The Drill Sergeant of the Year competition has drawn to a close, and in a number of hours, the active and reserve component Drill Sergeants of the Year for 2012 will be announced during a ceremony.

On the fourth and final day of competition, the DSOY competitors were graded on their ability to perform several Army physical readiness training exercises as set forth in the Army PRT Manual, TC 3-22.20. Their fitness levels were assessed by how well they scored on the Army physical fitness test.

Then it was time to don their Army service uniforms, or ASUs, and gear up for their appearance before a board of command sergeants major. The CSMs evaluated the drill sergeants' knowledge of leadership and drill sergeant training tasks.

After their board appearance, the drill sergeants were graded on their ability to instruct the "stack arms" movement, where rifles are balanced against each other with no hand assist. This movement is considered one of the most difficult to instruct in order to render properly.

As in years past, a barbecue in honor of the DSOYs took place in the evening, which provided the competitors an opportunity to meet TRADOC Commanding General, Gen. Robert W. Cone.

The 1st Sgt. Tobias C. Meister APFT Award was presented to Sgt. 1st Class Adam McQuiston for achieving the highest APFT score during the competition.

The two winners representing the active and reserve components will be announced at 9 a.m., June 29, at Jacobs Theater on Fort Eustis.

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