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GHS NJROTC Kicks Off Year with Mini Boot Camp

From Aug. 8-12, Greenville High School's NJROTC unit held a mini boot camp for incoming freshman interested in joining the program. The new cadets were able to learn drills and experience what being in the program would be like.

“This is an excellent way for me to gauge interest in the program, as well as get a feel for where my incoming, and returning, cadets are at physically and mentally,” said NJROTC Commander, Larry Wilcock.

Cadets spent the night at Lake Tawakoni where they were able to set up their own tent, hike the nature trails, complete drills and even spend a few hours on the lake. Even with some elements of fun, the cadets still showed extreme commitment as they trained for the drill inspections in sweltering heat, which reached highs of 103 degrees at times. After a full week of hard work and dedication, all of the cadets graduated from mini boot camp on Friday afternoon.

Cadet Trinity Payne walked away with recognition as the Honor Cadet, achieving the highest combined score in academics and drill. Cadet Marcus Barksdale showed his dedication to learning NJROTC skills by winning the Best in Drill award. The NJROTC program is proud of the new cadets and the staff who supervised the training. The NJROTC unit is in its eighth year at Greenville and is looking forward to a highly successful year. Any incoming freshman or current high school student is eligible to join the program.

For more information about Greenville High School NJROTC, please contact LCDR Larry Wilcock at or AZ1 Mike Flater at