Senior Naval Science Instructor: Commander Vincent Quidachay, USN (ret.)
    Naval Science Instructor: AMHC (AW) William "Chief" Thiel USN (ret.)
    Wildcat Battalion was selected as the #1 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!!
    This honor put us in the running for the top NJROTC unit in the Nation. Upon Naval Service Training Command's results, Oak Harbor NJROTC was the Number 2 Best unit in the Nation! WILDCATS are on the NATIONAL map!! CONGRATULATIONS!!
    The battalion Change of command was held on June 3rd at the high school taking social distancing in mind. c/CDR Lawrence Zapanta took command of the battalion from Victor Zarate. Thomas Carmen took the XO position from Jaelyn O'Hara, James Hart took the OPS position from Taylor Cress, and Skye Kawi took the CMC position from Trina Desquitado. Jeremiah Leetham and Nathan Swanson took the company commander positions from Lauren Crossley and Elaine Aguirre. Pictures to be posted at a later date.
    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.

    The Teams camp that was scheduled for the week of Aug 24 - 28 has been cancelled due to the restrictions from OSPI and the district. Once the phases change and we are allowed to come back to school, we will let everyone know on this website and through Skyward and Google classroom.

    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 - February 29, 2020
  • ROTC and choir together at the Veterans Day Assembly

    Orienteering Team

    Meets are held 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

    Chief is missing 35 of the garment bags from last years drill season. If you have a garment bag, email Chief with the number of the bag.

    These bags were donated from the Rotary Club and we need to account and take care of them. This needs to be done to verify who has the bags. Chief has a list and will be checking you off his list as you email him. If yoiu still have a bag when we start drill,  He will not allow you to participate.

    Oak Harbor will be hosting the last regular season drill meet on May 1st, 2021. Please mark your calendars since we will need the entire battalion's assistance. Parents, please mark this date on your planners as well since we need your assistance with the meet as well.

    The Northwest Drill and Rifle Conference will be moving the drill meets to at least the second semester. So this means that drill meets will possibly start in late February or early March with the Regional meet being hosted by Marysville on May 15, 2021.

    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  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  6:30 a.m.
     Unarmed Drill Team  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday

     6:30 a.m.

    Color Guard  Monday and Friday

     7:00 a. m.

     Rifle Team (At the PIT)  Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  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.
    2006-2020 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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