NJROTC Competes at Smithson Valley High School

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On Oct. 6 The NJROTC Lonestar Company went against schools from all over the state in a competition that was held at Smithson Valley High School. They tested their discipline performing military movements, along with physical fitness and knowledge tests.


“It starts with a company inspection which is everyone in uniform being questioned by military people about military knowledge testing how well they can keep bearing and knowledge.” junior Robert Saenz said. “ After that each team goes to perform at a different time being judged my other military people.”


The Lonestar Company competes with three different types of drill teams. There is an Armed drill team that march with rifles and swords that mimic actual rifles that were once used in the military, they have a unarmed drill team that march with no weapons but still focus on the same movements as the rest, and there is a color guard drill team that march with flags and rifles.


“For color guard I put together a mixed and male color guard team.” sophomore Jackson Cole said. “The mixed did really well, we got 4th out of 15 teams and male got 7th.”


The Lonestar Company will have another competition at Southwest High School.


“There is a lot of room to grow, my expectations for my team and myself is to place top 3 at every competition.” Saenz said. ” ROTC taught me a lot of integrity, initiative, self discipline and leadership traits.”

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