Club Spotlight: Honor Corps

By Grace Brown, Correspondent

COVID-19 has proved to have an impact on nearly all aspects of daily life worldwide. Masks

have become a natural part of day-to-day attire, and social distancing has become the new

normal. ERAU on-campus clubs were unfortunately not immune to these changes.

However, a flexible attitude and resilience has allowed clubs, such as the AFROTC Honor

Corps, to continue meeting under COVID modifications.

The Honor Corps consists of the Honor Guard, Rifle Team and Saber team. Together, the three

groups work to “create a culture of dignity and respect for the services we represent. As

members of Honor Corps our mission is to train members to enrich and serve the community

and refine personal discipline,” Ana Muñoz, Honor Guard commander, said. All three groups

practice drill and ceremony with the intent of perfection in their performances in order to properly

respect the armed services.

In spite of social distancing, the teams have been able to maintain a regular schedule for

meetings and practices. The commanders have been sure to enforce mask-wearing and have

adapted their marching movements in order to keep members a safe distance apart. When

asked about how the active members are doing in regards to training new members, freshman

trainee Angel Appelzoller commented, “they are always ensuring we maintain our social

distance while also maintaining high morale to keep us focused and disciplined.”

While the group as a whole has been doing well with the current restrictions in place, they still

feel COVID’s negative impact. The teams are constantly having to adapt their plans due to

members being randomly selected for COVID testing and being forced to miss practices. Muñoz

notes, “trainees being unable to practice due to quarantining/sheltering in place has made it

difficult to ensure that the team is operating at the standard that is expected of us.” Active

members and trainees alike have also had to learn the new procedures for marching,

performance and proper spacing. Additionally, “actives and alumni are more limited when

teaching because they can no longer grab the trainee’s equipment to demonstrate,” Muñoz

stated.

Although the current conditions for practice are not optimal, the teams have been able to

persevere and learned to function in ways similar to prior years. The teams’ shared resolve to

continue working will only benefit them as they progress and are forced to adapt to other difficult

situations. Regardless, Muñoz said, “all the teams are looking forward to resuming practice with

regular marching movements and spacing, as well as not having to constantly adapt to new

rules/guidelines.”

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