NORFOLK (NNS) -- Chiefs and officers from Afloat Training Group Atlantic (ATG) conducted a personnel inspection for 150 cadets from Norview High School's Navy Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) Unit on March 26 in Norfolk.
Fourteen members of ATG leadership volunteered to assist in the NJROTC unit's off-site inspection. The chiefs looked for uniform discrepancies, such as proper placement of rank insignia, haircuts and polished shoes. They also asked the cadets basic military knowledge questions including the names of their Navy chain of command from command level all the way up to the President of the United States.
"The cadets were outstanding, the presentation was outstanding, it was honor to be here," said Cmdr. Collin Armstrong Winter, a volunteer from ATG. "They all had a sense of purpose, were all well trained, and were very knowledgeable."
"What the kids really get out of this is that while there are a lot of men and women that are dedicated to serving this country, those people have very big hearts," said Lt. Cmdr. Stuart Littlejohn, senior naval science instructor at Norview. "These Sailors were willing to take time out of their work day and come share their experiences and their professionalism and to show these kids that the future is still bright."
The Sailors were given the opportunity to meritoriously promote cadets who showed outstanding military bearing and uniform wear. Of the 150 cadets, five were promoted for their exemplary uniform, knowledge of uniform regulations and chain of command.
"I felt the inspection went great, really great," said Cadet Bedila Young, commanding officer of the battalion. "Everyone performed really well with only a week of practice. I was really impressed with my cadets."
Following the inspection, the students realigned their formations and performed a pass-in-review and a drill demonstration. The demonstration consisted of armed and unarmed drill performances with more than 30 cadets performing choreographed marching movements. As cadet leaders barked orders, the ATG members looked on with pride at those who might one day be their replacements.
"We want to show the kids that we and the Navy family support them. They have our pride and we hope for their success," said Winter.
More than a uniform inspection, the students and inspectors found the volunteer opportunity mutually beneficial.
"We hope to set the example, to mold our future Sailors and officers who can carry on our traditions," said Chief Fire Controlman Eric Schrotberger.
"What I loved about the ATG group is that my cadets could see somebody like themselves. They got to see see examples of what they can become," said Littlejohn. "They saw disciplined and respectful adults that have a purpose."
Littlejohn went on to say that he hopes the Sailors understand that their time was appreciated and that they are an inspiration for the cadets.
"What I hope the Sailors take away from today is that what they do matters, they're creating a future for these kids. Even though it's just 60-90 seconds with these cadets, they're [the Sailors] an inspiration for them."
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