JMU ROTC Dining-In 2014
JMU ROTC Dining-In 2014
The formal Dining-In is a gathering of a unit on a social basis, fostering spirit de corps and unit pride. Usually each unit holds at least one formal Dining-in a year. US Army Dining-In traditions are related directly to those of the British Army prior to the American Revolution, and in many instances, more modern British Army Mess procedure has been incorporated into unit social events. The oldest recorded American Dining-In occurred in September 1776. There are several key people involved in Dining-In. These include the President of the mess and Mr. Vice. The President of the mess is to oversee the entire organization of Dining-In. Mr. Vice announces when dinner is to be eaten and oversees the rules of the mess. Another tradition of the Army Dining-In is the punch ceremony, also known as the grogg. Each punch is concocted differently to represent each individual unit and the Army as well as other branches. A highly significant, symbolized table is also set during this event. It is a table set for one, representing the members of our profession of arms who are missing from our midst and unable to be here with us. Many events happen during Dining-In beginningwith the presentation of the colors, toasts, dinner ao incorporate.
The James Madison Duke Battalion carried on these traditions as well as incorporated their own traditions at their Dining-In. This year it was held at the Fraternal Order of Eagles on February 21st, 2014. In charge of this event was Cadet Berry, a senior in the Duke Battalion. He also had a team of four other cadets to help with planning and set up. The team consisted of one member from each class who were, Cadet Fost, Cadet Ambrosich, Cadet Evans, and Cadet Freeman. The President of the mess was Cadet Parker, the cadet Sergeant Major for the battalion. Along with him was our own Mr. Vice, Cadet Daoud. Traditionally, Mr. Vice enters the event late and dressed inappropriately. Cadets and Cadre members are to wear ASUs, but cadet Daoud appeared in a bath robe and horse mask, attaining quite the reaction from our battalion. Following this, the colors were presented by members of our Color Guard, cadet Abla, cadet Miller, cadet Sledge and cadet Racanelli. The next event was the evening’s toasts, lead by members of the senior class. These toasts were to the United States Army, all other branches, our fallen comrades and the Duke Battalion. Following this was the punch bowl. During this, members of the senior class came forward and placed their own ingredient in the bowl, each representing something differently. Such things were purple and gold streamers to remember all of the good times and school spirit we’ve had during our time at James Madison University. Another was a “dirty sock,” representing all of the hard training our battalion has endured. Afterwards, cadets and cadre members were called up to drink from the grogg bowl, and dinner was served. The last significant event, traditional for the Duke Battalion, was class skits. During this, each class dresses up and imitates the class members above them.
In conclusion with our event, the Dining-In, consisting of 5 members were presented with a Duke Battalion coin for all of their hard work and dedicated they put into making this occasion happen. Each year, cadets and cadre members are given a gift from the battalion in remembrance of the event. This year they were given a glass with the JMU emblem and the year of the event. Following this, the colors were retired by our Color Guard and cadre members safely transported cadets back to James Madison University.