DEDEDO, Guam – The scream of “Attention on deck!” is heard through the halls as Marines and sailors enter the classroom.
The statuesque cadets keep their position as their guests are seated in front of the class. With a call of carry on, the cadets take their seats and the Marines begin giving them a look into a possible future.
“The Marines reiterated everything I have been telling them about honor, courage, commitment and the Marine Corps and I was glad the (students) were able to hear it from someone other than me,” said retired Chief Warrant Officer Ernest E. Turner, senior Marine instructor of the Okkodo High School’s Marine Corps JROTC.
Cadets with plans on a future Marine Corps career took advantage of the chance to get questions answered from active duty Marines.
“The best advice they gave me was don’t give up,” said Adam Espino, an Okkodo High School senior. “They said the only reason people fail is because they stop trying.”
[Sgt. Maj. Adam Moore instructs Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps cadets in drill during a visit to Okkodo High School in Dededo, Guam, Dec. 5. The participating Marines are in Guam supporting Exercise Forager Fury II. FF II will allow Marine Aircraft Group to improve aviation combat readiness and will simulate operations in a deployed, expeditionary environment. Moore is the sergeant major for Marine Tactical Electronic Warfare Squadron 2, MAG-12, III Marine Expeditionary Force. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Alissa Schuning/released)]
The purpose of FFII purpose is not only training and readiness, but also building local relationships and respecting the local community.
“It was great to see people excited about the Marine Corps,” said Lance Cpl. William W. Lage, a small-arms maintenance mechanic with Marine Fighter Attack Squadron 232. “Getting the chance to talk to them and tell them what Marines are all about was great.”
While the visitors talked about several topics, one of the main points made by the dominant by the visiting service members was the focus on continuing education.
The best thing is to do what makes happy you whether it is going to college first or joining the military but getting education is key, according to Lage. You can get an education before going into the military or while you are in.
Service members made it clear that the military is not the only path in life and that they take away the values the Marine Corps has taught them during their time in JROTC.
“The students of today are the leaders of tomorrow,” said Lage. “The ideas we press upon them will be the ones pressed upon us when we are no longer in charge so it’s important we teach them well.”