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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Students from across the country gathered in Louisville to put their civic skills to the test.
More than two thousand JROTC cadets and instructors competed in the 2013 Army National Drill championship.
Representatives from 66 schools showed their skills at the convention center in downtown Louisville.
It is largest single service championship held in the United States.
"It is not about being in the military or anything. It is about being better citizens, better leaders, better people and the instructors there do that. They build up the kids confidence leadership abilities and it makes them better citizens. That's what programs like marksmanship, JROTC drill, different programs like that build their motivation level and basically have them be a lot better people after high school and that is the goal of Junior ROTC," said Justin Gates.
Event organizers say the students, ages 14 to 18, participate in the "Junior Reserves Officers Training Corps" to develop leadership skills and do not always plant to join the military after high school.