GHS MCJROTC Cadets Train at Parris Island

I am extremely proud of our 46 cadets from Goochland High School’s new MCJROTC program, who traveled to the Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD), Parris Island, SC during the week of March 13th.  The cadets got a first-hand view of how they “make Marines” at Parris Island.  While some cadets will never serve in any of our Armed Forces, the ROTC program is intended to provide the students with the most realistic experience possible.

The cadets stayed in a military barracks, ate in a military “chow hall” and carried out some of the challenging activities that Marine Corps recruits are required to master.  Some of those activities included navigating an obstacle course, visiting the gas chamber, challenging the confidence course and leadership reaction course.  Cadets also received some personal attention from a Marine Corps Drill Instructor who taught them about drill, perseverance, teamwork, motivation and pushing through adversity.

The response from the Cadets was overwhelming positive and it was an experience they will never forget.


  1. My son Kyan was one of the cadets who visited paris island, this trip strengthened his resolve to serve in the marine corps, he leaves for boot camp June 1st, two days after graduation,he’ll serve in the reserves while attending old dominion university, the mcjrotc has been a great experience for Kyan as, I’m sure it has been for all of the cadets, my sincere thanks go out to goochland high school for its support of the mcjrotc. Sincerely, Vince Brightwell

  2. So proud of our cadets! My daughter,Julie Vogel had a great time and her experience solidified her aspirations of joining the Marine Corps.

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