NAS Meridian hosted the Junior ROTC Academy this week and the cadets are preparing to graduate.
On Friday, cadets underwent a series of tests and drills to assess how much they have learned. The goal is to create leaders, both physically and mentally.
"They had reveille at 5:00 a.m. They've had so far a personal inspection, a room inspection, and an academic test," said Capt. Dennis Beaver, U.S. Naval Reserve (Ret.) "The next competition, which we are here for, is the armed and unarmed drill."
Graduating from this leadership academy will earn each cadet a silver honor cord, which signifies their success. This honor cord is distinctive in that it is the only one worn on the right-hand side of the uniform.