Cadets from Volunteer High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) present the American flag for the Tennessee School Board Association convention in Nashville on November 5, 2016.
Cadets travelled to Nashville on November 5, 2016 to perform a Color Guard and present the American flag at the Tennessee School Board Association meeting at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center. The Volunteer NJROTC was invited to perform in honor of the achievements of Hawkins County Schools over the last year.
To maximize this trip, the Cadets conducted a college visit at Vanderbilt University, hosted by the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps. The Vanderbilt NROTC staff explained their program and talked about admission requirements at Vanderbilt, as well as at their crosstown consortium schools of Belmont and Tennessee State.
Although a bit of a whirlwind trip to Nashville, the Cadets were honored to have been asked to perform the Color Guard and pleased to have had the opportunity to learn about Vanderbilt Universtiy.
The mission of Navy JROTC is to instill the values of citizenship, service to the United States, personal responsibility, and a sense of accomplishment. Trips to military bases and universities around the region help accomplish this mission by showing cadets the opportunities that await upon completion of high school. Cadets receive academic credit for their enrollment in JROTC while earning community service hours, participating in extracurricular activities, and developing leadership attributes. Cadets have no military obligation for participating in JROTC, but they can receive promotion in the armed forces should they choose to enlist.