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UNG Corp of Cadets prepare for semiannual leadership challenge

UNG Cadets hone leadership skills by mentoring high school students from around the country.

Cadets at the University of North Georgia (UNG) will spend Nov. 13-15 mentoring and challenging high school students from across the country during the semiannual National Leadership Challenge (NLC) weekend.

During NLC, high school students learn about the Corps of Cadets and experience team-building and problem-solving activities, including rappelling, ropes courses, and obstacle courses. These activities are held at the university's Pine Valley facility and Camp Frank D. Merrill, which is approximately 10 miles from the Dahlonega Campus, and home to the 5th Ranger Training Battalion – the mountain phase of the Army's Ranger school. Cadets provide logistical support and mentor students during the weekend's activities.

 "NLC Weekend is just one of many events each semester for which cadets plan and prepare, with oversight from the staff and instructors in the university's Department of Military Science and the Office of the Commandant," said Keith Antonia, associate vice president for UNG's military programs.

NLC participants spend two nights in rustic 16-person cabins at Camp Wahsega, the 4-H camp owned and operated by the University System of Georgia, located approximately one mile from the Mountain Ranger Camp.

Parents who drop their students off at NLC are invited to a presentation by the director of cadet admissions on Friday, Nov. 13 at 6 p.m. in the Brooks Pennington Jr. Military Leadership Center. Topics include admission standards, cost of attendance, scholarships, and other opportunities available for cadets.

"This academic year, 62 Army ROTC scholarships, 42 Georgia Military Scholarships and approximately 20 leadership scholarships were awarded to entering cadets. Recipients will derive immeasurable benefit from a world-class leadership development program, by becoming adaptive, agile and innovative leaders of character who are able to operate across multiple domains and win in a complex world in military, government, or civilian careers." Antonia said.

Military service is not required after graduation from the Corp of Cadets. However, qualified cadets who volunteer and are contracted by the professor of military science will commission as second lieutenants in the U.S. Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard after graduating with a bachelor's degree.

To be eligible for the NLC, high school students must be at least 16 years old and have a minimum 2.8 GPA on a 4.0 scale. The event costs $115 and the deadline for registering is Nov.11.

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