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					                                                          14 November 2007

From:     Drill Team Commander, Vanderbilt University, NROTC
To:       Unit Commanders

Subj:     DRILL MEET SOP FOR VANDERBILT INVITATIONAL DRILL
          COMPETITION

Encl:   (1)   Standard Operating Procedures for Drill Meet
        (2)   Color Guard Competition Score Sheet
        (3)   Basic Score Sheet
        (4)   First Year Score Sheet
        (5)   Platoon Exhibition Score Sheet
        (6)   Individual/Dual Exhibition Score Sheet

1.   Site: Lot 74 parking lot, Vanderbilt University Campus (see
map)

     Date: Saturday, 29 March 2008

2.   Schedule: 0745 - 0845                Registration
               0845 - 0900                Meeting with Drill Team
                                              CDRs
                  0900 - 1500             Competition
                  1715 - 1800             Awards, Closing Remarks

NOTE:   Events  and   competitions   may   commence  before              the
scheduled times if the meet is running ahead of schedule.

Events:        Platoon Inspection
               Basic Drill
               First Year Drill
               Platoon Exhibition
               Individual Exhibition
               Dual Exhibition
               Knockout
               Color Guard
               Athletic Competition


* The various       events   will   run    concurrently    to   the   extent
possible.

                       MIDN 3/C Joseph E. Bush
                       MIDN 3/C Matthew L. Fillmore
                       Vanderbilt NROTC Drill Team Commanders
All drill cards and scoring sheets are subject to the rules and
guidelines stated in each service’s respective drill manual.

Marine Corps drill manual links:

http://www.usnavy.vt.edu/CurrentStudents/Battalion/Marine%20Corp
s%20Drill%20Manual.pdf

http://www.ncsu.edu/navy_rotc/MCOP5060.20_1.pdf




                               SOP

I.   GENERAL INFORMATION.

     1. Registration will begin at 0745 Saturday, 29 Mar 08 in
the parking lot where the drill meet is to be held.

     2. Dressing areas will be provided in two lawn tents (one
for males and one for females) on the site of the drill meet as
well as at the VUNROTC Unit from 0730 to 0900 if necessary.
Units can change on activity buses.

    3. The judges will consist of members of the Vanderbilt
NROTC Drill Team. All decisions made by the judges are final.
Video recordings may not be used to dispute a score given by a
judge. In the case of a tie, the judgment of the senior judge
will be used as a tie breaker.

     4. The purpose of the meeting with the Drill Team
Commanders before commencement of events is to resolve any and
all questions concerning the drill meet. All questions should
be asked at this time. Students and faculty are both encouraged
to attend the meeting. Each school will be assigned an
escort/guide from NROTC Vanderbilt at the meeting.

     5. The minimum number of personnel for the platoon events
is ten. (Platoon exhibition will have a minimum of nine) This
includes the Drill Commander. Guides are not mandatory. First
year drill entries may march with a minimum of seven.

     6. In the event of inclement weather, the meet will be
held either:   outside as planned (light/intermittent rain), or
at an indoor facility in the area if arrangements can be made.
If the weather is questionable the morning of the event, units
can call the CDO at (615) 945-6561 after 0700 to obtain
information regarding the meet.

     7. Concessions such as hot-dogs, hamburgers, pizza, chips,
candy bars, water, and soda will be available for purchase at
the drill meet. No other concessions are permitted to be sold by
individuals or the respective JROTC Units at the drill meet. T-
Shirts and other memorabilia will be sold as well.

     8. Finally, it is expected that all teams will maintain
proper military bearing at all times. Military courtesies will
be observed towards all officers, enlisted, midshipmen, and
other cadets. Any transgressions could result in a point
penalty against the team's score. If flagrant, team
disqualification will result. Also, general courteous behavior
will be expected of all participants. No horseplay will be
tolerated during any point of the competition.

     9. Only government issued service or dress uniforms will be
permitted. Uniforms should reflect the standards and regulations
set forth by their respective service branches. ―Spirit
uniforms‖ will not be permitted.

     10. A school must declare one drill manual that they will
use for the entire duration of the competition.

II.   PLATOON INSPECTION

     1. The inspection portion will take place just prior to
the team’s participation in the basic drill. If a team is not
entered in the basic drill, the inspection will occur prior to
their first platoon drill segment (exhibition or 1st year).
Personnel not in the platoon for the following drill segment
will be excused after the inspection and the team given time to
re-form. All members of a school’s team will participate in the
inspection.

