Monday Lunchtime Reviews bring Corps Together


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Jul 9, 2006
Kathy Eastwood
Staff Writer - The Pointer View
Beginning in August the U.S. Corps of Cadets began practicing an additional full force lunchtime drill and ceremony on Mondays that incorporated the entire Corps,including Corps Squad and Club athletes. The idea grew out of a Tiger Team initiative that recommended to the U.S. Military Academy leadership that weekly Monday lunch drill be held. Most reviews conducted here are double Regimental or Brigade reviews, but do not involve a lot of the cadet athletes.
“There were some logistical problems regarding timing with eating lunch and not disturbing classes,” said Sgt. 1st Class Chris DuBois, Drill and Ceremony NCOIC for the U.S. Corps of Cadets. “That was solved by having a special meal that is already laid out for them so they can come in, sit down, eat and leave as they are not dismissed according to company.”
The intent was two-fold, according to Lt. Col. Dave Jones, the Special Assistant to the Commandant, for Systems and Planning and a USCC Tiger Team Action Officer.
“First, provide an opportunity to reinforce high standards of discipline across the entire Corps. Drill and Ceremony, certainly does that,” Jones said. “Second, to provide another opportunity to unify the Corps of Cadets.
Monday Lunchtime Drill includes all members of the Corps -- CorpsSquad, Club Squad together at once.”
The review has three separate types of marches -- fair weather, when marches are on the Plain; inclement weather, where the march will be on the Apron and lastly, a march that will proceed on the crosswalks. “The reviews are scheduled every Monday except on holidays and will be performed on the Plain unless there is inclement weather,” DuBois said.
DuBois said the reviews are going very well and are graded by the cadets.
“The reviews count toward the drill streamer at the end of the academic year,” he said. “It’s building a competitive spirit [within the Corps].”
Besides helping build espirit de corps, “another benefit is that this subtle change, allows us just another way to reinforce the M in USMA,” Jones said. “That has to be a good thing. “The cadets are taking on the mission and figuring it out,” he added. “Like many of the Tiger Team initiatives, we have
given the cadets the mission and intent and they have planned it, resourced it and figured it all out. [Cadet First Captain Jason] Crabtree and the Cadet Chain of Command have done a great job. If that isn’t leadership
development, I do not know what is.”
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