OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -- “We start school in August. The last thing I want is for our kids to be behind,” says Colonel Milton Shipman the director of the Eagle Army JROTC Battalion at Carroll High School.
That's why Carroll High School's JROTC created the Battalion Orientation Summer Camp last year.
Within the next two weeks, cadets will get a three-month jump start on academic training.
“So far today alone, we have gone over flag detail. We've gone over basic drill. We've gone over rank structure. We've gone over uniform,” says the Battalion Commander Nate Nelson.
The camp will go beyond studying and training.
“We have upcoming events with Troy. We're going to be touring Troy’s ROTC program next Friday, and we'll also be having all types of drill competitions and knowledge competitions throughout the week,” Nelson adds
Those that complete the camp are usually more involved in the JROTC program.
“If you look at last year's camp those kids that went through that camp are actually now in a lot of our leadership positions, so hopefully with this year the pattern repeats,” says Nelson.
And that helps strengthen teamwork.
“We're only as strong as our weakest link, and if all of our cadets have a better understanding of what he or she is supposed to do that makes us stronger,” says Colonel Shipman,
For some, this is more than fun and games.
“I like having fun but JROTC is more about discipline and leadership. I have to get those traits, says Cadet Akira Lively.
Cadets will be able to use what they learn outside of the program
“I want to make sure that each kid has an opportunity to learn to be a leader because my job here is to create great citizens, and in order to that you have to train them,” says Colonel Shipman.
A ceremony will be held next Friday for cadets that complete the camp.