The JROTC built a 1,200-square-foot, six-lane, indoor shooting range at the Smithfield-Selma High School and students began using the facility last week. The $10,000 in costs for the range was donated by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and the National Shooting Sports Foundation.
Although cadets will be shooting with Daisy pump air rifles, they still need to go through extensive firearms training before being allowed in the gun range.When I went off to college, some 46 years ago, ROTC was mandatory for all male students for the first two years. Besides learning important life lessons like how to dress, how to keep your gear in proper order, we learned some interesting military history. Time and again throughout history, the same tactics have worked to win battles and bring your enemy to its knees. These are lessons worth learning. I am glad that NC school districts still allow JROTC on campus.