Tarheel challenge tests cadets

July 24, 2009 7:14:22 AM PDT
A group of high school dropouts and expellees learned skills to get their lives back on track at Fort Bragg on Thursday.Click for photos

About 150 cadets are taking part in North Carolina's Tarheel ChalleNGe Academy. It's a quasi-military program for kids who, if left unguided, could be headed for trouble.

"I didn't go to school. I mean I'd go to school some times and when I was there I was either in ISS or cutting up in class. I was just, to be honest, I was disrespectful," said cadet Kenneth Dryman.

The academy is located in Sampson County near Clinton, N.C. But Thursday, a group of cadets came to Bragg to run the Pre-Ranger Course.

Organizers say an obstacle course teaches toughness in the face of adversity and team building skills.

"It's just making me a better person overall," said Dryman. "I'm not out on the streets just hanging out past 12-30, 2-30 in the morning. I'm actually in bed doing what I'm supposed to do."