Tarheel challenge tests cadets

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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."

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