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Who Instructs this Program?

The Department Head of Naval Science at a school hosting an NJROTC program is called the Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI). The SNSI is the senior commissioned officer employed by the school. All other personnel employed by the school in the NJROTC Program are called Naval Science Instructors (NSI). At the school's option, one of the instructors may be a retired or other eligible member of the Marine Corps or Coast Guard who is certified by the Navy to serve in the NJROTC program. Senior Naval Science Instructors (SNSIs) are commissioned officers (W-2 through O-6). Naval Science Instructors (NSIs) are retired or other eligible enlisted personnel (E-6 through E-9). The minimum education requirement for SNSIs is a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. A high school diploma or its equivalent is required of NSIs followed by an Associate’s degree within 5 years of employment as an NSI. Specific instructor qualification requirements will remain the decision of school officials who are the employers of these individuals.

The Naval Service Training Command enforces stringent certification requirements on all personnel applying to the NJROTC program. School officials may not offer employment to an applicant who does not possess a valid NSTC certification.

How do Naval Science Instructors fit in the faculty structure and what are their duties?

In order that the maximum coordination possible is achieved between the NJROTC unit and other academic departments, the staff of the Department of Naval Science shall be given full membership in the institution's faculty in appropriate ranks and be accorded the rights and privileges of faculty members. The SNSI is the Naval Science Department Head, and is accorded the same privileges as other host school department heads.

The SNSI shall perform those duties pursuant to current regulations, policies, and procedures as established by NSTC and the host school. They may perform those collateral duties as may be reasonably assigned other department heads/teachers by the principal, providing such duties do not interfere with the administration and operation of the NJROTC program. In this regard, the SNSI, as the department head, is responsible for informing the principal in the event this situation occurs.

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