Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Student Wordle To Success Speeches

Aristotle Quote
Student Feedback to Student Success

Click on the Above Link to see the Student "Wordle" graphic taken from the student speeches about what decisions and associated actions did they need to make to be successful....

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Orders To The Sentry Applications In Real Life

On March 21st, 2003, Maj. Jay T. Aubin, 36, a prior enlisted Marine aviator was killed in a helicopter crash in Kuwait during combat preparations for Operation Iraqi Freedom. He and his crew were transporting and training with eight British Royal Marine Commandos at the time of the crash. He was survived by his wife and two children, a son and a daughter. In 1993, I met him when he was an Officer Candidate at USMC Officer Candidate School at Quantico, Va as he was going through the PLC Combined program. Put in a peer leadership position as the Candidate Platoon Commander, he stepped up when he saw something wrong (To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce) and displayed great moral courage in reporting it and looking out for his fellow candidates.

Your task today is to (A) organize into two teams, one team covering the first five (1 thru 5) general orders, and the second group covering the next six (6 thru 11) general orders. (B) Each team will develop real life civilian examples of how the spirit of those orders to the sentry apply to everyday life situations ans scenarios. (C) Each team will present those real life examples in a small group presentation on Monday December 3 during class. (D) A designated individual from each team will post your teams work (your examples) on this blog (over the weekend) in the Comment Section listing your name, members of your team, and what class period you are in. (E) You will be conducting a group self assessment after the assignment on Dec 4 (Tuesday) in class. 


  1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
  2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
  3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
  4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse (or the Quarterdeck) than my own.
  5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.
  6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding OfficerCommand Duty OfficerOfficer of the DayOfficer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the watch only..
  7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
  8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
  9. To call the Corporal of the Guard or Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.
  10. To salute all officers and all colors and all standards not cased.
  11. To be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.

These "General Orders To The Sentry" are a good template by which to apply to everyday situations and scenarios. Hopefully by reviewing these General Orders this week it will give you some increased awareness while you THINK, DECIDE, ACT. 


Orders to Sentry is the official title of a set of rules governing sentry (guard or watch) duty in the United States armed forces. While any guard posting has rules that may go without saying ("Stay awake," for instance), these orders are carefully detailed and particularly stressed in the United States NavyUnited States Marine Corps, and United States Coast Guard. Also known as the 11 General Orders, the list is meant to cover any possible scenario a sentry might encounter on duty. All recruits learn these orders verbatim while at recruit training and are expected to retain the knowledge to use for the remainder of their military careers. It is very common for a drill instructor or (after boot camp) an inspecting officer to ask a question such as, "What is your sixth general order?" and expect an immediate (and correct) reply.

In Navy JROTC, a first year cadet is required to know at a minimum the first five of the eleven Orders To The Sentry. Second year cadets and above are required to know all eleven orders to the sentry. 

The General Orders for Navy and Marines are as follows:

1. To take charge of this post and all government property in view.
When you are a sentry, you are "in charge." This means that no one—no matter what their rank or position—may overrule your authority in carrying out your orders. The only way that you may be exempted from carrying out your orders is if your orders are changed by your superior. For example, if your orders are to allow no one to enter a fenced-in compound, you must prevent everyone from entering, even if an admiral tells you it is all right for him or her to enter. The petty officer of the watch (or whoever is your immediate superior) may modify your orders to allow the admiral to enter, but without that authorization you must keep the admiral out. Situations such as this will not often, if ever, occur, but it is important that you understand the principles involved. It is also your responsibility to know the limits of your post. This information will be conveyed to you among your special orders. You must also treat all government property that you can see as though it were your own, even if it is not technically part of your assigned post.[1]
2. To walk my post in a military manner, keeping always on the alert and observing everything that takes place within sight or hearing.
"Keep your eyes peeled", as the expression goes. Be vigilant by looking around at all times. Do not be tempted to hide from the rain or cold in poor weather. If you see or hear anything unusual, investigate it.[1]
3. To report all violations of orders I am instructed to enforce.
If, for example, someone is climbing a fence near your post, you must report it, even if the offender stops climbing and runs away after your challenge. In this case, even though it appears that the threat to security is over, there is no way for you to know whether this violator is the only one involved. And even though the climber may have just been seeking a shortcut back to her or his ship, you cannot be certain that there is not something more sinister involved. Let your superiors make the judgment calls; your job is to report what happens on or near your post.[1]

