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One team, one fight: ‘Obstacles’ pose minimal challenges for JROTC cadets

By Verda L. Parker | | June 20, 2014


Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany was the scene for more than 60 Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps cadets, who attended a leadership training camp aboard the installation, June 3.

Representing two branches of the U.S. military, both Marine Corps and Army JROTC cadets combined forces and completed a series of tactical activities, which tested their physical stamina, maneuverability and defensive reflexes during the three-day training camp.

Amidst the background sounds of cadence being called out from his Marine JROTC platoon, retired Marine, Maj. Nicholas Nicholson, military instructor, Dougherty Comprehensive High School, Albany, Georgia, explained the purpose of the leadership camp for his cadets.

“Every summer, we are required to do a cadet leadership course,” Nicholson said. “It’s an annual requirement and it gives a good opportunity for the kids to do something a little extra, other than what they would do throughout the (regular) school year. This (part of the) program will run (for the next) three days, (at MCLB Albany).”

Senior Army instructor, Lt. Col. Don German and military instructor, 1st Sgt. Seth Howell, accompanied Americus-Sumter High School’s Army JROTC cadets, Panther Battalion, from Americus, Georgia, to the installation to complete portions of their weeklong summer training.

“(The purpose of the camp) is for the kids to learn a little more about leadership, to incorporate some of the (things) about the military, to give them a taste of what to expect, and to challenge them a bit,” Howell said. “We want them to grow and to develop the leadership skills they need to progress in life.”

In addition to the obstacle course, over the three-day period, the cadets participated in maneuvers in high-intensity tactical training, weapons training, a land navigation class, sword manual training as well as martial arts demonstrations training.