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Proviso West NJROTC Earns High Marks in Inspection

January 10, 2014 04:20 PM
The Proviso West High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps (NJROTC) unit welcomed seven active duty officers from Naval Station Great Lakes to their annual personnel inspection held in the high school indoor field house on December 6.

The officers were on hand to conduct the personnel inspection and give the more than 350 cadets an opportunity to take part in an actual Navy inspection.

Mr. Gerard Egler, senior naval science instructor at Proviso West and a retired Navy commander, said that he hoped the cadets were able to see how important a Navy ceremony is and that it has meaning.

"I want them to be able to see how important any Navy ceremony is and that they have a sense that the ceremony actually means something," Mr. Egler said. "By a ceremony meaning something, hopefully the cadets will want to work harder to prepare and do well and then that will add something into their lives."

Many of the cadets agreed that they put a lot of effort into doing well at the inspection.

"I think we tried hard and really worked to do well in this inspection," said Kyana Rockett, a Proviso West junior and a Cadet Chief Petty Officer. "Having the officers from Great Lakes here, I hoped the cadets saw the Navy is a good place to be and if you try hard, you can succeed."

Nesita Smith, 17, a senior and a Cadet Master Chief, hopes more events are arranged that include active duty sailors.

"I think we did great on the inspection and I'm very proud with how everyone did," she said. "I think having the officers here helped us raise our level and I liked to see the officers back here again."
Lieutenant Commander Michael Kerley of Naval Recruiting District Chicago said that the inspection of the NJROTC units gives Navy leaders a chance to see how young men and women are doing in schools.
"For me, it's a great opportunity to interact with the youth of America," he said. "It gives us an opportunity to see that there is a next generation out there and maybe these kids will be the next CNOs (Chief of Naval Operations), the next leaders, or America's next scientists and engineers."
Article by Mr. Scott A. Thornbloom, Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs


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