4. To repeat all calls from posts more distant from the guardhouse (or the Quarterdeck) than my own.
"In these days of modern communications, sentries will probably have telephones or radios at their disposal with which to make their reports. But if they do not, or if there is a power failure or some other reason that the modern equipment fails, the age-old practice of relaying the word is very important. The term "guardhouse" in this general order refers to the command post or point of control for the watches. It might be the quarterdeck on board ship or a tent in the field.[1]
5. To quit my post only when properly relieved.
It should be fairly obvious that you should not leave your post until someone has come to take your place or until the petty officer of the guard has told you that the watch is no longer necessary. If the person relieving you is late, report it to the petty officer of the watch but do not quit your post. If you become ill and can no longer stand your watch, notify the petty officer of the watch and he or she will provide you a proper relief.[1]
6. To receive, obey, and pass on to the sentry who relieves me, all orders from the Commanding OfficerCommand Duty OfficerOfficer of the DayOfficer of the Deck, and Officers and Petty Officers of the watch only..
It is essential that you receive and obey all of the special orders that apply to your watch. It is also essential that you pass these orders on to your relief.[1]
For the Marine Corps it reads 'Commanding Officer, Officer of the Day, Officers, and Non-Commissioned Officers of the guard only.'
7. To talk to no one except in the line of duty.
"Having conversations about matters not pertaining to your duty is distracting and must be avoided. If someone tries to engage you in casual conversation while you are standing your watch, it is your responsibility to inform them courteously that you are on duty and cannot talk with them.[1]
8. To give the alarm in case of fire or disorder.
"While this is rather straightforward and obvious, keep in mind that a fire or disorder of some kind might be a deliberate distraction to keep you from observing some other disorderly or subversive activity. If you are certain that a fire is not meant to be a distraction, you should fight the fire if you have the means to do so. Remember, however, that your first responsibility is to report whatever is amiss.[1]
9. To call the Corporal of the Guard or Officer of the Deck in any case not covered by instructions.
The rule here is "When in doubt, ask." If you are not sure what you are supposed to do in a particular situation, it is better to ask for clarification than to make an assumption or to guess.[1]
10. To salute all officers and all colors and all standards not cased.
Even though you are in charge of your post and everyone, including officers, must obey your instructions insofar as they pertain to your duties, you must still extend the appropriate military courtesies. Both terms, "colors" and "standards", refer to the national ensign. The national ensign may be referred to as "the colors" when it is fixed to a staff, mast, or pike (e.g., when flown from a flagstaff or carried in a parade). When it is fixed to a vehicle it is often called "the national standard." A flag is considered "cased" when it is furled and placed in a protective covering. If your duties allow, you should take part in morning or evening colors ceremonies, but do not sacrifice your vigilance by doing so. For example, if your assignment requires that you watch a certain area and the national ensign is being hoisted in a different direction, you should stand at attention and salute but do not face the colors; keep looking in the direction you are supposed to be watching.[1]
A "standard" to be saluted would be someone or something that military personnel are required or encouraged to salute. Two examples of a "Standard" would be the Medal of Honor or a Medal of Honor recipient. Some commands require a salute to the family of fallen soldiers during a funeral or memorial service - this could also be considered a "Standard."
11. To be especially watchful at night and during the time for challenging, to challenge all persons on or near my post, and to allow no one to pass without proper authority.
Challenging persons while you are on sentry duty is accomplished by a mix of custom and common sense. When a person or party approaches your post, you should challenge them at a distance that is sufficient for you to react if they turn out to have hostile intentions. You should say in a firm voice, loud enough to be easily heard, "Halt! Who goes there?" (or "Who is there?"). Once the person answers, you should then say "Advance to be recognized." If you are challenging a group of people, you should say, "Advance one to be recognized." If you have identified the person or persons approaching, permit them to pass. If you are not satisfied with that person's identification, you must detain the person and call the petty officer of the watch. When two or more individuals approach from different directions at the same time, challenge each in turn and require each to halt until told to proceed.[1]

