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Most high school students are probably spending their summer months soaking up the sun and sleeping late, before having to return to school in mid August. Not so with the cadets of the Volunteer High School NJROTC rifle team. Without the time demands of school, summer offers more time for practice as well as the travel time necessary to compete in the most important matches of the year, The National Junior Olympic Air Rifle Championships followed by the National 3 Position Air Rifle Championships.

The road to the National Championships began more than 6 months ago with a mail in postal competition. During the "Postal's", participants were issued targets to be fired at their home ranges and returned to Civilian Marksmanship Program Center for scoring. This year, 2,445 marksmen participated in the CMP Postal Competition. Then, through a series of qualifying shoulder to shoulder matches, the field was quickly narrowed to just 42 teams receiving invitations to fire in the 2 day event which was held at the Civilian Marksmanship Center in Anniston, Alabama.

Volunteer's Marksmanship Team took a respectable 15th place on day one and 18th place on day two.

Pictured left to right (All Photo's): Cadet Emilee Barnett, Cadet Dylan Coffey, Team Captain Cadet Kimberly Harr and Cadet Josey Stone.

The mission of Navy JROTC is to instill the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Trips to military bases and universities around the region help accomplish this mission by showing cadets the opportunities that await upon completion of high school. Cadets receive academic credit for their enrollment in JROTC while earning community service hours, participating in extracurricular activities, and developing leadership attributes. Cadets have no military obligation for participating in JROTC, but they can receive promotion in the armed forces should they choose to enlist.

Norman Greear

Chief Petty Officer, USN (ret)

Naval Science Instructor

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