Clements High School Navy JROTC Marksmanship team received a grant from the National Rifle Association worth $5,000. The grant comes in the form of 8 new competition style air-rifles and a CO2 recharging canister.
“This equipment provides our team state of the art air rifles and will allow us to be much more competitive in the coming year. Having this equipment will increase our standing in marksmanship and allow us to exceptionally compete in all Navy competitive areas,” stated Cadet/Lieutenant Commander Felix Chavez, Commanding Officer of the Clements Navy Unit.
According to Chief Jason Gorsuch, Naval Science Instructor and marksmanship team coach, “The NRA provides these grants to programs like ours because we are providing students with fire-arm education, safety and familiarization training and because we provide a safe, controlled venue for students interested in marksmanship,”
While competitive air-rifles are low velocity fire arms, they are the center-piece and catalyst for teaching proper handling procedures, range safety and marksmanship.
Over the past few years, Clements Navy JROTC marksmanship team had been unable to compete at a consistent level due to a lack of competitive grade air-rifles. The NRA grant will allow for equipment consistency in the program over the coming years. The Clements NJROTC marksmanship team will resume practice this May in hopes of competing in State and National level meets this fall.
About Clements High School Navy JROTC: The program teaches cadets about American History, Government and International Affairs with an emphasis on U.S. Navy operations and activities associated with global events. The program stresses physical fitness and healthy competition, participating in State level meets for Military Precision Drill Teams, Academic and Athletic Teams as well as Color Guard. Navy JROTC provides a venue for cadets to serve their community and participate in volunteer service activities throughout the year.