2018 Army JROTC Drill Championships
SOP Updates Page
Below are the event rule updates/modifications that have been made to date.
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1) 10 September, 2017: SOP Updates site established, Official Event Invite, SOP, score sheets posted
The SOP Update site is established and ready for modifications/clarifications/changes to be posted here. Event scoresheets and the SOP are posted. Floor diagrams and many other documents will be added in the coming months. Please check back often to be most prepared for this event.
2) 08 January, 2018: Unit Inspection Entry/Exit Paths Flipped
SNI has flipped the in and out doors in BOTH inspection areas. They were just wrong and this will allow a smoother entrance and departure from the floor. In the corrected diagrams, the cadets will enter in the same back of the room point but will come towards the judge on his/her right. When completed, the unit will right face and then column of files right out the door in the back LEFT of the room. The diagram is located on the PaperworkHQ section of the Army Nationals website.
3) 15 February, 2018: Allowed Color Guard Accesories Itemized
This update is provided to SPECIFICALLY authorize all competing color guards the ability if they wish to maintain white gloves, white pistol belts, white rifle slings, and/or even white rifles themselves. In AR 670-1 para 2-6(e)(1) allows this and therefore we will allow it. IN FACT, the manual makes no reference to JUST THE COLOR WHITE. Therefore, any/all colors within good military taste (certainly the most common of OD green, white, black and blue) would be acceptable and may be used without penalty. Teams are STILL CAUTIONED they may NOT wear chrome helmets, fanny pouches and other unauthorized additions to the uniform.
3) 10 March, 2018: Clarification on Starting Draw Procedures
This update is provided to clarify the startiong draw matrix for the Army Nationals. Asd Brigades do not supply SNI with any "ranking" info, top finishing schools returning to the event the following year will continue to be bunched together while still using the blind draw technique and the staggered start to ensure every school gets an early event, a few middle events, and a late event. With a conmpetition field this large with over 90 teams entered, USACC and SNI believe this maintains a solid balance of fairness to provide all teams a fair shot at gaining the overall championship while recognizing and rewarding previous year excellence to earn a more premium draw slot.
5) 28 March, 2018: FIXED HEAD JUDGE POSITIONS CONTRADICTED IN THE EVENT SOP
Looking at the judges diagram, you will notice that EVERY EVENT now maintains a fixed head judge position. HOWEVER, THE SOP STILL MAINTAINS A LINE STATING TEAMS CAN PLACE THE JUDGE WHERE THEY WISH FOR REPORT IN & REPORT OUT. Because of this contradiction and the lateness of this being spotted, for fairness SNI will allow all schools at the 2018 competition to place the judge where they wish for either/both report in & out. Rest assured in 2019, this will be corrected and judge positions will be fixed.
Thank you, good luck and safe travel to all attendees!