FORT BRAGG, NC – Cadets from Gates County High School’s Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps got the opportunity to explore the home of the Airborne and Special Operations. The JROTC program prepares high school students for leadership roles while making them aware of their rights, responsibilities, and privileges as American citizens. The cadets were taken around Fort Bragg and introduced to possible career fields in the Army.

“I wanted to give the cadets what Fort Bragg is all about,” said Chief John Howard, Naval Science Instructor at the high school. “Seeing different aspects of the Navy, Coast Guard and Marines are great; but they really haven’t had the chance to see what the oldest branch in the military has to offer.”

Gates County High School is a small public, rural high school located near the center of Gates County, North Carolina. People in the county are primarily farmers, but with increases in population migration, the county has become a bedroom community for families stationed at Hampton Roads, Virginia. There are approximately 12,244 residents in the county, which is surrounded by Virginia and the Chowan River.

“Currently, we have 36 cadets, and our total school population is right around 486,” said Chief Howard. “I am the only naval science instructor.”