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JROTC Upstate Regional Drill Championships March 3

Pendleton High School JROTC and Anderson Lights of Hope host and present the 4th Annual Upstate Regional Drill Championships (URDC) March 3 beginning at 8 a.m. at the Adnerson County Civic Center.

Marching in a straight line, turning around, carrying a rifle, and doing push-ups may look easy but once you see these disciplined cadets in action, your mind will change and a new respect for these high schoolers develops. The JROTC units drill for hours each week, learning commands, and practicing to sharpen their skills.   

Twenty-Four schools representing more than 1,000 cadets from Georgia, North and South Carolina will compete in Regulation and Exhibition drills. The winning cadets will receive trophies and medals for their accomplishments. What sets URDC apart from other drills is the scholarship funds for the winning units.

The doors open at 8 a.m., competition begins at 9 a.m. following the opening ceremony. Present and past military personnel/veterans are asked to attend the event.  Judges for the event include active personnel from the 263rd National Guard Unit in Anderson, Clemson ROTC, recruiters and drill sergeants from all branches of the military.  Static displays, vendors, and concessions will be available. 

The overall winners of the Regulation and Exhibition categories will receive a name plate on the traveling Colonel James L. Harden award. Colonel Harden was a resident of Anderson, South Carolina, served in the United States Army “B” Company 341st Infantry 86th Division during WWII. He also served on Dwight D. Eisenhower’s personal staff. He was decorated with the Silver Cross and received two Purple Hearts during his tour of duty in Europe. 

This event is FREE and open to the public.

For questions or more information, please contact Ben Phillips, Event Coordinator at Anderson Lights of Hope at 864.933.2547.

For more about the event, teams competing, and past results, please visit or the Facebook page,

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