Cadets Journey at Parris Island

Cadets Journey at Parris Island
Posted on 10/23/2023
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The Junior Marine Corps Reserve Officer Training Corps (JMCROTC) program at Transylvania County Schools (TCS) has embarked on an extraordinary and inspiring journey that promises to leave a lasting impact on both cadets and the community. This unique field trip took the cadets to the iconic Marine Corps training facility, Parris Island, where they had the exclusive opportunity to witness the rigorous training that shapes the finest Marines. 

During their visit, the JMCROTC cadets were immersed in the environment of the Marine Corps 'boot camp,' giving them a firsthand look at the dedication and commitment required to become a Marine. This experience was truly exceptional, providing the cadets with insights into the physical and mental challenges that recruits face on their journey to becoming United States Marines. 

The cadets had a full itinerary that included touring the training facilities, receiving instruction from assigned USMC Drill Instructor escorts, participating in various field training exercises, visiting the Command Museum, and attending the weekly Company Graduation ceremony that marks the culmination of the 13-week USMC recruit training program. 

This field trip holds great significance for the JMCROTC program at Transylvania County Schools, which has a proud history of instilling leadership, teamwork, and discipline in its cadets. The journey to Parris Island not only enhanced the cadets' understanding of the Marine Corps but also left an indelible mark on their lives. It was undoubtedly a life-changing experience that will further inspire them to become leaders in their community and beyond. 

The purpose of this exceptional field trip was to provide the cadets with a unique opportunity to learn about leadership and service by closely observing USMC recruit training. The immersive experience allowed them to embrace camaraderie and build their team spirit while staying together in an open squad bay setting, mirroring the foundational training installations of the Corps. 

Senior Marine Instructor Colonel, USMC, Ret. Scott Blankenship stated that “we are working to build unit identity and esprit de corps for the program as a whole, rather than the cadets identifying only with the block/period in which they participate during the regular school day...we want to build pride in the program, as well as their pride in their block.”

Transylvania County Schools successfully brought 45 of the 51 assigned cadets to Parris Island, with 37 cadets from Brevard High School and 8 from Rosman High School. The group consisted of 30 males and 15 females, accompanied by dedicated chaperones and mentors; Gabi Juba, TCS Chief Finance Officer, and Vince Warren, CTE teacher at Brevard High School, provided invaluable support throughout the journey. 

This unforgettable experience underscores TCS's commitment to providing its students with unique and enriching opportunities that go beyond the classroom. It is a testament to the school district's dedication to nurturing the next generation of leaders and instilling values of discipline, service, and teamwork. 

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