NJROTC competes at drill meets

Alex Hartford, Staff Writer

Drill meets are the centerpiece of the JROTC program. Every month, members of various JROTC groups across the state compete in various events. From Air Rifle Competition to Color Guard, members attempt to prove their organization and skill against other schools.
The first of many events in these drill meets is unarmed drill. This involves putting students into formations and through pre-written scenarios while marching.
“They get inspected by active duty Army Navy and Airforce. All in all, the kids just have a lot of fun, and they get some great experience,” Captain John Deere said.
This portion of drill also involves an exhibition in which the same rules apply, but unique scenarios and flourishes can be utilized to add some flair to performances.
“My favorite part is probably being able to see all the other schools and how fluid their motions are” Petty Officer Second Class Alex Pham said.
Other events include Air Rifle competition, Color Guard, Armed Drill, and PT competition. PT, or physical training team, involves doing exercises such as running, push ups, and sit ups against other students. All of these events are inspected by military members and local recruiters.
“I love competing with my team, but the most fun I have is hanging out with friends. We’re at another school for a whole day, and we just have a bunch of fun together,” Cadet Senior Chief Petty Officer Luke Ransom said.
Liberty NJROTC will be competing in drill meets over the coming months, and they will be hosting one at Liberty on March 4.