As a Navy-based program, the NJROTC adheres to the highest level of professionalism and we consistently uphold the core values of honor, courage and commitment. As such, there is no room for bullying, sexual harassment and hazing.
The Commander of Naval Service Training Command (NSTC) desires to increase cadet safety awareness through the institution of Suicide Prevention, Bystander Intervention, and Hazing/Bullying Prevention programs within the Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps (NNDCC) programs. All NJROTC/NNDCC units were directed to establish such a program in the beginning of every school year. It was requested that all NJROTC programs are to be well instructed in prevention courses to minimize the exposure of these forms of bullying, sexual harassment and hazing.
It is essential to keep in mind that these acts of cowardice is unacceptable; one should not be targeted by a group of people (or person) for being who they are- as a result- it is imperative that we all understand the magnitude of the preventions and treat it with great care and alertness.
The purpose of the program serves many essential roles in promoting a valuable educational environment for all cadets. Senior cadets in the NJROTC unit at the O'Bryant are specifically trained to identify, prevent and report anything within their sight or hearing that can be ultimately categorized as bullying, sexual harassment and hazing.
Assigned by Senior Naval Science Instructor, Commander Sturges, five senior cadets have assumed command of each types of prevention.
Bystander/Suicide Prevention: C/Lieutenant Junior Grade Samantha Flores
Bullying: C/LCDR Jorge-Andres Ubinas
Sexual Harassment: C/Lieutenant Juliana Tamayo
Each and every one of them have all individually completed the required course training to certify them in the correct avenues needed to efficiently identify, report and prevent bullying, sexual harassment and hazing.
Suicide, although different from bullying, sexual harassment and hazing, can be the direct consequence of each types of harassment- it is essential to understand that suicide is not to be taken lightly. Please report to any authority if a risk of suicide is at hand.