Each NJROTC program in the country is required to submit at least one academic team for the National Academic Exam, but academic teams also compete during the regular season of competitions. In 2012-2013, PHNJROTC participated in 6 regional events and finished first in every meet.
The National Academic Exam is a rigorous 100 question exam covering math, science, history, military subjects and current events. The minimum number of teams required for participation is one but schools can have as many as five. Patrick Henry routinely has five teams competing.