April 1, 2016
The reserved officer training command or ROTC for short has two clubs inside them: Drill team and Rifle Team. Each of these teams have their own unique way of doing things that make them stand out.
“I love the fact that we have different kinds of clubs and teams, so that everyone can find a group where they are comfortable,”administrator Christi Osborne said.
The ROTC drill team has 12 members, not including the guidon and chief Eric Geter, who leads them.
photo by Brandan Harris
They practice year long on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Bus lot area, marching with rifles and working on their posture while marching. The drill team has an annual military inspection near the Freshman Center during the second semester.
“Basically they are precisioned marches with the rifles and we have an unarmed exhibition team which is like a drill step team,” Geter said.
The ROTC rifle team is about marksmanship and putting a bulls-eye on a target. There is also a high school rifle team that’s separate from ROTC, but does similar things. They compete between October and January. Rifle team practices in an air rifle range underneath the ROTC building. The team’s competitions involve shooting pellet guns from three positions (lying down, on one knee, and standing up) at a distance of 10 meters (32.8 feet), and aiming for 10 targets. They are ranked based on their shooting accuracy.
“Next year I’ll be the team captain,” junior Kyle Snay said. “It’s given me a sense of leadership and also allows me to hone my skills as a team member and as a solo shooter for the team.”