You could hear a pin drop in the gym at Kemper County High School, while the Army Junior ROTC cadets underwent an inspection that is done every three years.
The inspection is done by Robert Whitney, who travels around the south to inspect JROTC programs in schools to make sure the students are learning what they should be learning.
"I come to check all areas, administration, drilling ceremony to include color guard, then make sure the programs are doing what they are supposed to do and in compliance with the Army JROTC policies," said Whitney. "Army JROTC is not about putting kids in the Army. Far from it. It's about teaching citizenship, leadership, teamwork."
The inspection started with the uniforms.
"This is an active duty uniform even though they are Army JROTC cadets. We want them to be proud of the uniform and to wear the uniform correctly," said instructor, Lt. Col. Havron (retired).
Then the students went through drill routines with their platoons, and the color guard completed the inspection. So how did they do?
"I have found nothing but excellent in all areas thus far," said Whitney. "The cadets are motivated. They show good procedure, policy."
Havron said his students always make him proud.