     2. Regardless of number, all entries for basic, exhibition,
1st year, and color guard from the same school will be inspected
at the same time.

     3. Inspection emphasis will be placed on appearance, limited
general military knowledge (current events, chain of command, rank
structure, etc.), military bearing and confidence. The inspection
will be unarmed. Those being inspected are expected to follow the
formalities of inspection, including a proper greeting upon start
of personal inspection.
     4. After the command is given for the Unit Commander to
form his/her unit for inspection, he/she will do so (giving an
"open ranks march" command followed by a "ready front" command
after the unit has been dressed). Upon the arrival of the
inspecting officer, the commander will salute and report his/her
unit ready for inspection. He/she will then lead the inspecting
officer through the inspection. Differences in service drill
procedures will be taken into consideration while forming the
platoon inspection.


III. BASIC DRILL

     1. For drill events, the drill cards are supplied online
and must be used in order to compete. This has been done to
allow uniformity in grading. If there are any questions
concerned the drill card, consult the contacts online or the
Marine Corps drill manual (hyperlink at beginning of SOP). To
clarify any last minute questions he/she may have, the Drill
Commander should report to the senior judge prior to marching
the unit onto the drill deck. At this time, the unit commander
must tell the head judge which drill manual he/she will be
following; otherwise, the unit will be graded by the Marine
Corps drill manual.

     2. Forming the units for Basic/First Year Drill: At the
scheduled time the Unit Commander will command his/her platoon
to fallout and wait in the area just outside of the drill area.
The Unit Commander will enter the drill area and after any
preliminary instructions from the evaluator, will take a
position in the drill area, and command his/her platoon to fall
in. On this command, evaluation of the platoon will commence.
The platoon may not march on to the drill deck. They must
execute a proper Fall In procedure after receiving the command
from their Unit Leader. The proper method for reporting in is
to salute and say, "Sir/Ma'am, (team name) is formed for drill."
There is no specified entry point onto the drill deck.

     3. A team may not use any more than its allotted 10 minutes
to report in and complete the drill sequence. There will be a
penalty of 10 points for any team that exceeds the time limit.

     4. The drill deck will be marked by tape on the deck.
Boundaries (40yd X 40yd) are to be observed.
     5. Members must be armed for all events.   No bayonets
are allowed.

     6. Commanders must follow the sequence of movements on the
card. Any deviation will result in a zero for the movement.
The senior judge will inform the drill commander when to proceed
to the next movement during the halted portion. Any extra
commands will result in a 2 point deduction. If a commander
needs to make an extra command in order to stay within the
confines of the drill deck they may do so, however, the unit
commander must raise his/her left hand before doing so. Only two
extra movements will be allowed; any more will result in
deduction of points. Drill deck boundaries will be marked with
tape.

     8.   All teams should be present and ready to go five
minutes before the start of each event. There will be a penalty
of 20 points for unexcused tardiness.

     9. First year drill teams must be comprised of first year
cadets only. The commanders for first year teams must be first
year cadets themselves. A drill card for first year drill is now
online, and must be used in order to compete. This event can
include either platoon or squad units.

     10. In the case of multiple entries from a single school,
each entry must be lead by a different commander.

     11. Marching Manual for the Basic Drill Card will be
executed as follows: Right to Port, Port to Left, and Left to
Right.




IV. EXHIBITION

    1.   A minimum of nine personnel is required for platoon
         exhibition.
         This is including the Unit leader.

    2.   All competitors must be armed.

    3.   No bayonets or other props are allowed.

    4.   Time limits are as follows:
          (a) Platoon Exhibition - 5 to 7 min.
          (b) Individual Exhibition - 2 min.
          (c) Dual Exhibition – 3 min.

    5.   Boundaries are as follows:

          (a) Platoon - 40 yds. by 40 yds.
          (b) Individual - 5 yds. by 5 yds.
          (c) Dual – 5 yds. by 5 yds.

(If half or more of a platoon crosses the boundary line, or, if
in the opinion of a judge, the Drill Commander loses control of
the unit, 2 points will be deducted for boundary violations.)

