JROTC field day will bring cadets, community together

Publish Date: 09/26/2019

On Friday, Oct. 11, the Marion High School JROTC Giant Battalion will face physical and mental challenges at Marion’s Matter Park.

Nearly 160 cadets are expected to participate in competitive field day events hosted by representatives from the Marion Police and Fire departments, Grant County Sheriff’s Department, Ball State University ROTC, along with recruiters from the U.S. Army, Air Force, Navy, and Marine Corps, and the Indiana National Guard.

The Giant Battalion has 75 new cadets who have never experienced a JROTC field day. In addition, 60 cadets from Warsaw High School and Blackford High School will be joining the Giants.

“This will be a great field day,” said retired Lt. Col. David Farlow, the Marion JROTC senior Army instructor. “We have great support from the community and outside organizations, plus the cadets from Warsaw and Blackford will join us. There are tremendous benefits to all programs by having our cadets integrate and interact. It should be a good time.”

All of the older cadets know what they’re in for when they attend field day. For the first year cadets, it will be an adventure! And the all-day event will certainly be a challenge for all of the cadets.

“We deliberately partnered with other service-oriented organization so the cadets could see and get to know individuals who have dedicated their lives to the service of others,” Farlow said. “I want the cadets to understand that giving back to their community is important, and the organizations participating with us are dedicated to serving others.”