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filed into the gymnasium and band rooms of Marietta High School off Whitlock Avenue for a drill and color guard meet.

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"Kids these days like to be promoted," Wilson said.

"You have to be very precise in what you do," Atkinson said.

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The drill team

A normal meet is around 15 teams, said Lt. Col. James Wilson, a senior aerospace science instructor and faculty advisor for the Marietta High School team. On Saturday, Marietta High School played Red Air Force 1 On Feet host to 19 schools.

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Wilson said because of the "great amount of participation," the Marietta High School AFJROTC program is essentially divided into varsity and junior varsity squads.

The AFJROTC is a "citizenship building program," Wilson said, and is not about enlisting students into the armed forces.

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Still, Wilson did point to opportunities given to past Marietta cadets, a few of whom are in the United States Air Force Academy and are being selected for pilot training.

Wilson, who started Marietta's High School AFJROTC program 12 years ago, was a cadet while in school in Enterprise, Ala.

"We have one of the larger programs around," Wilson said.

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Although each school is one team, Marietta has more than 300 cadets competing in two units, Wilson said.

Wilson said one highlight from Saturday's meet was Marietta High School taking second place in the armed exhibition drill competition.

Atkinson said the key to gaining respect as a captain from his fellow classmates and peers is to lead by example.

It is the fourth year the Blue Devils have played host to the "Drill Meet Classic."

Wilson said a cadet can advance in to the "varsity" team by showing maturity and military bearing, or standing at attention without losing focus by reacting to the environment or moving.

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As a cadet captain, Atkinson said the first step to moving up as an officer is learning to "command people, take charge and get things done."

Colburn, son of Marietta High School Principal Leigh Colburn, was selected as outstanding commander. Colburn also placed third in dual exhibition competition with Dolin Cooper.

Inside a team, a cadet can move up in rank by showing discipline and commitment, while bad behavior can mean a loss in position, Wilson said.

Wilson said the local team was able to hold such a large event due to the help of the sponsor, the American Legion Post 296 out of Marietta.

Colton Atkinson, a junior who is in his third year with the Marietta AFJROTC program, said the competitions require attention to detail.

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The armed forces

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Marietta High plays host to JROTC cadets at Drill Meet Classic

The cadets performed in several categories divided into two areas, unarmed and armed. The latter has drills that call for a presentation of weapons. Some drills are "regulation" where multiple steps are performed in an exact sequence, Wilson said.

MARIETTA All day Saturday, young men and women in uniform, often with rifles resting against their right shoulders, marched in lines through the halls of a local high school.

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As a team, the cadets keep each other in line by setting a positive examples for one another and Air Force 1 Mid Top

Wilson added that the AFJROTC also allows students to work as a team and develop camaraderie, similar to what is found in sports programs at a high school.

stressing accountability.

Atkinson said he hopes to join the United States Coast Guard as a search and rescue pilot because of the branch's mission to help people in disaster situations.

Other drills are "exhibition" drills, which allow the cadets to develop a unique routine that will not be the same as any other team, Wilson said. The drills range from five to eight minutes.

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Wilson, who served 23 years on active duty in the United States Air Force, said after retirement he wanted to give back to the program.

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