     6. A platoon may maintain cadence and precision only by
its own tempo and/or voice commands.

     7. Reporting in - For all events the proper form for
reporting in will be the same as specified earlier.

     8.     Because of the nature of exhibition drill, judging
will be highly subjective. Grading will be based on precision,
difficulty, general effect, originality, and unit commander
(platoon exhibition only).


V. KNOCKOUT

     1. All orders and movements will be based on commands from
the Basic Drill Card.

     2. All competitors will be armed and given one hit. It is
the competitor's responsibility to remove him/herself from the
competition once they make a mistake if a judge does not notice
it.

     3. This event will be held on the parking lot after all
other graded events.

NOTE: We consider this a "fun" event due to the usually large
number of competitors and subjectivity involved. Please stress
this to those entering.

VI. COLOR GUARD

    1.   A Color Guard will consist of four members:   two color
bearers (National and unit flag) and two rifle bearers. Members
may be of any rank or rate and may be used in any position.
However, National color bearer will give commands.

     2.   Drill deck for the competition will be 25 yards by 25
yards.

    3. There is a drill card for this event online, and must be
used in order to compete. However, points will be lost for
teams ―making up‖ executions of movements that are clearly
explained in the drill manual.

     4. Color Guards will form up outside of the drill deck.
The Color Guard will present arms then request permission to
enter the Drill deck. Example: ―Ma’am/Sir (School name) (color
Guard Team 1,2, etc…) requests permission to enter the drill
deck.‖ They will then go to carry and march onto the drill deck.

     5. Commands must be given in the order presented on the
drill card. However, the commander may give two extra orders to
allow the color guard to remain within the boundaries. Also,
commands given to reach certain positions to execute listed
commands are legal (example: carry colors to execute present
colors.) Judges have the final word on any extra movements.
Color Guard leader must wait for the judge to say “up” before
continuing to the next graded movement during the halted portion
of the evaluation.

     6. In the case of multiple entries from a single school,
each entry must be lead by a different commander.

     7. Windy conditions, if present, will be taken into
account concerning the grading of the Color Guard.

VII. ATHLETIC COMPETITION

     1. The athletic competition will consist of curl-ups (i.e.
sit-ups), push-ups, and a 4 x 400 yd relay. Each team for the
push-up, curl-up, and 4 x 400 yard relay events will consist of
four cadets (at least one female per team). The same four cadets
will participate in all three events.

     2. The curl-up/push-up competitors will be required to
complete as many repetitions as possible for each in 2 minutes.
In order for a repetition to count, it must be executed
correctly according to regulations. Immediately before the
competition, a demonstration of a correct curl-up and a correct
push-up will be performed by a VUNROTC Midshipman.

     A correct curl up is as follows. One repetition
constitutes a competitor crossing his arms over his chest with
each hand resting on the opposite shoulder and elevating himself
until his elbows (which are flat against his midsection) make
contact with his thighs. The competitor must then lower himself
until at least the base of his shoulder blades touch the deck.
The cadet’s butt must remain on the ground at all times.

      3. A correct push-up will be as follows. Competitors will
assume forward leaning rest position with their hands directly
below their shoulders. They will then lower themselves until
their upper arms are parallel to the deck. They will complete as
many repetitions as possible in 2 minutes.

     4. The push-up and curl-up competitions are designed to
emulate the Navy’s Physical Fitness Assessment. Push-up
competitors may only rest in the up position, while curl-up
competitors may rest in either the up or down position.

     5. The competitors for the 4x400yd relay will each be
required to complete one lap around a 400yd course and pass on
the baton to their partner who will then do the same. Time of
completion will be recorded and used to determine the winners.


VIII. AWARDS

     1.   First, second and third place awards will be given in
          every event.

     2.   There will be a trophy awarded to the highest overall
          scoring school of each branch of service—Navy, Marine
          Corps, Army, and Air Force.

     3.   The top three schools overall will receive awards.
          Teams will only receive credit for their highest placed
          team in each event for overall score.

     4.   There will be a spirit award given to the school that
          demonstrated the most enthusiasm throughout the day.

The following percentages will be used to determine overall
scores: Please notice the changes from last year

  Inspection             30%
  Basic Drill            30%
  First Year Drill       20%
  Color Guard            20%


If a school elects not to participate in any event, their score
for that event will be ZERO. The Athletic Competition,
Individual Exhibition, Dual Exhibition, Platoon Exhibition, and
Knockout do not count towards a school’s overall score. There
will be individual awards for the Athletic Competition,
Individual Exhibition, Dual Exhibition, Platoon Exhibition and
Knockout.

