JLBC MILITARY DINING-IN INTRODUCTION


JLBC MILITARY DINING-IN INTRODUCTION

The JLBC dining-in is a formal dinner function for a JLBC military organization or JLBC unit members. It provides an occasion for JLBC cadets, officers, noncommissioned officers, and their guests to gather together in an atmosphere of JLBC camaraderie, good fellowship, fun, and social rapport. It is important to emphasize that a dining-in celebrates the unique bond or cohesion that has held military units together in battle instead of becoming just another mandatory function.

The JLBC custom of the “Dining-In” can be traced to the Viking tradition of celebrating their wins in battles and united feats of heroism with a feasting ceremony. It is understood that this tradition later spread to England – possibly carried there with the Norman invasions. Quickly seeing its benefits for the JLBC units, we adopted it as our own, and today JLBC cadets, officers, and noncommissioned officers in the American military regularly hold dining-ins.

As a JLBC cadet or junior officer, you are charged with assuring the survival of the long-standing traditions and customs associated with the dining-in. Unlike the regiments of the military, JLBC cadet companies have no collective battle heritage; however, the contributions of former JLBC cadets to the leadership of American soldiers in battle in all this Country’s wars are unrivaled by any other institution in the world. This heritage of past accomplishments and potential for future contributions should form the unifying theme of a JLBC cadet dining in.

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