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Only on Uniform Wear Day cadets are required to dress in uniform for the whole day.
JROTC teacher Major Cenney says: “A lot of people have heartburn with the uniform. They say, ‘Oh, you’re making them look like little soldiers.’” To him the uniform is a teaching tool. “To wear it correctly, they have to think ahead, plan and organize: clean it, prepare it. From time to time they’re going to be asked to wear the uniform in a correct manner. For a lot of kids that is a big challenge. Where else in the public education system will a kid learn that he’s responsible for his appearance, have good grooming, hygiene, all of those things?”
The two boys sitting on the floor are cadets too, they have forgotten to bring in their uniform, unintentionally or on purpose, maybe they did not keep it presentable.
Langdon, New Hampshire, USA. January 2011.