The cadets grow in Port St. Joe

Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 10:47 AM.

The Navy agreed to waive that requirement for one year, the school board maintained the program and today the ranks include 51 cadets, nearly 20 percent of the school’s enrollment.

“I’ve watched them for months; they are here early and stay late, working on drills and around the school,” said Principal Jeremy Knapp. “They are out in the community.”

The annual inspection is part of a points-earning process that every NJROTC program undertakes each year. Points are earned for participating in drill competitions, community and school outreach projects and other activities.

The goal: to earn recognition as a “Distinguished Unit” or a “Unit Achievement Award”, the two highest honors for a NJROTC program.

“We are too small to earn enough points to be a ‘Distinguished Unit’ but we’d like that ‘Unit Achievement,’” Jarosz said. “We came up just a couple of points short last year.

“We are actually ahead of where we were last year. This is something you need to take seriously and they do. We’ve worked long and hard for this.”

The inspection had several phases.

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