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Published on February 14th, 2017 | by Ryan Sullivan

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ROTC – The Future Warrior Leaders

At 4:30 in the morning Saturday, well before the sun came up, a group of junior ROTC cadets from Florida Southern College and Southeastern University were staring down their rifles waiting for the enemy. This past weekend these future Army leaders conducted a verity of training missions that ranged from raids to ambushes and even reacting to enemy fire. But the fun didn’t stop there–the cadets still had to qualify with their M16 rifles, conduct day/night land navigation, pass a tough obstacle course, and march three miles–with all their gear.

“The experience offered the cadets a great opportunity to familiarize themselves with the kind of training and evaluation they will receive at advanced camp this summer,” Cadet Battalion Commander Tyler Beckman said.

Check it all out below.

Junior cadets trained and qualified with their M16 rifles in preparation for advanced summer training.

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These cadets also trained their land navigation skills, finding a point in the woods with just a compass, map, and protractor.

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Not stopping there, the cadets pushed themselves through a grueling obstacle course.

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The final event was a rigorous three mile road march with 45 pounds on their backs. However these cadets enjoyed it, singing marching songs the whole way.

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They even flew in UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters to their missions.



 

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