NORTH FORSYTH — North Forsyth High School Marine Corps JROTC cadets are returning from their spring break with some good news after receiving the highest rating possible on their recent formal inspection.
All 238 cadets worked to pass the inspection, which ensures the program complies with the contract between the Forsyth County Board of Education and U.S. Marine Corps.
Every other year, a corps inspector general visits the unit to conduct the investigation. It focuses on curriculum presentation methods, cadet comprehension of the material, budget management and control of provided equipment.
Col. Chuck Delair and Marine staff noncommissioned officers spent the day at North Forsyth formally inspecting each cadet. They asked them questions based on the curriculum, evaluating close order drill skills, observing the methods used to safeguard equipment and evaluating administrative and logistical procedures.
Following the inspection, cadets received a “Mission Capable” evaluation.
Senior Marine Instructor Maj. Charles Kelly said the inspection was the most thorough the unit has had in his 18 years at North.
“Gunnery Sergeant Snook and I are very proud of the cadets’ accomplishments,” he said. “This was their inspection. We provided them with the knowledge, but they were the ones who briefed the inspection team, prepared the records and equipment and impressed the inspectors with their maturity, level of preparedness and bearing.
“Our cadets were led by an outstanding group of seniors who set remarkably high standards and motivated the junior cadets to be the best.”
Traditionally the team selects one cadet who stood out. This year, Cadet Sgt. Nina Carter, a sophomore, was awarded a Challenge Coin, a military tradition of acknowledging excellence, for her knowledge, bearing and deportment throughout the inspection.
In addition to the inspection, the program’s rifle team won the state semifinal marksmanship match and has advanced to the state championship, set for April 14 at Fort Benning.