New Cadet Field Manual!

posted Sep 19, 2017, 12:00 PM by CAPT Deehr   [ updated Sep 19, 2017, 12:01 PM ]

Cadets, Parents, and Guardians,
NJROTC has published the new Cadet Field Manual and it is attached below!  All NS1 Cadets have been issued a hard copy of this version of the manual.  However, NS2-4 Cadets were issued older versions when they first entered the program.  Please use this new version as a reference for any questions on uniform standards and drill.
Captain Deehr and Chief Spears

Welcome Back Patriots - Upcoming Events!

posted Aug 15, 2017, 9:20 AM by CAPT Deehr

Hello to All New and Returning Members of Patriot Company,

A hearty welcome back to the parents of our returning Cadets and a welcome aboard to the parents of our new incoming students.  It’s going to be an exciting year for everyone, so let’s get started.  As many of you know, the Naval Science Instructor position was vacant last year but prior to the end of the school year we hired a highly motivated retired Chief Petty Officer named Mathew Spears.  Chief Spears comes to us following 23 years of active duty service as an Intelligence Specialist.  He spent several years as an instructor and is a qualified Master Training Specialist, so he brings with him a wealth of knowledge as an educator and trainer.  He very much looks forward to training and mentoring our future leaders and with him on board, I look forward to a very active and exciting year.

For those of you new to the NJROTC program, please let me introduce myself.  My name is Captain John Deehr, USN (Retired) and I truly love my job as the Senior Naval Science Instructor!  I love it because I get to work with, educate, train, and mentor the Cadets of Patriot Company and help them achieve their academic and personal goals.  To give you a little bit of information about myself; I retired in March 2016 after 30 years of active duty service.  I had the absolute honor and privilege to serve with and lead the Sailors and Marines of our Navy and Marine Corps at many levels including as the Commanding Officer of USS Germantown (LSD 42), USS Peleliu (LHA 5), and most recently as the Professor of Naval Science and Commanding Officer of the NROTC Unit at the University of Washington.  Last year was my first year in the NJROTC program and I learned a lot about Liberty High School, the Unit, and myself, and I look forward to putting those lessons learned into action in the 2017-18 school year. 

As we approach the new school year there a number of activities/events of which you should be aware.  First, we have a series of activities that will take place before school officially begins on Wednesday, 06 September.  The first of these activities is our Air Rifle Marksmanship Camp.  This two day camp is primarily designed for new and returning Cadets who are interested in learning how to shoot an air rifle and the art of marksmanship.  Our Varsity Air Rifle Team will shoot competitively at various matches throughout the year and we’re always looking for potential talent!  The first day of the camp is devoted to all the safety aspects of air rifle competition, while the second day is devoted to shooting and actual hands on experience with the air rifle.  Our air rifle range is set up in the school’s lower auxiliary gym so all activities are held completely on campus.  If your son or daughter has any desire to learn how to shoot properly and compete at a very high level, please encourage them to participate.  Or maybe they just want to check it out and see if it’s something they might be interested in, and that’s ok as well. EVERYONE IS WELCOME TO PARTICIPATE!  The dates are August 24-25 from 0900 to 1500.  (9am to 3pm).  On the first day everyone will meet in the NJROTC classroom spaces (Portable 5 & 6).  We also ask that each student bring $6.00/day for lunch.  We will provide Subway or pizza and beverages.

What:  Air Rifle Camp

When:  August 24, 25 (9am – 3pm)

Who:  Anyone interested in marksmanship

Where:  Liberty High School NJROTC Classrooms (Portable 5 & 6)

What to Bring:  A desire to learn and compete.  $6.00/day for lunch

RSVP:  Please RSVP for Rifle Camp no later than 21 August to:

The next event is our NJROTC OrientationPlease keep in mind that this is separate from Liberty High School’s Freshmen Orientation.    This orientation is designed for all students (freshmen to senior) who are new to the NJROTC program.  All new NJROTC students from 9th to 12th grade are encouraged to attend.  During NJROTC Orientation we fit the new Cadets for their uniforms and will issue physical fitness uniforms.  It’s a big job and takes a lot of time so in order to make it go as quickly as possible, if your son or daughter is new to the program please send the following information (in the format below) to me at: and cc our Supply Officer Cadet Simon Dodd at:

Last Name:                           First Name:                          Gender:

Intend to attend NJROTC Orientation:  Yes/No

Undershirt – S / M / L / XL / XXL

Sweat Pants – S / M / L / XL / XXL

Sweat Shirt – S / M / L / XL / XXL

PT Shorts – S / M / L / XL / XXL

Shoe Size

Pants Size – Female: 0 / 2 / 4 / 6 / 8 / 10 etc. 

