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Volunteer NJROTC Travels To Great Lakes

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Cadets from Volunteer NJROTC travelled to Naval Station Great Lakes over fall break.

The four-day trip from October 4 to October 7 took the students to Fort Knox then to the University of Louisville. At Louisville, the Air Force and Army ROTC unit briefed the Cadets about student life, ROTC requirements, and preparing for college. Newly commissioned Army Second Lieutenants gave the Cadets a campus tour.

Following the campus visit, the Cadets proceeded to Naval Station Great Lakes. The Cadets spent a day touring the base, visiting Boatswains Mate School (USS Whitehat), and exploring the Great Lakes Naval Museum. For many of the Cadets, this was the first time they had seen one of the Great Lakes as they walked along the shore of Lake Michigan. The USS Whitehat is an indoor simulated ship used to train young Sailors about rope and line handling, proper refuel and resupply techniques, and small boat handling. At the Great Lakes Naval Museum, the Cadets learned about recruit training and the history of the US Navy. The fourth day of the trip was the long drive home to Church Hill.

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 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 chose to enlist.

Steven D. Bickford, MEd
Major USMC (ret)
Senior Naval Science Instructor
Volunteer High School

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