Drill Team

 

 

 

JROTC DRILL TEAMS

"Drill provides a means, through ceremonies, of enhancing morale, developing the spirit of cohesion, and presenting traditional, interesting and well executed parades. The objectives accomplished by drill are teamwork, confidence, discipline, alertness, and attention to detail, espirit de corps, and pride. It instills habits of precision and response to leader's orders and provides the participant the opportunity to practice commanding and directing." (145-U1/2-SCT)

JROTC Drill at South High School offers many teams and provides an opportunity for students to choose activities of their choice. These teams are open to all students enrolled in JROTC at South High. In addition, students gain an opportunity to meet new people, make new friends, and visit with students from other schools during the competitions and while participating in community events.

Color Guard consists of five members. They carry the National Flag, State Flag, and School Flag, with two Guards that carry Standard Military M1903 Drill Rifles that are detailed and chromed. The Color Guard performs opening ceremonies for school sporting events, community organizations, musical activities, honor organizations, and they participate in local parades. They also compete in the annual Invitational Drill Meets hosted by OPS, UNO, Bellevue, and in the new Tri-City Meet. Team categories are Varsity, Junior Varsity, and an all Female Team.

Members of the Color Guard begin practice early in the school year and continue through the spring. Practice is after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00-3:45. Practices are adjusted according to upcoming commitments and may include practice on Saturday mornings from 7:00-9:00 am.

Flag Detail
consists of a commander, two cadets for the halyard, and six flag handlers to unfold/fold the United States Flag. The Flag Detail is charged with the responsibility to maintain the National Flag for South High School in accordance with procedures set forth by military drill, patriotic traditions, and The US Flag Code. They insure the flag properly displayed, folded, stored and maintained daily. The Flag Detail also performs the ceremonial duties for Patriots Day, 911 Ceremony, Veterans Day, and the display of the flag at half-staff when directed by the US President or Governor of Nebraska.

US Flag: The US Flag symbolizes justice, unity, and pride. When folded correctly, only the blue field is visible, and it will have the triangular shape of a cocked hat. This symbolizes the headgear worn during the Revolutionary War.
WHITE is for hope, purity, and innocence;
RED for hardiness and valor;
BLUE is for loyalty, vigilance, perseverance, and justice.
THIRTEEN STRIPES 7-red, 6-white, represent the thirteen original colonies
BLUE RECTANGLE stands for unity
THE UNION with 50 stars for 50 states represents the constellation. HALF-STAFF display represents the nation in mourning.

Saber Team consists of a commander and up to ten students. The Honor Guard forms a corridor of highly polished chrome sabers arched overhead to recognize honorees during select ceremonies. They perform during homecoming, the JROTC Spring Formal, JROTC Awards Night, the Annual Inspections, and upon request by school and civic organizations. Practice is established according to upcoming events and commitments.

Regulation Drill Teams consist of a Varsity, Junior Varsity, and an all Female Team. They perform standard facing and marching movements in accordance with the US Army's published Drill and Ceremonies Manual. They participate in local parades such as the Spirit of America Parade held in Ralston in the fall and Cinco De Maya Parade held in the spring. They also compete annually in the Invitational Drill Meets hosted by OPS, Abe Lincoln, UNO, and Bellevue. Additionally, the teams are evaluated each year during the Formal Inspection conducted by US Army Cadet Command.

Members of the Drill Team begin practice early in the school year and continue through the spring. Practice is conducted on Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:00 to 3:45 pm, and is adjusted according to upcoming commitments. As competitions dates approach addition practices are scheduled on Saturday mornings from 7:00 to 9:00 am.

Regulation Rifle Drill Team consists of a commander, three squad leaders, and six cadets. In addition to the standard military drill movements this team also focuses on the precision and execution of Infantry Rifle Drill using authentic M1903 Springfield drill rifles in their routine. The team also has the option to participate in local parades. Competitions in this category are the annual Tri-City, UNO, and Bellevue Drill Meets. Practice is conducted on Tuesdays and Thursdays, after school from 4:00 to 4:45 pm, and on Saturday mornings from 7:00 to 9:00 am.

Exhibition Drill Team consists of a commander, four squad leaders, and twelve cadets. This team is only limited by the ingenuity of its members. They develop their own routine and drill movements. The routine includes advanced drill, executing delays, circle formations, and ripple effects. This is for the student that has mastered regulation drill and is prepared to commit additional time and effort. The team has the option to participate in local parades and at school and community events. Competitions in this category are Tri-City, UNO, and Bellevue Invitational Drill Meets. Practice is conducted after school on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4:00 to 4:45 pm and on Saturday mornings from 7:00 to 9:00 am, and adjusted according to upcoming competitions.

Exhibition Rifle Drill Team consists of a commander, three squad leaders, and six cadets. This team is only limited by the ingenuity of its members. They develop their own routine and drill movements. They execute precision drill using authentic M1903 Springfield drill rifles. The routine includes advanced rifle drill, spinning the rifles, executing delays, circle formations, and ripple effects. This is for the student that has mastered regulation rifle drill and is prepared to commit additional time and effort. The team has the option to participate in local parades and at school and community events. Competitions in this category are the annual Tri-City, UNO, and Bellevue Invitational Drill Meets. Practice is conducted before school on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00 to 4:45 pm, and on Saturday mornings from 7:00 to 9:00 am, and is adjusted according to upcoming competitions.

THE HAND SALUTE is one of the most recognizable courtesies of the military. Ages ago, the salute was a greeting that indicated you were not holding a weapon in your hand. Today, it is a way to show respect.

Awards (IAW OPS JROTC SOP):
Color Guard: Ribbon (4), White Shoulder Cord (8), Metal Pocket Arch (24), and Shoulder Tab (50), Parade Ribbon (1)
Drill Team: Ribbon (1), Red Shoulder Cord (2), Metal Pocket Arch (4), and Shoulder Tab (9), Parade Ribbon (1), Exhibition Arch
Ref: Drill and Ceremonies, US Army Field Manual 22.5, Dec 1986; OPS, JROTC, SOP.

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