First-year Ramona NJROTC cadets learn basic leadership skills

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Cadet Ensign Amanda Barrett marches Fifth Platoon during Basic Leadership Training. “Move with a purpose, cadet!” shouted Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) senior cadets, better known as ‘red shirts,’ during Ramona NJROTC’s Basic Leadership Training (BLT) at Ramona High School.The training was held at Ramona High School on the weekend of Oct. 24 and 25. At the event, 33 first-year cadets learned the basics of leadership/followership, as well as teamwork in their individual platoons to achieve a shared goal of working together as a unit and winning Honor Platoon at the Oct. 25 graduation ceremony.First-year cadets were instructed by 10 senior ‘red shirt’ leaders, one a junior Platoon Commander and the other a highly motivated second-year cadet. It was a super fast-paced way of learning what it means to be a part of NJROTC while stressing discipline. The red shirts’ job was to provide a safe yet stressful environment for the cadets. They were focused on making them look and sound sharp so at the end of the day it was locked in their brain to imitate a good leader and fulfill an effective followership role.First-year cadets arrived on campus with a motivational greeting by Cadet Staff instructors …

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