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WLHS ROTC program has successful start

The West Lincoln High School Jr. Naval ROTC program is off to a good start this year, according to one of its top instructors.
Lt. Cmdr. Karl Jordan spoke proudly of the new program at the Rotary Club of Lincolnton meeting on Monday. Competitively the color guards and drill teams have performed well. In a recent competition involving 19 schools, West’s unit came in second.
“They really look good, he said. “They carry themselves well. You should be proud.”
During the 2003-2004 school year they brought home 11 trophies. Approximately 100 students are enrolled in the program during the current year.
Jordan described the ROTC program as instructional, designed to teach responsibility “with attention to detail.”
“We’re not out to recruit,” he said.
The mission is to educate students about the Navy, teach responsibility and discipline.
Students learn:
· Naval history and study about some of the less-famous naval battles in U.S. history.
· How ships are built
· How boats operate
· How weather affects naval vessels.
· How long it takes for a carrier to come to a stop, and deal with some of the ethical issues that arise in the service.
· How to put out a fire on a ship. by Al Dozier

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