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Submitted photoBasic Leadership Training graduates from the Greenville area included (left to right) Eli Hathaway, Joe Sutter, Malachi Jones, and Kelsey Gilbert.
Submitted photoBasic Leadership Training graduates from the Greenville area included (left to right) Eli Hathaway, Joe Sutter, Malachi Jones, and Kelsey Gilbert.
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GREENVILLE - Eight Greenville High School students completed Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Leadership Training.


Four students attended Basic Leadership Training (BLT) at Camp Sherman National Guard base in Chillicothe, Ohio. BLT is designed for freshman and sophomore students who have been identified for future NJROTC leadership positions.


Students attended camp with 100 other students representing NJROTC schools from West Virginia, Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Students were given a five day intense course in military drill, military courtesies, athletics, marksmanship, orienteering and academics. The week was concluded with a graduation ceremony, where parents could attend and see the cadets recognized for their accomplishments.


Four students attended advanced Leadership Academy (LA) at Naval Training Station Great Lakes, Illinois, located 40 miles north of Chicago. LA is designed for junior and senior students who have been identified for leadership positions within their respective home schools. Cadets to be eligible to attend must have completed BLT and be able to pass the Navy’s physical fitness test.


Students attended camp with 120 other cadets representing NJROTC schools from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, West Virginia and Nebraska. During the eight day course students were given instruction in basic ship board operations; science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); proper handling of rubber rafts; sailing lessons on Lake Michigan.


The goal of the Leadership Academy is to produce better leaders through the training they had in platoon inspections, room inspections and drill throughout the week. The cadets ended the week with a graduation ceremony during which they received a silver shoulder cord to wear on their uniforms, signifying the successful completion of the leadership academy.


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