No reason to be alarmed this weekend when hundreds of JROTC students from across the state invade the campus of the Elbert County Comprehensive High School.
Starting bright and early tomorrow morning the Elbert County JROTC program will host their yearly raider team competition.
Elbert County Raider Team Instructor Master Sergeant Al Homer says there are three different types of raider teams.
“A lot of people don’t know and it is hard to explain exactly what an ROTC raider team is”, said Homer. “For 17 years we just had a male team, two years ago we had a mixed team come aboard, and for the first time in school history we have an all female team, and all three of those teams will compete statewide.”
The first leg of the competition begins at 8:00am tomorrow morning said Sergeant Homer.
“With a 2.6 mile run and it is a team run and all ten raiders will run that distance as a team; then we an obstacle course which is new to Elbert County this year; following that we have Elbert County’s signature event, the rope bridge”, said Homer. “We have the animal king carry, and we close it all out with a cross country rescue.”
According to Sergeant Homer, a total of fifty-five different teams from all over the state will be competing in one of the three previously mentioned divisions.
The Elbert County Male raider team is eyeing their 4th consecutive state title this season, and Sergeant Homer is also expecting big things as well from his Male-Mix and All-Female teams.