As an Air Force cadet corps, our unit participates in various challenging and enjoyable activities and competitions. One in particular that Rocklin/Whitney High School is known for is Drill Competitions. Held in high regard are our strategies from distinctive drilling and preparation to team building and bonding. Our theory is the team is as strong as its weakest member therefore the team aids one another and progresses and becomes stronger as one.
In preparation for Drill Competition twice a year we endure rigorous training with a Color Guard, Armed and Unarmed team. Three months prior to the competition we begin practice which includes dignified drilling, physical training and Midnight Madness. Throughout practice appointed Drill Team Commanders teach their teams their Regulation and Exhibition routines as well as a random inspection. Along with drilling we do P.T., which includes hundreds of pushups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, leg-lifts, mountain-climbers, running etc. All the while we have our former ASI Master Sergeant Romero screaming "pain is weakness leaving the body," as a way to unify our entire team as one and help each other to accomplish our main goal of being the best that we can be. All of this is in preparation for a long held tradition called Midnight Madness. Where we show Sergeant Wilkinson, A.K.A Diablo and Master Sergeant Romero what we've been working on for the past three months. We go through all three phases of the competitions: inspection, regulation and exhibition. The kind of inspection that Diablo and Sergeant Romero gives us is an in-your-face, hardcore inspection, where we just get ripped apart. This is prepare you us with the discipline we need to excel in a Drill Competition, JROTC and life in general. Therefore the preparation for a Drill Competition consists of perfecting Drill maneuvers, intense physical training and Midnight Madness.
However, not all preparation for a Drill Competition is hardcore...