WHY THE CENTURION DRILL TEAM?By: Cadet Morgan Todd
DISPLAYED WITH HONORThe Centurion Drill Team performs a color guard before an OSU basketball game.
“The price of excellence is discipline. The cost of mediocrity is disappointment.”
-- William Arthur Ward
Who We Are
The Centurion Drill Team is a select team of high-performing cadets dedicated to the skilled execution of precision drill. Our mission is to train Air Force cadets in drill and ceremonies while promoting professional development to serve the public as a precision military drill unit.
A Select Team of High-Performing Cadets . . .
The Centurion Drill Team has been an Ohio State tradition for decades. Consistent throughout it’s history is a high standard for entrance onto the team. Our motto is quality over quantity. Prestige must be earned. All cadets seeking acceptance onto the team must be fully tested and approved by all team members prior to admission. The Drill Team consists of only the best: cadets dedicated to service and professionalism, with an inner willpower to overcome adversity. In support of these standards, all drill team members must maintain good academic marks, and at least a score of 97 on the Physical Fitness Assessment.
Drill Team members achieve success both in their personal lives and in the Air Force R.O.T.C. program. Current members include the Det 645 Wing Commander, Cadet Todd Locke, the Wing Drill and Ceremonies Officer, Cadet Garrett Grove, and Cadet Kevin Page, the Wing Physical Fitness Officer. Many Drill Team alumni have gone on to excel in the active duty Air Force as fighter pilots, engineers, and capable leaders wherever they are placed. The dedication to excellence learned as a Drill Team member will serve well no matter the career path taken in the military or civilian world.
. . . Dedicated to the Skilled Execution of Precision Drill
Within the realm of drill, the Centurion Drill Team performs in two major areas: ceremonial color guards and exhibition drill competitions. Our team is frequently requested by outside (usually civilian) sources to perform color guards and other military services in our immediate community. On average, our team performs 20 - 25 color guards per academic year, along with several summer events. It is a great honor and privilege to present the American flag in support of so many organizations and events around our city. The Centurion Drill Team represents the Air Force to many people around the city and we pride ourselves in presenting a professional and positive image dedicated to service to the people.
Our team also travels around the country to exhibition drill competitions. These meets bring universities together from all over the United States to compete in events such as flight drill, honor guard drill, two-man trick routines, rifle drill, innovative drill, and more. When a competition is approaching, the team meets regularly to practice difficult routines involving rifle spinning, tossing, and complicated drill routines in preparation for performance. The Centurion Drill Team has always performed well under pressure and excelled in competition. At the end of the academic year, the drill team also performs a rifle drill sequence during the Pass in Review ceremony to showcase to parents and friends the Air Force’s dedication to excellence and attention to detail.
Do You Have What it Takes?
The pledging process to become a Centurion Drill Team member is extremely demanding. The experience will test pledges mentally, emotionally, and physically beyond any experience offered in the standard A.F.R.O.T.C. program. The immense demands of the pledging process form inseparable bonds with fellow classmates, while offering unrivaled professional development. This unique training experience provides our detachment its most successful cadets and leaders within the wing. Those who are up to the challenge will quickly surpass their peers.
Contact Cadet Maxwell Childs, Centurion Drill Team Vice Commander for more information: