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Students learn military tactics

January 11, 2007

Sylvester - - Even with the President's decision to send more troops to Iraq, it's not keeping some students from wanting to join the military. 

The Worth County High School JROTC program has 141 students. The group leader says he doesn't try to convince students to join the military, but he teaches them life skills that they would learn in the military like setting goals and giving back to the community.

One student who's been in the program for four years says it has encouraged him to enlist. 

"It's something I've always wanted to do ever since I could remember, I've always wanted to join the military and make a career out of it. Most every male figure in my family has been in the military," says Cadet Major Sam Westbrooks.

The JROTC program has similar characteristics to the military. Students in the class are referred to as a "battalion" and the unit is made up of staff members and cadets.

It teaches discipline and students learn to march. The program at Worth County High School has received the Unit of Distinction award for several years.

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