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History of Fish Drill Team:

The Fish Drill Team was created in 1946 when the Corps freshmen were moved to the Riverside campus after the end of World War II due to hazing. With no upperclassmen and nothing to do, the fish started drilling. Some time that same year, the upperclassmen had this Drill Team perform, expecting the worst... to their surprise, the Fish Drill Team put on an excellent performance that received a standing ovation.

The Fish Drill Team began competing at the National Drill Competition held in Washington, DC, and for years took 1st place as National champs. In fact, after repeatedly winning this title, the event's organizers were forced to disband the event. Once the National Drill competition in Washington DC was canceled, the Fish Drill Team began competing in other competitions around the United States until Tulane University's Mardi Gras Drill Meet became known, unofficially, as the "National Championship Drill Meet" because it included several of the nation's best drill teams - Fightin' Texas Aggie Fish Drill Team, Norwich's Shock Platoon, and Teams from the Citadel, VMI, West Point, the Naval Academy, the Air Force academy, USC, USF and Tulane University.

The Fish Drill Team started letting women onto the team in 19**, with the combining of the Women's Drill Team and FDT, though few females were on the team in the early 1980s. In 1992, The Fish Drill Team represented the Marine Corps Silent Drill Team in "A Few Good Men". In 1997, The team was disbanded due to hazing and was put on a hiatus for 4 years. The Team returned in Spring of 2001 but did not compete until Spring of 2002 with the class of 2006. Class of 2006 got second overall at the Tulane Drill Meet. Classes of 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2011 all took 1st place overall at the the same competition. The class of 2009 did not compete in New Orleans due to the cancellation of the meet because of Hurricane Katrina. When they tried to enter the US Air Force Academy's Drill Meet, the organizers wouldn't allow FDT to compete because of the threat of too many teams dropping out. Most recently, the class of 2012 received second place overall by a point to Norwich University.


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