UT Plans Training for Three Schools
Posted: May 4, 2010
TL Assigns Sector of Fire to his Team
Every spring, the University of Texas Army ROTC participates in two Field Training Exercises(FTX). The second of the two took place from 9 to 11 April at Camp Bullis, TX. This Joint FTX combined training with Army ROTC programs from Saint Mary’s University, Texas State University, and the University of Texas at San Antonio. Throughout the event, the schools were intermingled with each other, leading to the formation of new bonds and leadership challenges.
The University of Texas ROTC was responsible for planning and running this year’s exercise. After weeks of planning, the unit left Austin early Friday morning for Camp Bullis. Freshmen and sophomore cadets participated in a land navigation course that day and night. On Saturday, they received a reflexive fire and patrol base class from senior cadet instructors. Taking what they learned, the freshmen and sophomore cadets spent the night in a tactical environment, conducting patrol base operations. The next morning, these cadets worked through the Leader’s Reaction Course and the Confidence Course.
Junior cadets trained separately from the others for the weekend. Apart from their own, more advanced day and night land navigation course, they conducted patrolling activities all day Saturday and through Sunday morning. The cadets rotated through leadership positions for the different missions, while senior cadets provided evaluations and counseling to prepare them for the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, WA this summer.
The University of Texas ROTC is proud to have the greatest percentage of overall “Excellent” evaluations of the four schools at the Joint Field Training Exercise. It was great working with Saint Mary’s, Texas State, and UTSA. Good luck at LDAC this summer!