Surface Warfare Society
The Standard Drill Team is composed of approximately twenty midshipmen who learn about the functions of the M1 rifle and practice drilling with it. Competitions consist of an inspection in which midshipmen are graded on their bearing, uniform appearance, and knowledge of the Navy, Marine Corps, and the M1 rifle, as well as a performance of static and dynamic movements on the drill deck. The Standard Drill Team competes at the Cornell Military Excellence Competition, the Tulane Military Excellence Competition, and UVA’s own Tri-service Military Weekend Drill Competition. A select few of these midshipmen participate in the squad-level standard competitions at Cornell and Tulane as well.
The Exhibition Drill Team is composed of twelve dedicated midshipmen who practice the art of silent drill. At least twice a week, team members learn how to spin and toss rifles, in addition to practicing several precision routine elements. These skills are combined into one long routine, which the team performs at events such as Parent’s Weekend, the Cornell Military Excellence Competition, the Villanova Military Excellence Competition, and UVA’s own Tri-service Military Weekend Drill Competition.
The Color Guard is composed of five midshipmen who learn and practice the ceremonies involving the National Ensign and the flags of the Navy and Marine Corps. The Color Guard competes at the Cornell Military Excellence Competition and the Villanova Military Excellence Competition, and also participates in ceremonies at Orientation Week, Parents Weekend, various Leadership Lab activities, and retirement ceremonies. The Color Guard also has the honor of performing their duties for large crowds at the football and basketball games.
Semper Fidelis Society
The Semper Fidelis Society, a group of Marine Options and motivated midshipmen, is an organization which works towards the further professional development of its members. Semper Fi promotes leadership principles, development of military knowledge, and camaraderie between midshipmen, and also takes part in the coordination and execution of the Marine Corps Birthday Ball.
The Submariner Society aims to promote professional development while educating Midshipman about the nuclear officer community. While there is an emphasis on the submarine platform, the surface nuclear option is also discussed. Past activities have included addressing the common myths about being a nuclear officer, dining with the head of the Nuclear Accession Program, screening films to compare common hollywood misconceptions of the submarine force, and well as hosting meals while answering commonly asked questions by Midshipman.
Surface Warfare Society
The primary mission of the SWO Society is to gather Midshipmen who have a common interest in serving as Surface Warfare Officers. With the guidance of the Unit’s Surface Warfare Adviser, Midshipmen gather periodically to discuss the surface community, the junior officer career path, US Navy policies, current events and how they relate to the Surface Fleet, as well as general leadership and professional military education topics. Moreover, the Society is not just designed for those Midshipmen interested in becoming SWO’s, but for Midshipmen who are unsure of their service selection and wish to learn more about their options. The Society also gathers periodically for social activities and has traveled to Washington, DC for the annual Surface Navy Associations Symposium.
The Trident Society is a service and honorary society whose purpose is to promote naval interests and knowledge while creating a closer bond among members of the unit. The Society sponsors a variety of service projects such participation with Habitat for Humanity, blood drives, and Christmas activities. Social functions include ice skating, bowling, and the annual Foxfield Races.
Midshipmen regularly participate in University intramural sports. From soccer to softball, there is always some Naval domination going on!