Hurricane Navy JROTC - Anchored in Excellence!
Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI)
Degrees and Certifications:
M.S., Naval Postgraduate School B.S., United States Naval Academy Lean Six Sigma Black Belt
CDR Kevin Borden, USN (Ret)
Commander Borden is a 1994 graduate of the United States Naval Academy and former enlisted airman in the Navy.
His operational assignments include tours aboard two destroyers, an ammunition ship, a frigate, Destroyer Squadron One, the Pacific Fleet staff, and the Joint Staff. Commander Borden earned his master's degree from the Naval Postgraduate School in 2001, completed his Joint Qualified Officer designation in 2009, and was selected for command of Afloat Training Group prior to retirement.
During 21 years of distinguished service, he earned the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Service Commendation Medal among other service and unit awards. Commander Borden previously served on the Commandant's Staff at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina, before reporting aboard Wren High School in 2019.
Commander Borden is married to Ms. Caroline Fleming of Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, for 25 years and has two school-aged children.
Naval Science Instructor (NSI)
Degrees and Certifications:
M.S. Clemson University B.A. Saint Leo University
MCPO Clifford Bailey, USN (Ret)
Master Chief Bailey, a Florida native, enlisted as a Sonar Tehnician (Surface) in the Navy in 1979. He has significant sea duty experience having served on two destroyers and two frigates in Norfolk, Virginia, and spent time as a technician aboard a destroyer tender in Charleston, South Carolina. While ashore, he served several tours as a Navy Recruiter here in the upstate, and as Senior Enlisted Advisor and Acoustic Analyst at the Surface Ship Acoustic Analysis Center in Virginia.
Master Chief Bailey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Leo University and a Master of Science degree from Clemson University...GO TIGERS!!! His awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal (five awards), the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (three awards), and various other personal and unit awards. After retiring from the Navy, he has been an NJROTC Naval Science Instructor (NSI) in the Greenville area since 2001.
- To instill in students the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment.
Pathway for Success
- People who succeed in business, industry, and education have often developed a strong sense of self discipline, an ability to lead and motivate others, and a well rounded character.
- Naval Junior Reserve Officer's Training Corps (NJROTC) teaches you self-discipline, self-confidence, and leadership skills that can help you meet life's challenges.
- NJROTC curriculum, instruction, and activities are designed to develop your leadership ability regardless of your career path.
- Be enrolled in the school sponsoring the unit
- Be physically fit enough to participate in the school's regular physical education program
- Agree to comply with uniform and grooming standards
- Be selected by the instructors for the program
- Be a US citizen or a resident alien
- Promote Patriotism
- Develop Informed and responsible citizens
- Develop respect for constructed authority
- Develop leadership potential
- Promote high school completion
- Promote higher education
- Promote community service
- Develop a high degree of personal honor, self-reliance, individual discipline and leadership
- Promote an understanding of the basic elements and need for national security
- Provide information on the military services as a possible career
- Provide incentive to live healthy and drug free
- Approximately 60 percent of the NJROTC cadets who are graduating seniors continue to higher education.
- The NJROTC program is motivational in encouraging cadets to graduate from high school and continue to higher education offering free ACT/SAT preparation.
- NJROTC cadets are better behaved, have higher attendance, are role models for the avoidance of substance abuse, have higher self-esteem, develop positive life skills, on average have higher grade point averages and graduate at a higher rate.
- Cadets learn the value of teamwork and individual accomplishments from belonging to NJROTC.
- The character education in NJROTC teaches values, principles, and self-discipline promoting positive, productive behaviors and provides a support structure that is critical not only in helping cadets avoid the use of drugs, but living a healthy and fit lifestyle.
- NJROTC provides the opportunity for secondary school students to learn the basic elements and need for national security and their personal obligations as Americans.
- The program enhances the image of the military in the eyes of the community by providing a chance for success for the nations youth.
- Cadets accepted for enlistment, who provide evidence of successful completion of at least 3 years of NJROTC are entitled to advanced promotion to pay grade E-3 upon initial enlistment in an active or reserve component of the Army, Navy, or Air Force, and pay grade E-2 in the Marine Corps; or completion of 2 years are entitled to E-2 (except in the Marine Corps and Air Force).
- Senior Naval Science Instructor is authorized to nominate a maximum of three eligible cadets each year to compete for U.S. Naval Academy appointments.
- Administrators of host schools that are designated as Distinguished Units with Academic Honors may nominate three eligible NJROTC cadets each as candidates for appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Military Academy, and U.S. Air Force Academy.
Besides offering a Naval Science curriculum that teaches citizenship development and maritime-related topics, NJROTC offers opportunities outside the typical classroom environment to learn drill, participate in community service activities, tour military facilities, and visit college ROTC units among many other quality learning opportunities that can only be experienced as a cadet in the program.
If you want to challenge yourself in a unique way that will enhance your high school career and build character, then join NJROTC to maximize your personal benefit while developing your citizenship and leadership qualities. Do not join if you have issues with peer leadership, are unwilling to meet simple uniform and grooming standards, or are not interested in being part of a team environment.