LRHS JROTC cadets practice drill

Faith Miller – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – Last Thursday the four LRHS Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) companies in the LRHS Mustang Battalion faced off to see who would take the Precision Platoon win.

Across the four companies, seven platoon teams competed to meet the mark.

Precision Platoon is an annual drill competition involving platoon leadership and the marching of cadets. The Battalion Commander and the Battalion Command Sergeant Major both appeared to grade each platoon.

As the top two leaders in the command group graded, they paid attention to the volume of the commands called, and they marked every error off of the 73-point total. The platoon with the fewest mistakes, Delta company’s second platoon, ended up winning the competition.

Senior Battalion Commander Samantha Rees said, “Grading was a very fun and competitive experience. We actually received a few bribes… It was a very close competition overall, and I am so grateful to have such a dedicated set of platoons in my battalion.”  

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The winning platoon of the competition will go on to represent the LRHS Mustang Battalion at the informal JROTC Program for Accreditation (JPA) event in March of 2023.

Senior Battalion Command Sergeant Major Muda Osman said, “Every platoon that shows up…will be held to the same standards. I am hopeful that we will find a platoon capable of meeting our drill standards and representing us at the annual inspection.”

The monthly Mustang battalion newsletter can be found on the JROTC website.

Mustangs interested in participating in the JROTC program can contact Major Shawn O’Dea or Master Sgt. William Cassidy.