JROTC drill and rifle meet set for Saturday

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WALLA WALLA -- The Blue Devil cadet battalion will host a JROTC drill and rifle meet Saturday at Walla Walla High School.

Cadets from Army, Navy, Marine and Air Force Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps units will participate in the Cascade Mountains League Drill and Rifle Competition. Teams decked out in their full-color, service dress uniforms from 11 schools from Eastern Washington and Oregon will go head-to-head in unarmed drill, armed drill and color guard categories. The event also features physical fitness and rifle marksmanship competition.

This meet will be the first time the public will get to see the new electronic target scoring system in use that the JROTC department installed last summer. In the past, observers would watch the shooters on the firing line and then waited for scoring information after each marksmanship rotation was over and paper targets checked. With the new system, attendees will be able to watch in real time, right along with the competitors in precision and sporter levels, on a 60-inch screen, as each trigger squeeze of the .177 caliber air rifles

JROTC cadets from all the military services learn a broad range of subjects including military history, leadership, precision drill and ceremony skills, and marksmanship. The Wa-Hi "Blue Devil" cadets invite the community to come out beginning at 8 a.m., and observe this all-day event in the main gymnasium. The competition is open to the public, there is no charge to attend and parking is free.

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