Reference:  Thomas J. Cutler (1902-2002). The Bluejacket's Manual. US Naval Institute Press. p. 153. ISBN 1-55750-208-0.The Bluejacket's ManualThomas J. Cutler

2012 Chain of Command for Cadet Knowledge

QUICK OVERVIEW:  In a military context, the chain of command is the line of authority and responsibility along which orders are passed within a military unit and between different units. Orders are transmitted down the chain of command, from a higher-ranked individual, such as a commissioned officer, to lower-ranked personnel who either execute the order personally or transmit it down the chain as appropriate, until it is received by those expected to execute it. In general, military personnel give orders only to those directly below them in the chain of command and receive orders only from those directly above them. A service member who has difficulty executing a duty or order and appeals for relief directly to an officer above his immediate commander in the chain of command is likely to be disciplined for not observing the chain of command. Similarly, an officer is usually expected to give orders only to his or her direct subordinate, even if it is just to pass an order down to another service member lower in the chain of command than said subordinate.

  1. President of the United States (POTUS)                 President Barack Obama
  2. Vice President of the US (VPOTUS)                      Vice President Joe Biden
  3. Secretary of State (SECSTATE)                            Honorable Hillary Clinton
  4. Secretary of Defense  (SECDEF)                           Honorable Leon Panetta
  5. Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV)                          Honorable Ray Mabus
  6. Chairman of the the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS)      General Dempsey, USA
  7. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO)                          Admiral Greenert
  8. Commandant of the Marine Corps (CMC)              General Amos, USMC
  9. Chief of Naval Education & Training                       Rear Admiral Quinn
  10. Commander of Naval Service Training Command    Rear Admiral Steindl 
  11. Area Four Manager  (A4M)                                   Commander Hankins
  12. Senior Naval Science Instructor (SNSI)                  LtCol Killackey, USMC
  13. Naval Science Instructor (NSI)                               Chief Pascoe
  14. Cadet Company Commander                                 Cadet Lieutenant Commander Bayles
  15. Cadet Executive Officer                                          Cadet Lieutenant Lenard
  16. Cadet Company Chief                                             Cadet Senior Chief Cardenas
  17. Cadet First Platoon Commander                            Cadet Ensign Gaines
  18. Cadet Second Platoon Commander                        Cadet Ensign Del Cid
  19. Cadet Third Platoon Commander                            Cadet Ensign Ronco

Pictures of Chain of Command: 

1. POTUS  President Obama

 2.  VPOTUS: Vice President Biden

 3. Secretary of State: Honorable Hillary Clinton

 4. SECDEF: Honorable Leon Panetta

5. SECNAV: Honorable Ray Mabus

 6. CJCS: General Dempsey
7. CNO Admiral Greenert
8. CMC  General Amos
9. Chief of NET Command: Rear Admiral Quinn

10. CDR, NSTC: RDML Mewbourne
 (pictured as a Navy Captain)

11. Area 4 Manager   Commander Hankins
12. SNSI   LtCol Killackey, USMC Retired
13. NSI  Chief Pascoe, USN Retired

Dec 5 (6:30pm) NJROTC Parents Meeting in CGS Community Room

Click on this Link for Parent's Meeting Homework Assignment

TASK: Click on the Above LINK and Print out the sheet and get parental information.