In the event of a tie, the overall inspection score will settle
the winner.

IX. LOCAL INFORMATION

    Comfort Inn -- Music Row/Demonbreun Street
    Telephone: (615) 255-9977
    Close to Vanderbilt

    Holiday Inn -- Vanderbilt/West End Avenue
    Telephone: (615) 327-4707
    Adjacent to Vanderbilt

    Quality Inn -- 1407 Division Street
    Telephone: (615) 242-1631
    Close to Vanderbilt

    Hampton Inn -- 1919 West End Avenue
    Telephone: (615) 329-1144
    Close to Vanderbilt

    Days Inn -- 1800 West End Avenue
    Telephone: (800) 325-2525, (615) 327-0922
    Close to Vanderbilt

X. Deadlines and Refund Policy

     1. The deadline for submission of entry to the VUNROTC
Drill meet shall be 1 February 2008. Any entry postmarked later
than this date will not be valid.

     2. A full refund shall be issued to the respective JROTC
Unit for any reason until 1 March 2008. A 50% refund of the
total entry fees the unit paid shall be issued to those units
canceling between 2 March and 15 March. All cancellations after
that and before the drill meet will be given a 25% refund of all
entry fees the unit paid. If a JROTC unit is in the Drill
Competition Matrix and does not attend on 29 March 2008, no
refund will be issued.

     3. (Space for Captain Clark’s suggestion of clause
pertaining to inclement weather refunds.)



***** If there are any questions concerning this SOP,
E-MAIL Midshipman 3rd Class Bush at joseph.e.bush@vanderbilt.edu
                     or
                   rd
       Midshipman 3 Class Fillmore at
       matthew.l.fillmore@vanderbilt.edu
                     or
       FAX at (615)343-2555. We hope that your visit to The Music
       City and Vanderbilt is enjoyable.



                   Vanderbilt University Drill Meet
                 Color Guard Competition Score Sheet


School/Unit:

Overall Appearance      5    4   3   2   1   0

  1. Present Color (Request permission to enter drill deck.)
  2. Carry Color
  GRADING BEGINS
  3. Forward March       5   4   3   2   1   0
  4. Left Turn           5   4   3   2   1   0
  5. Color Halt          5   4   3   2   1   0
  6. Order Color         5   4   3   2   1   0
  7. Present Color       5   4   3   2   1   0
     (Sir/Ma’am (school name, color guard team) formed for
     drill.)
  8. Order Color         5   4   3   2   1   0
  9. Parade Rest         5   4   3   2   1   0
  10. Color Attention       5   4   3   2   1   0
  11. Carry Color           5   4   3   2   1   0
  12. Counter March         5   4   3   2   1   0
  13. Right Turn            5   4   3   2   1   0
  14. Counter March         5   4   3   2   1   0
  15. Eyes Left             5   4   3   2   1   0
  16. Ready Front           5   4   3   2   1   0
  17. Counter March         5   4   3   2   1   0
  18. Eyes Right            5   4   3   2   1   0
  19. Ready Front           5   4   3   2   1   0
  20. Color Halt            5   4   3   2   1   0
  GRADING ENDS
  21.Present Color (Request permission to depart the drill
       deck.)


      Deductions (pts.):

                   Total:



