Longhorn Battalion goes on Fall Field Training Exercise
Rucksacks loaded and canteens full, cadets venture to Camp Bullis for adventuresome weekend.
Posted: October 18, 2005
Friday evening was devoted to training the cadets for Saturday and Sunday's training. Cadets were given safety briefings and taught how to recognize heat casualties. An introduction and familiarization class to Land Navigation was also given. Cadets were taught basics such as pace count, map reading, and compass use. After these briefings cadets turned in early in preparation for a very long Saturday.
Saturday morning began at 0500. After hot chow in the Camp Bullis dining facility, cadets marched to the Leadership Reaction Course. An LRC is a team building exercise that presents various unique obstacles that cadets must overcome by working as a cohesive unit. This continued until lunch chow which was eaten in the field. For many cadets this was their first experience with the Army's MREs (Meals Ready to Eat). Saturday afternoon was filled with intense patrolling training and more land navigation training. Following this, underclassmen cadets were given the opportunity to lead small squads in a Drill and Ceremony competition.
For Saturday evening chow, cadets feasted on catered BBQ and watched a movie demonstrating leadership qualities in soldiers. With morale restored to a climatic high, cadets moved into MOUT training. Military Operations on Urbanized Terrain training prepares soldiers for the realistic environments encountered in today's battles. Exhausted, cadets went to bed at 2200 in anticipation of another exciting yet challenging day of training. After breakfast chow Sunday morning, cadets divided into two groups. One group went to the Obstacle Course. The course is a collection of physically and mentally challenging events requiring cadets to run, jump, climb, and swing over all types of obstructions. Braving the Obstacle Course helps cadets to overcome their fears and learn to work outside of their comfort zone. The second group went to the Rappel Tower. Here cadets were taught how to properly secure themselves with rope via the Swiss Seat method. After having a brief class on proper technique, cadets then conquered their fear of heights and repelled down the wall. After a couple hours, the groups switched. Finally, around midday Sunday cadets climbed on board the bus taking them back to campus. Tired, smelly, yet highly motivated cadets learned an incredible amount during their brief venture to the field.