Sample Questions for a Drill Competition

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During a drill meet each team goes through the inspection phase where each cadet has his/her uniform inspected while being asked questions by the judge.

Basic Knowledge

  1. What does JROTC stand for? Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps
  2. (Army) What does LET stand for? Leadership, Education, and Training
  3. What is the mission of JROTC? To motivate young people to be better citizens.
  4. What is the key to success in JROTC? Teamwork
  5. What are the three levels of distinction that JROTC units can earn? Merit Unit, Honor Unit, Honor Unit with Distinction
  6. What do your awards stand for?
  7. What is the lowest officer rank?
  8. What are the three senior NCO ranks?
  9. What rank is your squad/element leader?
  10. What rank is your team commander?
  11. What are your three general orders? I will guard everything within the limits of my post and quit my post only when properly relieved. I will obey my special orders and perform all my duties in a military manner. I will report violations of my special orders, emergencies, and anything not covered in my instructions to the commander of the relief.


  1. What is the definition of leadership? The ability to influence others in order to accomplish a mission.
  2. What are the three leadership styles? Directive, Participative & Laissez-Faire
  3. What are the seven Army values? Loyalty, Duty, Respect, Selfless Service, Honor, Integrity, Personal Courage (LDRSHIP)
  4. What are the Core Values of the Air Force? Integrity first, service before self and excellence in all we do.

Drill and Ceremonies

  1. What are the two parts of a command? Preparatory Command and Command of Execution.
  2. On which foot do you call the command (To the) Rear, March? The right.
  3. What are the four rest positions? At Ease, Parade Rest, Rest and Fall Out.
  4. On which foot can you give the command of halt? Either.
  5. What is a normal cadence?
    • (Army) 116-124 steps per minute, 120 is the goal.
    • (MC, N, & CG) 112-120 steps per minute.
    • (AF) 100-120 steps per minute.
  1. What is the measurement for the toe for how high you lift your feet at Mark Time?
    • (Army, MC, N, and CG) 2”
    • (AF) 4”
  1. What is the length of a step at quick time?
    • (Army, MC, N, & CG) 30”
    • (AF) 24”
  1. What is the length of a half step at quick time?
    • (Army, MC, N, and CG) 15”
    • (AF) 12”
  1. What are the measurements for arm swing when marching at quick time?
    • (Army,) 9” to the front, 6” to the rear
    • (MC, N, CG, & AF) 6” to the front, 3” to the rear
  1. What is the name of the rifle you have?
    • M1 Garand, M14 or M1903 (replica)

Map Reading

  1. How do you read a military map? Right and Up
  2. What are the five basic colors on a military map and what do they represent?
    • Blue – Water
    • Green – Vegetation
    • Brown – Contour Lines/Elevation
    • Black – Man-made Objects
    • Red – Major Roads
  1. What are the five major terrain features on a military map? Hill, Saddle, Valley, Ridge, and Depression.
  2. What are the three types of north on a military map? True, Grid, Magnetic

First Aid

  1. Define first aid. The immediate medical care given to an injured or ill victim before professional help arrives.
  2. What are the four-lifesaving steps?
  3. Check for blocked airways and clear them.
  4. Check for bleeding.
  5. Check and treat for shock.
  6. Dress and bandage wounds

American History and Citizenship

  1. What are the three branches of the U.S. government? Executive, Legislative, and Judicial.
  2. Who wrote the Star Spangled Banner? Francis Scott Key
  3. What do the colors on the U.S. Flag represent?
    • Red – Hardiness and Valor
    • White – Purity and Innocence
    • Blue – Vigilance, Preservation, and Justice
  1. What do the 13 stripes on the American flag represent? The 13 original colonies.
  2. What do the 50 stars on the American flag represent? The 50 states of the U.S.
  3. What are the three types of American flags and which one is the largest? Storm, Post (Base), and Garrison.
  4. When looking at an American flag, hanging vertical, where is the canton (blue field)? Upper Left.
  5. Who becomes president when the president dies in office?
    • Who is next after that?
  1. Who was America’s first Drill Master? Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben

Military Customs and Courtesies

  1. What are the six staff positions found in most large military organizations and what are their roles?
    • S-1 Administrative – Adjutant
    • S-2 Information, Security, and Intelligence
    • S-3 Operations and Training
    • S-4 Logistics and Supply
    • S-5 Public Information and Civil Affairs
    • S-6 Communications & Information Technology
  1. What is the UCMJ? Uniform Code of Military Justice.
  2. What is the position of honor? The right.

Chain of Command

  1. Who is the Commander-in-Chief? President Barack H. Obama
  2. Who is the Vice President?
  3. Name a Cabinet member.
  4. Who is the Secretary of State?
  5. Who is the Secretary of Defense?
  6. Who is the Chief of Staff of (your branch of service)? – Who is the Commandant of the Marine Corps?
  7. Who is the Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff?
  8. Who is the Commanding General, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command?
  9. Who is the Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command?
  10. Who is the Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command?
  11. Who is the Command Sergeant Major, U.S. Army Cadet Command?
  12. Who is the governor of this state?
  13. Who is the principal of your school?
  14. Who are your instructor and senior instructor?
  15. Who is your drill team commander?
  16. Who is your squad (element) leader?

Specifically for the Squad/Element Leader

  1. How many team members are wearing glasses?
    • What is their location in the squad/element?
    • What are their names?
  1. How does the squad lace their shoes? (right over left, etc.) GO CHECK THEM

Specifically for the Team Commander

  1. How many team members are wearing glasses?
    • What is their location in the platoon/flight?
    • What are their names?
  1. How does the team lace their shoes? (right over left, etc.) GO CHECK THEM


Geography, Etc.

  1. What is the capitol of England (Turkey, Mexico, Canada, etc.)
  2. What is the airspeed of an unladen swallow?
    • Your reply must be, “African or European swallow?”

Be familiar with:

  1. Current world events
  2. American, state, and local news

Be ready to answer strange questions!

  • How many people on your team wear glasses?
  • How do you lace your shoes? (Right over left or vice versa)

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