There will be a new program for students to take part in at Washington High School next year — a Naval JROTC class — being offered for the first time.
The school board last Wednesday approved hiring Lt. Timothy Raines, a retired naval officer, as the part-time instructor. Raines, Eurkea, also is a volunteer with the Navy League in St. Louis.
Principal Dr. Frank Wood said Naval JROTC (Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps) will be an elective program offered for three hours.
Students from St. Francis Borgia Regional High School have signed up and will be part of the program as well, he said, adding about 50 students have expressed interest in the class. The goal is 100 students.
The curriculum is approved by the Department of Defense and starts with Naval Science 1.
“As our program grows, we plan to offer the next course, Naval Science 2-4, each year,” Wood said. “As numbers increase, we may be able to increase course offerings and leadership opportunities.”
The class will be offered daily as a regular high school elective course. Students will have regular class time and military training incorporated in the class.
They also will participate in many extracurricular events with the area ROTC and Navy programs.
“We are hoping to develop an honor guard that will present colors for parades, assemblies and other special events,” Wood said. “WHS is very excited for Lt. Raines to lead our unit and the great opportunities our students have with the ROTC course.”
The NJROTC program was established by law in 1964 and may be found in Title 10, U.S. Code, Chapter 102.
The program is conducted at accredited secondary schools throughout the nation, by instructors who are retired Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard officers and enlisted personnel.
The NJROTC curriculum emphasizes citizenship and leadership development, as well as maritime heritage, the significance of sea power and naval topics such as the fundamentals of naval operations, seamanship, navigation and meteorology.
Classroom instruction is augmented throughout the year by community service activities, drill competition, field meets, flights, visits to naval activities, marksmanship training, and other military training.
To offset costs with the program, Washington Chapter 324 of the Korean War Veterans Association (KWVA) conducted a fund drive to raise money for uniforms for the new cadets.
More than $30,000 was raised, surpassing the $25,000 goal.
Officers of the KWVA chapter note that the program’s sole purpose is not to prepare students for a career in the military, although it will give those students who join any of the branches of service a beneficial background for that type of vocation.
The program emphasizes citizenship, leadership and discipline, values that are beneficial in any walk of life, the officers said.
Pacific and St. Clair high schools also have JROTC programs. Pacific is the Marines Corps and St. Clair’s is the Air Force.
Lt. Tim Raines
Lt. Raines told The Missourian he is “honored and humbled” to become Washington’s first senior naval science instructor for its new NJROTC unit.
“This community is steeped in history, tradition, patriotism and citizenship,” he commented. “I can see it all around me as I walk through this great city. I am honored to be able to lead and teach your students.
“In such a critical time in our history with tightening budgets, your community created a new NJROTC unit through your tremendous support,” he added. “I would not be standing here today without the people and organizations of this community supporting this NJROTC unit.”
A native of St. Louis, Lt. Raines graduated from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science in professional aeronautics.
He then attended Officer Candidate School in Pensacola, Fla., and was commissioned in 2001.
He holds a Master of Science in operations management from the University of Arkansas in Lafayette, Ark., and is currently working on his master’s in education from the University of Central Missouri.
Lt. Raines has two sons, Carter, 11, and Colin, 8.
A surface warfare officer and prior enlisted man, Lt. Raines has deployed extensively to the Western Pacific, Indian Ocean, Red Sea and Arabian Gulf in support of the Global War on Terrorism, Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Southern Watch, Rugged Nautilus and Desert Strike.
His assignments include USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70), USS Hopper (DDG 70), USS Chung-Hoon (DDG 93) and USS Farragut (DDG 99), which he was the commissioning damage control assistant on a Bath, ME built ship in 2005.
Ashore as a surface warfare officer, he was assigned to Naval Personal Command as an action officer processing officer misconduct and separation cases and as the Enlisted Programs Officer at Navy Recruiting District St. Louis.
His enlisted shore tours include Navy Recruiting St. Louis as the district trainer and as the recruiter in charge of the Navy Recruiting Station in West St. Louis County.
Additionally, he was assigned to NAS Sigonella supporting air operations in Bosnia and Kosovo.
Lt. Raines’ decorations include the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement Medal (three awards), and Battle Efficiency Ribbon (two awards).