OTTUMWA — Wapello County's youngest soldiers continue to make a name for themselves.
The Ottumwa High School "Bulldog Battalion" JROTC Drill Team, Color Guard Team and Raider Team recently competed in the North High School Invitational.
There were 12 teams at the meet, representing four states, including Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Nebraska. The reserve officer junior programs were representing the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.
A press release from the Ottumwa Community School District said the event judged teams on specific tests of their skills and fitness: the United States Marine Corps physical fitness test, New Cadet Drill, Unarmed Regulation Drill, Armed Color Guard (male and female team) and the Formal Inspection with questions American troops should know.
That formal inspection included an "in ranks” review of every cadet. All uniforms were checked for proper positioning and cleanliness. Each cadet was asked a series of questions ranging from the name of the current Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. armed forces to the names of five landing beaches from D-Day.
The Bulldog Battalion took second place out of 12 teams in Formal Inspection.
The OHS battalion placed third in the Marine Fitness Test.
The Marine Physical Fitness Test included two minutes of push-ups, sit-ups and pull-ups; 600 yard shuttle run; a 100 yard tractor tire flip; and a one mile run. The tire flip, shuttle run and pull-ups were new events for the Ottumwa Raiders.