Bulldog Drill Meet enters its 5th year at The Citadel
Junior ROTC students from seven South Carolina high schools and one from Wisconsin will meet on The Citadel campus on Saturday, Oct. 22, to compete for top honors in the 5th annual Bulldog Drill Meet.
The competition, which began in 2006, is hosted by The Citadel Rifle Legion Drill Team. Founded in 1990, the Rifle Legion has judged Junior ROTC drill meets across North and South Carolina and has performed as a color guard. The team competes regularly and attends the annual national ROTC drill competition at Tulane University in New Orleans.
The mission of The Citadel Rifle Legion Drill Team is to provide the South Carolina Corps of Cadets, the state of South Carolina and surrounding communities with precision drill expertise while representing the college through espirit de corps, exhibition and regulation drill, parades and sporting events. Community service is an integral part of membership.
Lowcountry high schools expected to compete include Burke, Wando, Berkeley, Hanahan and Fort Dorchester. From Columbia, S.C., are A.C. Flora and Irmo high schools. Lastly, St. John’s Northwestern Military Academy from Delafield, Wisc., is expected to compete.
Teams will participate in 14 different events with and without rifles, including exhibition drill, regulation drill and color guard. The top three schools participating in each event will receive trophies and the three teams with the most points at the end of the drill meet will receive top overall trophies. Medals will be awarded to the top five cadets in the armed and unarmed Knockout Drill.
The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Summerall Field and is free to the public. In the event of bad weather, the competition will be moved inside McAlister Field House and Deas Hall.