The N.J.R.O.T.C. program was created by Congress in 1964 to teach and encourage good leadership and citizenship. The N.J.R.O.T.C. curriculum includes course work in leadership, naval history, citizenship, naval operations, seamanship, navigation, maritime geography, oceanography, astronomy, and military drill.
Instruction involves both classroom, and hands on experiences. Cadets have the opportunity to take part in ship training cruises, orientation visits, and class field trips to various naval activities to enhance classroom experiences. There is no cost to the cadet for being in the N.J.R.O.T.C. nor for the uniforms they are provided. Cadets participate in drill teams, bands, parades, color guards, academic teams, group athletics, military balls, leadership camps, involvement in community service projects, and other types of extra curricular activities.
The unit at M.A.S.T. was started in 1981 with the establishment of the school. Responsibility for the Naval Science classes, which students take throughout their four years at M.A.S.T. is divided among the three Naval Science Instructors.