Male: Waist size:           inches           Inseam Length:         inches

Although uniform issue is an important aspect of our orientation, it is only a small part.  Our returning Cadets are in charge of this event and it provides our Cadet staff a chance to practice what they have been taught (leadership) as well as a chance for the new students to get to know their fellow Cadets in a more casual setting than the classroom.  Also, the Cadet staff will discuss NJROTC program requirements, including uniform requirements and grooming standards, available NJROTC teams and participation, and Unit expectations and goals for the 2017-18 school year.  In addition to classroom training, some basic skills will be taught and team building and sporting events will take place.  In the end, your son or daughter will learn that they have joined an organization of young people who will instantly be their friends and will “have their back.”  Ultimately, the goal NJROTC Orientation is for the new students to be more comfortable in their new academic home and organization.  We call it being a “shipmate.”  While NJROTC Orientation is not mandatory, we certainly encourage all new NJROTC students to come and join in the fun.

What:  NJROTC New Cadet Orientation

When:  August 28 - 29 (9am – 3pm)

Where:  Liberty High School Potable 5 & 6

Who:  All students new to the NJROTC Program

What to Bring:  A desire to learn, meet new people, and $6.00/day for lunch (Subway or Pizza)

RSPV:  NLT Thursday, 25 August to:

Next on the agenda is our NJROTC Kick-off Lake Day BBQ and Pot Luck on Thursday, Aug 31 from 1100 to 1500.  (11am to 4pm).  Everyone (returning Cadets, new students, and their parents and siblings) are invited and encouraged to attend.  We will supply the usual fair of hamburgers, hot dogs, and drinks, and we ask that each family bring a family favorite dish to share with the group.   Please make plans to attend, as it is a chance to meet everyone in a casual, off campus setting and get to know each other on a more personal level.   We’ll have games to play, swimming, and of course there’s a great playground for the younger ones.  Chief Spears and I are looking forward to seeing the returning Cadets and meeting all our new students.   You need not feel obligated to stay the entire time, we know you are gearing up for the school year and time is short.  For planning purposes, please RSVP with the number of people attending to this e-mail address.

What:  Annual Before School NJROTC Lake Day BBQ and Pot Luck

When:  Thursday, August 31, 2017 (11:00 – 3:00pm)

Where:  Lake Samamish State Park – S3 Rotunda Picnic Shelter

Who:  All New and Returning NJROTC Students, Their Parents/Guardians, and Siblings

What to Bring:  Bathing Suites and a family favorite dish to share

RSVP:  No later than 25 August to:

First day of school is Wednesday, September 6th and Curriculum Night is Thursday the 7th.  It’s a very busy time for all of us and Curriculum Night only gives us about 10 minutes to discuss the program.  So after the dust settles a bit, we like to meet all the parents in a less stressful environment.  We do this by hosting a Parent/Guardian Pot Luck Dinner right here at Portable 5 & 6.  The Parent/Guardian Pot Luck Dinner is set for Wednesday, September 13th starting at 1830 (6:30pm).  During this time Chief and I will explain what the program provides, how the program is set up, our expectations for our Cadets, and how you, as parents/guardians can help your Cadet excel and achieve their goals within the program.  We will also explain what we don’t do.  This program is like no other you have encountered in the public school system and we encourage all parents to attend this very informative meeting.   We know just how special this program is and would like to share that information with all of you.  Additionally, many of our returning parents attend this meeting and share their experience and knowledge with our new parents.  So please put this night on your calendar!  We look forward to seeing you.  And remember, as this is a POT LUCK DINNER, please bring a family favorite dish to share. 

What:  NJROTC Parent/Guardian Pot Luck Dinner and NJROTC Information Meeting

When:  Wednesday, September 13th (6:30pm – 8:30pm)

Where:  Liberty High School Portable 5 & 6

Who:  New and Returning Parents/Guardians

What to Bring:  A family favorite dish to share

One last administrative note:  Several forms will be handed out on the first day of school!  For those of you who want to get a jump on this paperwork you can find it here:

Cadet Health Risk Screen Form:

Issaquah School District Sport Physical Form:

NJROTC Standard Release Form:  Attached below

Uniform Responsibility Form:  Attached below

All forms will have to be filled out and turned in no later than 20 September 2017.

On a final note, we’re always looking for new students to join Patriot Company!  If you know a young man or woman who you feel would benefit from our program please point them in our direction, we’d love to talk to them.  It matters not, what grade or activities they’re in, they can join any time, and we welcome everyone!

