Thursday, March 11, 2010

Honor & Glory

It's not all books and PT here at Fort Meade. For certain motivated students, drill is the chance to learn one of the most recognized military traditions around. Currently headed by Seaman Devin Wray, the drill team competes against the other branches on Warrior Day.

This epic event is held twice a year and consists of several tests of strength, agility, and teamwork. It reaches its climax during the drill phase. So far the Air Force holds the crown in this area.

Not this year.

Allan watches as Wray gives Hernandez instructions.

Yesterday, the team practiced on the grinder just outside of our detachment. (barracks) Allan, King, Senior members Levin and Steinberg paired up with newbies to give them one-on-one help.

Students learn things like proper rifle butt distance from the foot.

It takes a lot of dedication to be on the drill time. They practice twice a week for about 45 minutes. This may not seem like much, but add that to homework, duty musters, and early morning PT.

McCormack gets used to the weight of the rifle (15 lbs!) as Levin observes.

Wray gathers his troops for a final feedback session.

Go Navy!!!

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