• MaKayla Cartwright

NJROTC cadets participate in FAMU drill meet

CHS NJROTC cadets compete at the annual FAMU drill meet on January 25

Cairo High School NJROTC cadets participated in an annual drill competition held at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) on Jan. 25, 2020.

There were around 100 students from 13 different schools from Florida in Georgia participating in the drill meet, and CHS competed against all of them. Everybody looked good, did their best, and, most importantly, did it together.

The cadets participating in the meet had to wake up early and be at the school before 6:30 a.m., where they then had to get everything they needed and load it on the bus for the meet. Once that was finished, the students loaded onto the bus and were on their way.

It was about an hour's drive, including traffic. Once the students arrived, Master Chief Youngblood had to go see what the cadets needed to do.

The first thing the cadets needed to do was to go to the gym and change into their uniforms for their inspection. The cadets were then inspected by different people and did well overall, except for some who weren't at the proper attention.

Throughout the day, there was a close order drill, uniform inspections, and physical competitions.

For the personnel inspection, cadets had to go into the gym, change, then get into platoon and get ready for inspection and get graded by their uniform and by answering questions.

The CHS cadets competed against cadets from other schools in team push ups; the boys went first, followed by the girls. They also competed in team sit ups, which followed the same procedure, but everyone had to have somebody hold his or her feet.

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