Please forgive me for the length of this post but I wanted to ensure everyone is aware of our near term events!  Again welcome.  Chief Spears and I are very much looking forward to the upcoming school year and hope to see you all very soon.

With much appreciation,

John Deehr

CAPT,  USN (Ret)

Senior Naval Science Instructor

Liberty High School NJROTC

Phone:  425-837-4926

Annual Military Inspection - Tuesday, 28 February 2017

posted Feb 21, 2017, 9:31 AM by CAPT Deehr   [ updated Feb 21, 2017, 9:33 AM ]

Dear Parents and Guardians,

 I hope everyone is enjoying their mid-winter break!

I wanted to take a moment and make everyone aware that our NJROTC program will be conducting its Annual Military Inspection on Tuesday, 28 February 2017.  Our Navy boss, Captain Wenceslao, the Area 13 Manager, will arrive early in the morning and will inspect all facets of the program throughout the day.

 A major portion of the inspection is his uniform inspection of each Cadet.  Every single Cadet will be inspected by Captain Wenceslao to assess their understanding of uniform regulations and to see how much general military knowledge they have learned this year.  Participation in this inspection is a graded event and will make up a significant portion of your Cadet's second semester grade.  Any Cadet who is not in uniform or who fails to show up for their inspection at the appropriate time will receive a zero.  

 As such, it is vitally important that ALL Cadets come to school next Tuesday in a fresh uniform ready for the inspection.  This includes:

 Washed and ironed black pants and khaki shirt

Khaki shirt with NJROTC Bar and appropriate rank placed correctly on their respective collars

Name tag and ribbons correctly placed on the Khaki shirt

Polished shoes

White T-shirt

Black socks

A fresh haircut and shave (males) - Hair pulled back and up (females)​

Garrison hat with fouled anchor correctly positioned

Any Cadet who receives a 100% will be awarded the Exemplary Appearance ribbon and overall platoon grades will be considered when determining Honor Platoon at the end of the year.

 Your assistance in ensuring your Cadet is ready for this inspection is greatly appreciated.

Because this inspection falls on Tuesday, Wednesday, 01 March will NOT be a uniform day.

 If you have any questions, please email me at this address.

Thank you for all you do to support the NJRTOC program,

John Deehr

Our Next Drill Meet Is January 14th At Kentwood High School

posted Dec 11, 2016, 8:09 PM by CAPT Deehr   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 5:10 PM ]

Our next Drill Meet is scheduled for 14 January 2017.  This meet will be hosted by Kentwood High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC in Covington, Washington.  We will be competing in the following events:

Color Guard Team I
Color Guard Team II
Unarmed Drill Team
Physical Strength Team
Air Rifle (Sporter)
Air Rifle (Precision)

Below is the draft competition schedule.  Updates will be posted when they are received.

All family members and friends are invited to attend and watch us compete against the area's best JROTC units.
Kentwood High School is located at:

25800 164th Ave SE, Covington, WA 98042

Please return to this page for updates and schedules as we get closer to the meet.


posted Oct 4, 2016, 4:57 AM by CAPT Deehr

The JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowl Practice Test is now open and available to all cadets in the JROTC program.  I encourage all cadets to go to to register and take the practice test by October 25 - regardless of whether you will be on the Leadership or Academic Teams.  For more information, go to or contact Emily Donahue (

Please note:  This year, the L&A Bowl Practice Test is open to all high school students – so tell your friends!  This is an excellent prep tool for the SAT/ACT exams!  Students who do not participate in JROTC will not compete in the JROTC Bowl; however, they are eligible to compete in the All American Academic Bowl - the civilian version of JLAB.

FREE! Online SAT / SAT Preparation Course!

posted Oct 4, 2016, 4:28 AM by CAPT Deehr   [ updated Oct 4, 2016, 5:07 AM ]

There is a FREE online SAT / ACT preparation course available to you as an NJROTC Cadet.  Using this site, Navy JROTC Cadets can prepare for the SAT and ACT exams by taking practice exams, working through tutorials, and focusing on areas needing improvement.  The Navy is committed to supporting cadets and believes that education is the key to lifelong success.  The Navy is offering this hugely successful, comprehensive test preparation program at no cost to Navy JROTC cadets.   The program is open to all cadets and we highly encourage sophomores, juniors, and seniors to participate.

The course offers:

40 hours of online instruction

Self-paced instruction

Review tutorials

Full length practice tests

Customized Learning Path - a program designed specifically for each student

Test taking strategies

I sincerely hope you will choose to become part of this important program designed to increase your opportunities for higher education.

