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For High School Students and Incoming Norwich Students

Drill camp will not be held this year (2021)

Are you interested in advancing your individual and team skills in military drill and ceremonies, while further developing your physical and mental strength? We’ve designed Norwich University Drill Camp (NUDC) for you.

NUDC is especially suited to students who currently participate in Junior ROTC, Civil Air Patrol, Sea Cadets, Young Marines or in other youth drill and/or color guard organizations.

What happens at Drill Camp?

Drill Camp is an excellent opportunity to hone your skills and network with other drill team cadets. Train in an atmosphere of competitive spirit and camaraderie as you learn leadership and safety, and drill under the guidance of our national collegiate championship drill team, the “Shock Platoon.”

Each squad is supervised by a drill instructor. The master drill instructor oversees the daily training, safety and accountability of all participants. As “drillers,” participants are expected to stay “locked on” at all times during the program.

All staff members are CPR and first-aid certified, and trained to teach the camp curriculum. Members of the staff and faculty, alumni and other experts assist with training and instruction. 

NUDC includes physical fitness training, classroom instruction, team challenges, a drill assessment and drill competition to gauge what you have learned. When you complete Drill Camp, your families are invited to attend graduation in recognition of your exceptional accomplishment. You will leave Norwich ready to choreograph, conduct and teach others the art of drill.


Armed and Unarmed Basic
Armed Exhibition
Color Guard and Guidon
Sword Manual
Uniform Preparation and Inspections


History of Drill and Ceremonies
Public Speaking
Honor and Ethics

Who is eligible?

Applications are welcome from high school students who will enter the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade after the completion of camp, as well as accepted applicants to Norwich University. Qualified applicants should hold a minimum 2.5 GPA. 

What are the application requirements?

A complete application includes:

  1. The online registration form
  2. A letter of recommendation
  3. Proof of a physical exam
  4. Medical waivers/forms (which we will email to you)

What is the cost?

The fee of $950 includes:

  • Dorm room
  • Meals
  • Drill Camp t-shirts, shorts and visors
  • All activities

What is the required uniform?

JROTC, CAP and Sea Cadets are required to bring a dress uniform, ACU/BDU pants, and boots. We will work with participants who may not have drill uniforms. A visor, t-shirts, shorts, and other items to facilitate training and create an atmosphere of camaraderie, will be provided as part of the fee. (Don’t worry—you’ll receive a complete packing list.)

Flying in for NUDC 

If a student is planning to fly and requires transportation to and from the airport, the NUDC staff can make free transportation arrangements for round trip. The student’s flight must arrive and depart from the Burlington International Airport (BTV). Flights must be scheduled to arrive before 11 a.m. on Sunday and must be scheduled to depart after 1 p.m. on Saturday. Please email flight itineraries no later than one week before the event, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

More questions?

If you have questions about scholarships, travel, or anything else related to NU Drill Camp, please contact us at 1 (802) 485-2531 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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