At the fort, there are many events and activities that the AFJROTC program holds. Many clubs/teams get involved around school and with the community of North Charleston.
The FDHS AFJROTC Red Line Drill Team competes with local schools and and rival programs at drill competitions. Commanded by AF. Ret. Senior Master Sergeant Levi Bennett, the team has remained undefeated.
Students must practice, memorize, and professionally execute their routines in order to ensure their team victory over other schools. Judges and military officials precisely grade schools on their performances and execution, so many teams must bring their best game. A school can even be disqualified from the competition if their team is not up to certain standards.
The conditions at competitions are rather tough and demanding for the students performing. At times, students become stressed and feel they can no longer compete, but the FDHS AFJROTC Drill Team “holds the line” during competitions and ultimately brings home many trophies and awards.
Here is a clip showing a section of routine at a competition that took place at Berkley High School a couple of years ago:
There is also a Rocketry club here at the fort. This club is mostly responsible for building and launching rockets, but the team also flys drones and other aerial vehicles. The team is unique in a way that it really allows for students to interact with one another and share ideas.
Every team member is issued a rocket to build at home which is due the following week. Students are allowed to customize their rockets with decals, paint, and other decorative materials they may have. On “launch day”, students get to launch the rockets they have created and watch their creations blast away into the sky.
This is a clip showing a rocket launch by the team:
The FDHS AFJROTC program also features a few other teams that cadets can get involved in.
The Orienteering club: a team that traverses through forests and highly wooded areas using only a compass and needle. The team does a lot of running and ultimately feels very free and natural.
“Kitty Hawk Air Society”(Academics): This team focuses solely on academics, leadership, and even tutoring. Students in the AFJROTC program that are struggling with their classes can be tutored by this society. The club also holds academic competitions where schools compete for awards by pitting their knowledge against each other.
The “Raider” team is a very physically active team. The club is driven by their physical capabilities and overall attitude to accomplish their goals. The team runs daily and “tanks” a variety of very difficult exercises. Once, the team even tackled 500 jumping jacks without stopping in only 40 minutes. This team also holds competitions against other “raider” teams. These challenges consist of many different courses and strenuous exercises to wear down teams. Trophies and awards are given to the schools that demonstrate the most skill, endurance, perseverance, and teamwork throughout the competition.