Billie Rankin

Phone: 941-575-1723


Degrees and Certifications:

Billie Rankin

Welcome to NJROTC

Welcome to Charlotte High School's Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) Unit.  NJROTC has been a part of the CHS cirriculum since 1973.  Charlotte County Public Schools Lemon Bay and Port Charlotte High School have sister NJROTC units.  According to Title 10, Section 2031 of the United States Code, the purpose of JROTC is "to instill in students in secondary educational institutions the values of citizenship, service to the United States, and personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment."  

Our typical week at CHS involves physical training on Monday and Friday, classroom instruction on Tuesday and Wednesday, and a uniform inspecion day every Thursday.  

Cadets are expected to be good citizens both in school and outside of school.  All NS2, NS3, and NS4 cadets will set the example at all times.  

Classroom Instruction Topics:

NS2 (second year cadets)

Maritime History


Nautical Sciences

NS3 (third year cadets)

Naval Knowledge


Naval Skills

NS4 (fourth year cadets)

Leadership and Ethics

Physical Fitness:

We test a cadet's physical fitness every quarter in a graded event known as the Physical Readiness Test (PRT) based on the Navy PRT. The physical training we conduct on Monday and Friday should help them improve their scores and motivate them towards living an active and healthy lifestyle on their own.  While failing the PRT will not mean they fail the class, the cadet should demonstrate effort towards passing the PRT.  Cadets will be provided a pair of Navy issue PT shorts, a Navy issue PT shirt to wear on Monday and a CHS NJROTC PT shirt to wear on Friday.

The PRT consists of three events; 2 minutes of curl-ups (sit-ups), 2 minutes of push-ups, and a one mile run.  For a 15 year old male cadet; he will pass with 47 curl-ups, 30 push-ups and a run time of 8:45.  The scores are more lenient for the 15 year old females with 31 curl-ups, 14 push-ups, and a run time of 11:20. All cadets should strive to do as well as they can.  They earn ribbons based on their score.  

Uniform Days:

Every cadet will be issued a Navy Service Uniform to wear for uniform days. The cadet is expected to keep it clean and inspection ready.  We also provide oxford shoes that they will need to polish. The inspector will test their knowledge and bearing in addition to the uniform on inspection days.  


Classroom instruction testing, PRT, and Uniform Inspection grades are all worth about a third of cadet's overall grade.  Cadets must participate in each event.  Cadets unable to participate in physical fitness must have a note from their parents stating that they are to be excused.  

Supply List for NJROTC:

Water Bottle with name clearly marked on the outside.

Running shoes in good condition for physical training.*

Activity fee of $30 for returning cadets, $50 for first year cadets. Checks may be made out to "CHS NJROTC", receipts will be provided** 

*CHS will provide running shoes for students in need, just talk to me and I will get you squared away.

**For students unable to pay, we can provide scholarships, just talk to me.

About Major Rankin:

I started working at CHS in 2019 as the Senior Naval Science Instructor.  I teach the second, third and fourth year cadets.

I entered the Marine Corps in 1997.  My military occupational specialty was Adjutant which is the only job I know of that requires the ownership of a sword and has their very own march, the "Adjutant's Call".  My favorite thing about the Marine Corps is the people, I love Marines.  I actually enjoyed moving every couple of years and had the good fortune of living in Virginia, North Carolina, California, Belgium, Louisiana, Georgia, and Rhode Island.  During my military career, I deployed four times.  My advice to anyone interested in the Marine Corps is to go for it.  People who join the Marine Corps join to be Marines, for us, that is the incentive. The hardest part about the Marine Corps is the first couple months...after that, any day you don't get yelled at is a pretty good day.  My favorite assignment was Executive Officer of the Naval Academy Preparatory School in Newport, RI; a billet I had no interest in.  It turned out to be the most rewarding tour of my life.  The Midshipman and Cadet Candidates in the NAPS Battalion are who motivated me to pursue this "retirement" career with NJROTC.  I am delighted to be here at CHS.

In my spare time; I enjoy long distance bike touring, CrossFit, and the beautiful SWFL weather during snowbird season.

Go Navy! Go Bears! Go NAPS! Go Tarpons!