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National junior ROTC programs meet in Louisville

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Some of the finest army junior ROTC programs in the nation met Saturday in Louisville.

The U.S. Army cadet command national drill championships are held in Louisville every year.

This year's competition featured 1,800 cadets and brought in almost 2,000 spectators.

Organizers say it's the largest single-service drill competition in the country.

Team come all over the country to compete, but it also featured local high schools, Male and Central Hardin.

"When you see kids like this, it motivates the heck out of ya," Justin Gates said. "Because you know these kids have a purpose. They're more than kids just going to high school. They're getting everything out of high school. JROTC is a citizenship and leadership program, and what this does is it gives these kids a purpose. And they excel in school, they excel outside of school. They do the school proud."

Louisville has hosted the competition for the last ten years.

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