To register for the program please go to:  and under the “Login or Register” banner in the upper left of the page click on the “2016 SAT” or 2016 ACT” tab.  You can take both courses but must register for each separately.

Fill out the registration page and when you get to “School Info” “Country” select United States.  This will open additional windows for State, City, and School.  Select Washington, Renton, and Liberty High School respectively.  Once that is complete fill out the Login Info and hit continue.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact.


John Deehr

Senior Naval Science Instructor

Wednesdays Are Uniform Days!

posted Sep 29, 2016, 5:34 AM by CAPT Deehr   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 5:38 AM ]


Uniforms will be worn on Wednesdays, unless otherwise noted in the Plan of the Week.  There will be a formal uniform and military knowledge inspection for all Cadets who have NJROTC class on Wednesday.  All other Cadets are required to wear the uniform and are subject informal inspection at any time.  Cadets are graded on inspection day to the standards in the Cadet Field Manual.  Because uniform inspection is a significant part of the Naval Science grade, failure to wear the uniform or missing inspections will have a negative effect on your grade.  Repeated failure to wear the uniform, misuse of the uniform or other lack or adherence to the rules will result in a detention or other disciplinary actions.

Inspections will be conducted in accordance with the Cadet Field Manual and Area 13 instructions.  All upperclassmen are expected to come to class fully prepared for inspection and ready to assist underclassmen fix minor things such as scuffs on shoes, gig lines, Irish pennants, etc.  Cadets are expected to help each other meet or exceed the standards.  All cadets must stand inspection, including those not in uniform.  Cadets not in uniform will stand in a separate formation and are responsible for meeting grooming standards and for assigned knowledge.

Uniform inspection grading will be based on meeting grooming standards, proper wearing of the uniform, bearing, and knowledge.  A cadet caught out of uniform without permission will receive a grade of 0 and will have to make it up as a failure to wear the uniform on a uniform day.  An unexcused failure to wear the uniform on uniform day will result in a loss of 20 percent on the makeup inspection if the uniform is worn and the cadets inspected the next school day.  A loss of 10 points will occur for each additional day the uniform is not worn.  Excused absences can be made up in advance or the next school day the cadet is present.  To makeup an inspection, the cadet must present themselves to an instructor in uniform for inspection to receive a makeup grade preferably in the morning before the start of the school day.  Failure to makeup the inspection the next day present will result in a loss of 10 points for each day the makeup does not occur.

Basic Leadership Training Forms

posted Sep 29, 2016, 5:14 AM by CAPT Deehr   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 5:15 AM ]

Basic Leadership Training is scheduled from 27-30 October 2016, at the CISPU Learning Center in Randle, Washington.
All the required forms required to participate in this training are attached below.  Cost for the extended field trip is $85.  Make checks payable to Liberty High School.

Fridays Are Organized PT Days! PT Gear Required!

posted Sep 29, 2016, 4:51 AM by CAPT Deehr   [ updated Sep 29, 2016, 4:52 AM ]

In accordance with Navy regulations and the Liberty High School NJROTC Standard Operating Procedures, every Friday is a physical fitness training day.

Each Friday when Cadets have NJROTC class, Cadets are required to dress out and participate in organized PT activities.  Dressing out will be considered wearing of issued PT sweats pants / shorts and sweat shirt / T-shirts and tennis shoes (not issued).  Failure to dress out in the prescribe PT uniform will result in the loss of 25 points and failure to wear any type of PT gear at all will result in the loss of 50 points.  Failure to participate in PT activities will result in a grade of 0 unless a written excuse from a parent / guardian is provided.  Extended non-participation requires a letter from a physician.

Salmon Days: 01-02 October 2016 (This is a uniform event!)

posted Sep 28, 2016, 9:57 AM by CAPT Deehr   [ updated Sep 28, 2016, 11:17 AM ]

This announcement is for those Cadets who signed up to assist the Issaquah Police Department provide crowd and traffic control during Salmon Days!

Attached are the list of Cadets signed up by shift schedule
1.  For those Cadets assigned to the first shift on Saturday 01 Oct:  Report to the Issaquah Police station (Eagle Room) no later than 0715.

2.  For those Cadets assigned to the second shift on Saturday 01 Oct:  Report to the Issaquah Police station (Eagle Room) no later than 1145.

3.  For those Cadets assigned to the first shift on Sunday 02 Oct:  Report to the Issaquah Police station (Eagle Room) no later than 0715.

4.  For those Cadets assigned to the second shift on Sunday 02 Oct:  Report to the Issaquah Police station (Eagle Room) no later than 1145.

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