‘Fun’ com­mand per­for­mance

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Sub­mit­ted by Ma­jor Sandy McDon­ald The newly formed Glen­garry Drill team com­peted at its first ever com­pe­ti­tion May 4 as part of the Ot­tawa and St. Lawrence Area an­nual band and drill com­pe­ti­tion.

Cadets from 379 Glen­garry Mus­tangs Royal Cana­dian Air Cadet Squadron and 253 Claude Nun­ney VC Royal Cana­dian Air Cadet Squadron joined to­gether to form a team to com­pete. The Ot­tawa and St. Lawrence Area con­sists of 28 cadet units, a com­bi­na­tion of air, army and sea, all able to com­pete at the com­pe­ti­tion.

“I en­joyed my ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Lead­ing Air Cadet (LAC) Davin Este from Alexan­dria. “I was re­ally nervous at first but as we went along, I felt so much more com­fort­able and I look for­ward to doing it again.”

“I had so much fun,” com­mented Air Cadet (AC) Bri­anna Prieur, who is also a first year cadet with 379 RCACS.

At the com­pe­ti­tion, teams com­plete a com­pul­sory se­quence, con­sist­ing of 95 com­mands, all which need to be mem­o­rized and de­liv­ered in proper se­quence. This year’s drill team com­man­der was War­rant Of­fi­cer Se­cond Class (WO2) Shawn Oer­tle from 379 RCACS.

Due to a last-minute with­drawal, WO2 Oer­tle took the role with less than 24 hours be­fore the com­pe­ti­tion, speak­ing highly of his abil­ity to adapt to per­form un­der pres­sure.

Fol­low­ing the com­pul­sory se­quence, teams per­form a silent rou­tine, of­ten re­ferred to as their Freestyle. Dur­ing this por­tion of the com­pe­ti­tion, a four to fiveminute rou­tine is per­formed, us­ing only drill move­ments, and no com­mands. This means the en­tire rou­tine needs to be mem­o­rized by each and ev­ery mem­ber of the team.

Many hours of prac­tice went into get­ting the team ready for com­pe­ti­tion, es­pe­cially since many drill move­ments are not typ­i­cally seen in a reg­u­lar pa­rade, as well as there be­ing a large quan­tity of brand new cadets on the team. AC Jade Berthi­aume, who has been a cadet for less than a month with 379 RCACS, was one of th­ese mem­bers. “I had fun and loved see­ing the other squadrons and corps doing their rou­tines. This has made me en­thu­si­as­tic for next year.”

Although they didn’t place, the ex­pe­ri­ence was well worth it, build­ing mo­ti­va­tion and con­fi­dence amongst the cadets that they can per­form at a high level. The judges specif­i­cally com­mented that the Glen­garry Drill team had the most ac­cu­rate ca­dence as well as the best slow march of the day.

The team was coached by staff from both squadrons: Capt. Ch­eryl McBean, Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer of 379 RCACS, MWO (Ret’d) Pat DiRico, a vol­un­teer with 379 RCACS and Ma­jor Sandy McDon­ald, Area El­e­men­tal Ad­vi­sor-Air and Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of 253 RCACS.


DRILLS: WO2 Shawn Oer­tle (379 RCACS) re­ports to the Chief Judge, Ma­jor Chris Sloan, com­plet­ing the com­pul­sory se­quence with mem­bers of the Glen­garry Drill Team be­hind him. Above right: Cpl. Jack Wil­son (253 RCACS), left, and FSgt Au­drey Van­der Byl (379 RCACS) per­form a re­move head­dress move­ment. Photo right: Sgt Rudy Van­der Byl (cen­tre) and AC Bri­anna Prieur per­form the right dress.

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