US Military Service Drill and Ceremonies Manuals

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  US Military Service Drill and Ceremonies Manuals These are the manuals you need to know front-to-back, back-to-front, inside and out. While some may think this information boring, as someone affiliated with a marching program (cadet, military member, first responder, etc.), these manuals are the foundation of what you do and it is a MUST that you read your service’s …

The Cadet Series: American Military Cadets

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A little-known program, but quickly gaining more and more exposure, is the American Military Cadet Corps (AMCC). It is just like US Navy Sea Cadets or Civil Air Patrol, but for the Army and like Sea Cadets, USAC offers hands-on real-world training just like Soldiers get. Pardon the expression but, USAC is Army JROTC on steroids. Strength and Honor! This motto …

All about “Color Guard” and “Color Team”

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I received this question: How and why does a military color guard and marching band color guard differ? My answer: This is a great question and one that I’ve dealt with for several years since I have been a judge for marching bands, winter guards and military drill teams/color guards. So here is a detailed explanation and a little history. …

Learning by “Word of Mouth”

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This year’s seniors were taught by last year’s seniors who were taught by the previous year’s seniors, etc., etc., etc. This is common in high schools across the country- unfortunately. No one reads the manual and the idea creeps in that we do it this way, meaning that at our school, we do “XYZ” like this. Where “XYZ” could be …

The Coast Guard’s Junior Leadership Program

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The USCG has a JROTC-like program called the Junior Leadership Program. Here is their recruiting video: [embedplusvideo height=”360″ width=”591″ standard=”″ vars=”ytid=UdNHhtTQZ6U&width=591&height=360&start=&stop=&rs=w&hd=0&autoplay=0&react=1&chapters=&notes=” id=”ep9937″ /]

What are the JROTC Standards for Earning a Color Guard Shoulder Cord?

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That is up to your unit. As with many JROTC awards and devices that students are eligible to wear on their uniform. That is why some JROTC cadets look like they can hardly hold up their uniform since it is so weighted down by awards while others wear just a few awards. It all depends on what the JROTC instructors …

Drill Team Training: Ripple Lines

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Drill team training: Ripple lines (not dominoes, they fall once and that’s it) can be fun and exciting during a drill team’s routine. However… Please use imagination during the design process! Here are some tips for a ripple line, armed or unarmed. What is a ripple? For military drill purposes, it is an action that begins at one point and …

Kentucky’s Junior Guard Program

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If you are a member of the military drill world then you have most likely heard of JROTC (Junior Reserve Officer Training Program) which is in hundreds of high schools across the nation; ROTC, the senior program that is in hundreds of colleges and universities, is the senior partner. Each branch of the military has an ROTC program: Army, Marines, …