|Kate Bassett and her team putting on their proper gas masks|
Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Endurance. Knowledge. Leadership - AEE Major plays pivotal role in National Champion ROTC Team
What’s involved?? Out of the members who competed in the Ranger Challenge, only 9 can go on to the Sandhurst; companies have to try out against each other to see who can attend. After the team is selected they train each morning from 5:30-7:00 a.m! Sometimes they even have to meet at 5 a.m! They also have two, two hour labs every week dedicated to training for the competition.
The team does lots of physical training, but they also train for a variety of skills which include: military equipment identification, rope bridge construction, throwing grenades, proper pro-mask (gas masks) assembly and running/ completing tasks with them on, 5 different weapon systems assembly/disassembly, obstacle completion, marksmanship, TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care), land navigation and much more. In addition to all that training during the week, they also have a field training exercise that is 16 hours on a Saturday. Above and beyond their practice during the week, they also like to enjoy weekend runs as a team. Furthermore they are expected to work out on their own in addition to the morning training – this will help build and maintain physical endurance.
Competition Day. Friday’s competition during the Sandhurst included approximately a 9 mile course that had checkpoints along a designated route. One of the checkpoints was marksmanship and another was a two hours time slot for land navigation up and down very steep and rocky terrain. Friday took 5 hours for one team, from start to finish on the course.. Saturday was about a 7-8 mile course with 18 different stations that each had a separate task. For example one was scaling a 10 foot wall while the rest were the tasks they had trained for. More information about Sandhurst can be found here.
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