Written by Abby Wilson
This past Saturday, October 24th, our very own NJROTC unit’s Color Guard, Unarmed Drill team, Armed Drill team, Academic team, and our SEALS, also known as our athletics team, had their very first competition. We traveled up to Luella High School to compete against 15 other NJROTC units. There were supposed to be 16, however, one did not show up.
So what exactly do these teams do? Well, our Color Guard team consists of the people you always see at the football games: the ones holding the flags while the Star Spangled Banner is played by the band. We move the flags around and present the colors (or flags) for the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem at the beginning of sports games, meetings, and more.
Our Unarmed Drill team does basic marching that moves the group of cadets around in a military or organized fashion. Unarmed Basic has a card with the moves they must follow, however Exhibition is where they have the freedom to show what they can do.
As for our Armed Drill team, it is almost the exact same, except that they are given rifles and they do some different movements than the unarmed team. Basic and Exhibition for both drill teams are the same.
Our Academics team is the team that learns many things that ranges from military information, like the ranks of an enlisted or an officer, to general or common knowledge.
And lastly, our Athletics team compete different portions. They are push-ups, sit-ups, and 2 separate runs, which are a 16×100 and a 8×200, to determine which unit’s athletics team is the better physical unit at the time. The 16×100 means that there are 16 people in the run, and they run 100 meters. As for the 8×220, there are 8 people that run 220 meters.
As far as our placings go, we only got five trophies. But that isn’t the worst ever. We did better than the competition from last year, according to Captain Schuette. We placed 2nd in the 16×100 run, 3rd in the 8×220 run, and 5th in the curl-ups. Overall, the Academics team placed 4th out of 15 NJROTC units. And the SEALS also placed 4th out of the 15 units.