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    Benjamin Russell NJROTC Announces the Winners of its Academic, Fitness Postal Competition



    Story by James Stockman 

    Naval Service Training Command     

    From Benjamin Russell High School NJROTC Public Affairs

    ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. – Benjamin Russell High School (BRHS) Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps (NJROTC) announced the top-three teams of its “Back to School” Academic and Fitness Postal, Oct. 14.

    Postal competitions, where cadets compete at their respective units and send the results to a host school for review, include academic, marksmanship, physical fitness, or any combination of the three events.

    ”We wanted to hold a postal event early in the school year to kick-start the NJROTC competitive season,” said Cmdr. (retired) James Stockman, BRHS’s senior naval science instructor. “We decided upon a combined academic and fitness postal to challenge the minds and bodies of the cadets.”

    Thirty-three teams from 13 NJROTC Area 8 units participated in the postal, which included a 50-question multiple-choice exam on the naval science curriculum, and the NJROTC physical fitness test – curl-ups, push-ups and one-mile run.

    “Nothing can replace the networking, camaraderie and other advantages of in-person competitions, but postals allow units to compete with minimal cost,” said Stockman. “In the NJROTC world, money is often tight, so competitions without the added expense of travel, lodging, food and more can be advantageous.”

    The top-three teams included Pace High School (Pace, Florida), Glenda Dawson High School (Pearland, Texas) and Pearl River Central High School (Carriere, Mississippi).

    “We were lucky to apart of this competition," said Cadet Alexis Parker, a third-year naval science student and athletics officer at Pace High School NJROTC. "When it started, we used everything we knew going into that test to help secure a win. Then while pushing each other, we scored high on the PFT [physical fitness test] to carry each other to first place. It was a great postal, and I would definitely recommend doing it again!”

    The winning teams will receive plaques from BRHS NJROTC that they can display in their trophy cases.

    “It was an extremely competitive postal; only two points separated the 1st and 2nd place teams,” said Stockman. “Bravo Zulu to all the participating cadets and units!”

    NJROTC is a citizenship development program, established in 1964, that instills service to the United States, personal responsibility and a sense of accomplishment in students in secondary educational institutions. Today, there are more than 600 units at high schools and military academies across the United States including units in Japan and Guam.

    Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), headquartered at Naval Station Great Lakes, Illinois, oversees the NJROTC program and 98% of all initial accessions training for the Navy, except the officers produced by the U.S. Naval Academy. This includes the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps program with more than 60 units at colleges and universities across the country, Officer Training Command in Newport, Rhode Island, and Recruit Training Command at Great Lakes.

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    Date Taken: 10.14.2022
    Date Posted: 10.14.2022 09:11
    Story ID: 431303
    Location: ALEXANDER CITY, AL, US 

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