The cadets grow in Port St. Joe

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

Egan, led by unit commander Javarri Beachum, reviewed the ranks, examining uniform and appearance and also asking cadets questions about the NJROTC program and their aspirations.

Cadets earning outstanding marks were recognized and congratulated personally by Egan.

“They did a great job today,” Egan said. “The program, quite honestly, is one of the strongest I’ve seen. I know they are doing something right.”

After individual and platoon inspections, the cadets broke into groups for drills.

Marching, parade formation, rifle drills, a platoon comprised entirely of females, one-by-one they marched in front of local dignitaries, parents, students, teachers and audience members.

The female platoon is another testament to the growth of the Port St. Joe program.

“We have all kinds in our program, from honors students to ESE students, male, female, minorities, they all have to do the same things,” Jarosz said. “During the inspection there is an emphasis on the new cadets to show what they have learned and the seniors for their leadership.”

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