                   Vanderbilt University Drill Meet
                        Basic Drill Score Sheet

1)    Form Platoon                                  5   4   3   2   1   0
2)    Inspection Arms                               5   4   3   2   1   0
3)    Order Arms                                    5   4   3   2   1   0
4)    Left Face                                     5   4   3   2   1   0
5)    Right Face                                    5   4   3   2   1   0
6)    About Face (repeat)                           5   4   3   2   1   0
7)    Port Arms                                     5   4   3   2   1   0
8)    Right Shoulder Arms                           5   4   3   2   1   0
9)    Port Arms                                     5   4   3   2   1   0
10)   Left Shoulder Arms                            5   4   3   2   1   0
11)   Port Arms                                     5   4   3   2   1   0
12)   Order Arms                                    5   4   3   2   1   0
13)   Parade Rest                                   5   4   3   2   1   0
14)   Attention                                     5   4   3   2   1   0
15)   Present Arms                                  5   4   3   2   1   0
16)   Order Arms                                    5   4   3   2   1   0
17)   Form for Inspection                     5    4   3   2   1   0
18)   Close Ranks                             5    4   3   2   1   0
19)   Right Face                              5    4   3   2   1   0
20)   Close March (Column Halted)             5    4   3   2   1   0
21)   Right Shoulder Arms                     5    4   3   2   1   0
22)   Column Right from the Halt              5    4   3   2   1   0
23)   Extend while Marching                   5    4   3   2   1   0
24)   Column Right                            5    4   3   2   1   0
25)   Right Flank/ Return to Column           5    4   3   2   1   0
26)   Column Right                            5    4   3   2   1   0
27)   Right Oblique                           5    4   3   2   1   0
28)   Platoon Halt                            5    4   3   2   1   0
29)   Forward March                           5    4   3   2   1   0
30)   Marching Manual                         5    4   3   2   1   0
31)   Column Half Right (Repeat)              5    4   3   2   1   0
32)   To the Rear (Repeat)                    5    4   3   2   1   0
33)   Mark Time                               5    4   3   2   1   0
34)   Platoon Halt                            5    4   3   2   1   0
35)   Forward March                           5    4   3   2   1   0
36)   Eyes Right, Ready Front                 5    4   3   2   1   0
37)   Mark Time                               5    4   3   2   1   0
38)   Platoon Halt                            5    4   3   2   1   0
39)   Dismiss the Platoon                     5    4   3   2   1   0

                               Deductions (Pts):
                                          Total:



                  Vanderbilt University Drill Meet
                       First Year Score Sheet


School/Unit:

1)    Form Platoon                            5    4   3   2   1   0
2)    Inspection Arms                         5    4   3   2   1   0
3)    Order Arms                              5    4   3   2   1   0
4)    Left Face                               5    4   3   2   1   0
5)    Right Face                              5    4   3   2   1   0
6)    About Face (repeat)                     5    4   3   2   1   0
7)    At Ease                                 5    4   3   2   1   0
8)    Attention                               5    4   3   2   1   0
9)    Rifle Salute                            5    4   3   2   1   0
10)   Ready Two                               5    4   3   2   1   0
11)   Side Step (Left/Right)                  5    4   3   2   1   0
12)   Port Arms                               5    4   3   2   1   0
13)   Order Arms                            5    4   3   2    1   0
14)   Present Arms                          5    4   3   2    1   0
15)   Order Arms                            5    4   3   2    1   0
16)   Right Face                            5    4   3   2    1   0
17)   Right Shoulder Arms                   5    4   3   2    1   0
18)   Forward March                         5    4   3   2    1   0
19)   Column Right                          5    4   3   2    1   0
20)   Left Oblique                          5    4   3   2    1   0
21)   Forward March                         5    4   3   2    1   0
22)   Column Right                          5    4   3   2    1   0
23)   Right Flank March                     5    4   3   2    1   0
24)   Left Flank March                      5    4   3   2    1   0
25)   Column Right                          5    4   3   2    1   0
26)   To the Rear (Repeat)                  5    4   3   2    1   0
27)   Column Half Right (Repeat)            5    4   3   2    1   0
28)   Mark Time                             5    4   3   2    1   0
29)   Platoon Halt                          5    4   3   2    1   0
30)   Forward March                         5    4   3   2    1   0
31)   Eyes Right, Ready Front               5    4   3   2    1   0
32)   Platoon Halt                          5    4   3   2    1   0
33)   Order Arms                            5    4   3   2    1   0
34)   Left Face                             5    4   3   2    1   0
35)   Fall out                              5    4   3   2    1   0

                        Deductions (Pts):
                                   Total:



                  Vanderbilt University Drill Meet
                   Platoon Exhibition Score Sheet


School/Unit:

                                     Possible Points         Points Earned

Originality                                 20

Difficulty                                  20

Precision                                   20

Commander                                   20

Bearing                                     20
                         Deductions (Pts):
                              Total Score:




                  Vanderbilt University Drill Meet
               Individual/Dual Exhibition Score Sheet


School/Unit:

Name of Competitor:

                                    Possible Points     Points Earned

Originality                                  25

Difficulty                                   25

Precision                                    25

Bearing                                      25


                                    Deductions (Pts):
                                         Total Score:________




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