Students get a firsthand look at military life — drill instructors included YouTube/ABC 10 UP

Instead of relaxing in front of the TV during Christmas break, a group of children got to experience a taste of what the military lifestyle is all about at a weeklong camp.

The 25 cadets in the Naval Sea Cadet Corps Program range in age from 10 to 18 and come from all over the Midwest to participate in the Michigan camp.

The kids learned manners, discipline, and military customs. The cadets are trained by real drill instructors. The program includes Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps involvement, but program leaders aren’t pushing military life on the children. They’re simply hoping to instill military-style values.

“Team within our program means together everyone achieves more,” Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Wagner told WBUP. “That’s what we really try to get in to our cadets and through their heads.”

“We don’t push the military,” said Lieutenant Junior Grade Lisa Jaramillo, “but we do instill the discipline and the desire to become a better person.”

In true military fashion, participants will graduate when the program ends, Saturday.

Yolanda R. Arrington is a content editor for Rare. Tweet her @iamyolanda and like her on Facebook.
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