RETURNING THIS COMPLETED AND SIGNED DOCUMENT IS HOMEWORK FOR WEDNESDAY , NOV 28, 2012.  This does not commit your parents or guardians to volunteering for anything, it merely lets us communicate with them to keep them informed about what you are doing and how they can get involved if desired.


So you "say" you want to be Successful...?


Watch this six minute video, take notes, and draft a written one minute (1:30 min max) speech on what specific DECISIONS and ACTIONS you need to make for YOU to be SUCCESSFUL....

Do not just write the stereotypical comments: " I need to apply myself...study harder...pay attention in class...do my homework....etc." BE SPECIFIC on the DECISIONS and ACTIONS ...

You will give the short speech in class (participation) today and your homework is to post your short speech in the Comments section of this blog, include your name and period (for example: Cadet Smith, Period 2) in the beginning of your comment (written short speech).

If you have any questions ask me in class.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Debate: Should A Leader Lose Their Job Over An Ethics Violation?

Should Retired General Petraeus Lose his job as CIA Director over infidelity?

Read the CNN Article and Prepare a Class Debate on the Questions: Should an Organizational Leader Lose their Job Over An Ethics Violation?  Use former CIA Director David Petreaus as the example for the Debate.

1. Pick Two Teams (1/2 male & 1/2 female). One Team that Agrees with Firing A Leader for infidelity and One Team that Disagrees with firing someone for Infidelity. Each Team will have three debaters with speaking roles to present your three main ideas for agreement or disagreement in the debate. Pick one person in the group to sign onto the blog to provide your talking points.

2. Draft Your Debate Talking Points and be ready to provide a copy. Submit those debate talking points as comments in this blog.

3. The Debate will occur on Wednesday during our shortened day.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

End of First Marking Period Reflection

Purpose of Reflection: As the teacher I feel it is importance for you, the student, to assess yourself, your peers, and yes even the teacher.The ability to analyze yourself and others is critical to any team (class, sports team, business, family) if it seeks to learn and improve its performance. "Looking in the mirror" is important, as is showing others your perspective and being open to their perspective.

Here was the class assignment for Thursday and if needed to complete Friday.

1. What Did You Learn this Marking Period In This Class?

2. Self Grading and Peer Grading (A, B, C, D, F)

A. What Grade Would You Give Yourself in NJROTC this marking period? Why?

B. What Grade Would You Give Your Classmates and Why? (Also include any advice you would give them.)

Cadets Overall Grade Political Commercial Grade

List of Peers to Evaluate.....

Example:    Albert Smuckatelli           B / F :  He turns in his homework, but he doesn’t contribute in class much. He didn’t do any research for the commercial and someone else did his work for him..... He needs to take school more seriously, because he is always goofing around.

3. What Could Your SNSI Have Done Better This Marking Period To Make the Class Better? (Be candid = Be Negative. I am looking for ways to improve so if you think I can or should do something better tell me.)  

I will collect the results and brief the individuals and the class. I am interested in your thoughts associated with the picture inserted, do you agree with that comment or not, please comment.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The Importance of the Debates for 2012 Elections

Article About the Three Debates Impact on 2012 Election

We spent considerable time and effort watching, analyzing, and synthesizing your impressions of each of the Presidential candidates performances on the three Presidential Debates. The above attached article (Click on it and READ IT)  provides some interesting behind the scenes information and insights that will deepen your understanding of the political process and the significant impact that these debates had on this election. Because of the work you have done you will appreciate this article more than most.

PS. Side note: The individual (Kevin Madden mentioned in the article) was a former player I used to coach in basketball when he was in grade school in Yonkers, NY. He is with the Romney campaign.  

Remember your "knowledge build" on what you have learned in our class is what you will carry into adulthood when you vote for the first time in the NEXT Presidential Election in 2016.