Lassiter Pope Kell Sprayberry Navy JROTC Programs Hold Freshman Orientation

Although all Cobb students are back in class now, a group of students from Lassiter-Pope-Kell and Sprayberry NJROTC units started the school year a little early.

The freshmen students learned what it takes to be a successful cadet in the Navy JROTC program. During the freshman orientation, the cadets studied basic drill skills such as position of attention, right face, and forward march.

“Drill helps establish discipline in a cadet, which is a very important trait to have as a follower and a leader,” explained Capt. James Minta, Senior Naval Science Instructor of the Lassiter-Pope-Kell Navy JROTC.

Along with drill, cadets also did physical training. The students participated in exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, and running in order to build up athleticism to the Navy’s standards. The cadets also participated in team-building games such as kickball, ultimate frisbee, and tug of war to build unity among the cadets.

Throughout the orientation, the freshmen studied basic naval knowledge in preparation for their first promotion test. On this test they were asked questions on rank structure and the Orders to the Sentry. Those who passed got their first promotion to the rank of Cadet Seaman Apprentice. Along with their promotion, they also received a ribbon for participation in the mini camp.  “Being recognized for good effort in front of your peers shows these students new to high school that they can compete and be successful,” added Cdr. Axel Spens, Senior Naval Science Instructor of Sprayberry Navy JROTC. 

The Freshman Orientation is a mini camp that is used to better our unit, our cadets, and our instructors. The new cadets learned important skills such as drill, general knowledge, and athleticism.

“These students will have a head start among their peers because of their participation and willingness to learn before the school year started. This annual event will continue to make our unit grow in participation and leadership, making the Lassiter-Pope-Kell unit even stronger.  Holding the orientation with Sprayberry cadets also develops a stronger sense of community within the district programs.” Capt. Minta added. 

Cadet Chief Petty Officer Paige Kendrick contributed to this article.

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The freshmen students learned what it takes to be a successful cadet in the Navy JROTC program. During the freshman orientation, the Lassiter-Pope-Kell cadets studied basic drill skills such as position of attention, right face, and forward march.

“Drill helps establish discipline in a cadet, which is a very important trait to have as a follower and a leader,” explained Capt. James Minta, Senior Naval Science Instructor of the Lassiter-Pope-Kell Navy JROTC.

Along with drill, cadets also did physical training. The students participated in exercises such as push-ups, sit-ups, and running in order to build up athleticism to the Navy’s standards. The cadets also participated in team-building games such as kickball and ultimate frisbee to build unity among the cadets.

Throughout the orientation, the freshmen studied basic naval knowledge in preparation for their first promotion test. On this test they were asked questions on rank structure and the Orders to the Sentry. Those who passed got their first promotion to the rank of Cadet Seaman Apprentice. Along with their promotion, they also received a ribbon for participation in the mini camp.

The Freshman Orientation is a mini camp that is used to better our unit, our cadets, and our instructors. The new cadets learned important skills such as drill, general knowledge, and athleticism.

“These students will have a head start among their peers because of their participation and willingness to learn before the school year started. This annual event will continue to make our unit grow in participation and leadership, making the Lassiter-Pope-Kell unit even stronger,” Capt. Minta added.

Cadet Chief Petty Officer Paige Kendrick contributed to this article.