Joining the drill team was probably one of the best choices that I made during my first semester. I really wanted to learn how to march well, and since I would have to learn eventually, I joined drill team to put me a step ahead of my peers. As it turns out, my proficiency in marching has been evident during Initital Military Training (IMT) time when first year cadets learn marching. I am able to help other cadets and stand out as a leader in my class.
Drill team has given me the opportunity to attend KU football and basketball games and present the colors during the national anthem. I was able to watch the KU vs MU football game on the sideline at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City. I got to be part of a drill competition in New Orleans where the nine of us that went on the trip now share a bond with each other as well as a part in the rebirth of what we hope will become a Det 280 tradition. So has it been worth an hour per week of practicing basic marching? Absolutely!