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Hartman finds calling as NJROTC commanding officer

Gloucester High school senior Zach Hartman was originally inspired to enroll in the NJROTC program offered by the high school to follow in the footsteps of his older brother, Joshua. In addition he was attracted because the program offered a gym credit that got him out of taking a P.E. class his freshman year.

When Hartman was 12 years old, he said, he struggled with finding a sense of self-identity which transformed itself into a desire to be recognized and appreciated. This self-reflecting pursuit taught him an invaluable lesson: “It doesn’t matter where you fall in the world, it’s about what you do with your life and enjoying yourself that matters; you give life meaning.”

Living by these words, Hartman managed to become the commanding officer of the GHS NJROTC program. Today, he leads the 272 students that the program has enlisted. The position of cadet commander is awarded to one senior every year. After undergoing an interview, Hartman was hand-picked for...

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