The Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP) has invited the top junior shooters from around the country to Port Clinton, Ohio, to compete for the gold at the 2015 JROTC Three-Position National Championships, being held March 19-21 at the Gary Anderson CMP Competition Center. High school cadets from Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force JROTC (Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps) units are on the firing line to complete a journey that has been months in the making.
Over 8,025 junior shooters participated in the 2014-2015 CMP Postal Competition back in October 2014, with the highest-scoring shooters in each branch qualifying for the JROTC Regional Service Championships in February 2015. Top shooters and teams from each Regional location then earned a spot at the National Championship, where the overall winners will finally be determined.
The event is a 3x20 air rifle event, meaning competitors fire 20 record shots from three positions: prone, standing and kneeling. Visitors are welcome into the range to observe the National Championships at any time during the match – with free admission. All are encouraged to come witness this unparalleled display of young talent.
Larry and Brenda Potterfield of the MidwayUSA Foundation have donated over $400,000 through generous endowments to winning teams and individuals of the JROTC Championships. The MidwayUSA Foundation is a public charity that helps communities and organizations raise funds to support youth shooting teams and activities.
For those unable to attend the event, scores for the JROTC National Championship are also available for viewing online through the CMP website.