Field Leader Reaction Course | 3rd Regiment, Advanced Camp 2019On August 12, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
On June 5, cadets of the 3rd Regiment had the chance to grow with their squads at the Field Leader Reaction Course. So the purpose of the Field Leader Reaction Course is to bring a squad of cadets together who have never worked together at all and the first time. And they are gonna execute the obstacles. The obstacles are challenging, perplexing, vexing, and intended to bring out leadership, decision-making, adaptability, communication and teamwork. Every team rotated to six different obstacles throughout the morning, each with their own unique objectives. The Wall Banger is a situation where cadets must transport an ammo can and all personnel through an elevated contraption, and they can not touch any yellow areas. For the Barrel Roll, cadets must move a heavy barrel and each team member from one side of a broken bridge to another using only two boards and some rope. And the Double Culvert is another challenge where the team must haul supplies along an awkward layout. No obstacle remains undefeated during Advanced Camp so far, but the victories are very scarce. So we had a person that was almost across, we almost had the ammo can across and she went to swing on the rope to get down, and the rope touched just by a little bit, so she had to go down. So those kinds of things or when we touched the wall, you know, it kills morale for a second but then you say ‘alright, what can we do to fix it’, and I think it teaches that even though you might have a failure in a tactic in the field, whatever environment you’re in, that you can still pick up from there and still continue the course with a new plan of action. It teaches you a lot about relying on your squad more than yourself, because alone you can’t really do anything, but along with everyone else… it kind of teaches you that even if you do fail, as long as you fail together, you are able to kind of defeat any adversary that comes along your way. Reporting from CST Public Affairs Office, this is Matthew Barnes.