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Junior ROTC cadets take over Fort Benning

Hundredsof high school JROTC cadets have descended on Fort Benning for a full week ofadventure training.

On Tuesday, severaladministrators from the different school districts tagged along to get in onthe action.

"What we do is bring about350 kids from 27 different schools, and they learn how to do leadership,"JROTC PAO Lieutenant Colonel Robert Koester said.

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

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

"Ithelps you become more responsible and you can take back what you learned toyour school and apply it to what you're doing there. I want to go to collegefirst and then join the Army," said Johnson.

School administrators alsotagged along to get an idea of what their students get to experience. DodgeCounty Superintendent Melinda Dennis said she's amazed at the kind ofinvestment the Army and JROTC puts into students.

"Theleadership characteristics that these students are given is something thatreinforces what they do in their classes," said Dennis.

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

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