The Battalion. (College Station, Tex.) 1893-current, August 23, 1956, Image 15
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COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS, THURSDAY, AUGUST 23, 1956
An outstanding honor is bestow
ed upon 50 Freshman each Fall as
the members of the Freshman Drill
Team are chosen from as many as
All ROTC Freshman—both army
and air force—are eligible to com
pete for membership, according to
Sgt. M. T. Wilson, sponsor, in the
tryouts which are held the latter
part of September or first of
The original amount of appli
cants are then singled down to 100
men—at which time the hard
Within three days fifty cadets
are thgn chosen on military bear
ing, general sharpness, appearance
and tact. The 42 regular members
and eight alternates are chosen
after six weeks of observance by
Sgt. Wilson. The alternates always
have a chance to make the regular
A team commander, right guide
and guidon bearer are chosen to
lead the group.
Last semester the Drillers appear
ed at Galveston Splash Day festivi
ties, Houston Armed Forces Day
parade, Fiesta Flambeau in San
Antonio, which is also known as
the Battle of the Flowers.
The Team members were sched
uled to appear at the Cherry Blos
som meet in Washington D. C. and
at Purdue University in Indiana
but bad weather in those areas
ruled out the trips.
Competeing in the Area H Drill
Meet with schools from Kansas,
Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and
New Mexico last .spring, found the
Freshman Drill Team placing sec
ond. A formal banquet is held fol
lowing this annual meet at the
school which sponsors it.
The Team usually performs at
least five times during the year.
Participation at campus activities
includes a five minute drill at the
end of pass-bys and occasionally
at the Final Review.
Dress consists of Class A uni
form with white helmet liner, leg
gings, gloves and scarves.
All transportation, whether bus
or plane, to out of town meets is
furnished by the Air Force and
when meets require over - night
stays, quarters are furnished at
Air Force installations.
“We have been assured of several
trips for the Fall and Spring
semesters,” said Wilson.
The ’56-’57 team members will
be chosen this Fall by Sgt. Wilson,
Col. Henry Dittman, Lt. Col.
William J. Hall, M/Sgt. D. D.
Christensen and M/Sgt. Thomas H.
“When the team appears out of
town, they are given excused
absences,” says Sgt. Wilson, “and
always, with an opportunity to
make them up.”
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