The Florida Air Academy (FAA) AFJROTC Department and the DrillMaster teamed up to create the first annual FAA Joint Service Drill Competition and on March 25, 2014 the competition was in full swing. Schools from Brevard County and even Martin County (their first ever competition!) came to march, have a free lunch (which was just wonderful) and compete for guidon streamers, overall trophies and, get ready for this, CASH prizes!
Not only was this the first drill meet hosted by FAA, the first competition for Martin County High School, but there was another first as well: FAA decided to use the World Drill Association (WDA) Adjudication system. This is the first time the WDA system has been used at the JROTC level. It has been used as the basis for many independent drill competitions across America and now, the JROTC drill world has had it’s introduction into the only adjudication system that is based on visual judging and has score range descriptions- which means that scores actually mean something and are not just a random number. We believe it is only a matter of time until more teams/schools will want this educational judging system for their competitions. For more information on the WDA, click here and click here and here for information on the 2 WDA adjudication books.
Judging was handled by Army recruiters and a police officer from West Melbourne. Yes, a police officer! She retired from the Army in ’09 and was thrilled to be asked to judge. We were happy to have our local Army recruiters and our very own police officer.
Plans are underway to create a bigger and better competition for next year- including creating and independent category for Drillers who are not affiliated with a school to come and compete. If you are interested in competing or judging, let me know by clicking here to contact me.
Eau Gallie High School
Overall 1st Place = $500.00
1st Place Unarmed Inspection = $100.00
1st Place Unarmed Regulation Drill = $100.00
1st Place Color Guard = $100.00
Martin County High School
Overall 2nd Place = $250.00
2nd Place Unarmed Inspection $50.00
2nd Place Unarmed Regulation Drill = $50.00
2nd Place Color Guard = $50.00
Cocoa Beach High School
3rd Place Overall = $100.00
3rd Place Unarmed Inspection = $25.00
2nd Place Unarmed Squad = $50.00
3rd Place Unarmed Squad = $25.00
3rd Place Color Guard = $25.00
Astronaut High School
1st Place Armed Inspection = $100.00
1st Place Armed Regulation = $100.00
1st Place Armed Exhibition Squad = $100.00
1st Place Unarmed Squad = $100.00
1st Place Armed Regulation Squad =$100.00
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