CLOVER — Making the transition from an enlisted cadet to an officer cadet is perhaps the most significant change a cadet may experience while participating in a JROTC program.
It changes the entire dynamic of what will be expected of them from that point forward, said Maj. Brian Batson, USAF (Ret), and Clover High School Air Force JROTC instructor.
Newly appointed officers are not only responsible for their own actions and duties but are now charged with the development, training and motivation of junior cadets who were up until a few days ago their peers, he said.
Twelve cadets from Clover High School’s AFJROTC Program were recognized Wednesday for transitioning into the officer corps during an Officer Induction Ceremony that included remarks from Corp Commander Col. Brady Watson, as well as an Oath of Office and the ceremonial pinning of ranks.
“This ceremony serves the purpose of not only welcoming the newly promoted officers, but also to take the opportunity to set the foundation for their success,” Watson said. “It’s important that we recognize the hard-work each one of them put in to get here however the real work for them is just beginning. We promoted an extremely talented group this morning and I feel the corps has never been in better hands.”
The 12 recognized are Chase Calvert, Steven Tallmadge, Harrison Brooks, Brittany Brinkley, Samantha Lucas, Michael Drum, Zack Hurley, Tyler Lightsey, George Ramsey, Jackson Gordon, Chris Owen and Brandon Parker.