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Junior ROTC cadets take over Fort Benning


Hundreds of high school JROTC cadets have descended on Fort Benning for a full week of adventure training.

On Tuesday, several administrators from the different school districts tagged along to get in on the action.

"What we do is bring about 350 kids from 27 different schools, and they learn how to do leadership,"JROTC PAO Lieutenant Colonel Robert Koester said.

Lieutenant Colonel Koester said it's about building the confidence of the students. They started the confidence building process by jumping out of a 34 foot tower, which simulates jumping out ofan airplane.

"It was just fun and exciting and if anyone was afraid of heights they got over it," says Naomi Johnson. The 17-year-old a Northside High School senior joined JROTC after her mom gave her a little nudge; she's been in for almost three years. She said going to camp helps prepare for her future.

"It helps you become more responsible and you can take back what you learned to your school and apply it to what you're doing there. I want to go to college first and then join the Army," said Johnson.

School administrators also tagged along to get an idea of what their students get to experience. Dodge County Superintendent Melinda Dennis said she's amazed at the kind of investment the Army and JROTC puts into students.

"The leadership characteristics that these students are given is something that reinforces what they do in their classes," said Dennis.

The rest of the week is packed with exciting skill building activities like repelling, team building and survival tactics. The camp will end with an awards ceremony Friday.

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