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Citadel News Service
6 Nov 2009

Bulldog Drill Meet enters its third year at The Citadel

Junior ROTC students from across North and South Carolina will converge on The Citadel campus on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2009, to compete for top honors in the annual Bulldog Drill Meet.

The Bulldog Drill Meet began in 2006 and is hosted by nationally ranked 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, La.

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. Rifle Legion members work with schools as competition judges and mentors.

This year 14 high schools from the region are expected to compete in the Bulldog Drill Meet. Active duty personnel from the Navy, Marine Corps and U.S. Coast Guard will serve as judges. High schools expected to compete include Cape Fear (NC), Ashley Ridge, Irmo, Dutch Fork, Wando, Oak Ridge Military Academy (NC), Bluffton, James Island, Carolina Forest, Easley, Burke, Military Magnet and Myrtle Beach.

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 drill meet will receive top overall trophies. The top cadet in the annual Knockout Drill will receive a medal for being the best drilled student.

The Bulldog Drill Meet will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 on Summerall Field. In the event of bad weather, the competitions will be moved inside McAlister Field House and Deas Hall.

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