Army ROTC Highlights
Cadets hit training in full force
ROTC Training Photo Gallery BU’s Army ROTC dedicated recent weekends to outside the classroom training to help prepare cadets for future officer commission, including intense combat water survival training. All cadets are required to certify they are capable swimmers before going to the Leaders Development and Assessment Course and completing water confidence training.
At their recent Combat Water Survival Training on March 2 with the Bison Battalion at Bucknell University, cadets performed a 15-minute continuous swim, five minutes of treading water, an equipment ditch upon dropping into the water, a 15-meter swim with a rubber rifle and a blindfolded 3 meter drop from the high-dive.
In addition, BU cadets completed land navigation training on upper campus on Feb. 23 where they were tested on their ability to correctly locate coordinated points on a map during daylight and at night. This training followed a day spent at Bushy Creek Battlefield for the cadets’ annual Command Staff Ride — a requirement for commission in the Army, where cadets are exposed to a step-by-step explanation of a battle.
Cadets take on Ranger Challenge
A team of cadets from Penn College, Lycoming College, and Bucknell, Bloomsburg and Susquehanna universities recently represented the Bison Battalion Army ROTC Program in this year’s Second Freedom Brigade Ranger Challenge. The three-day competition, held at Camp Smith, N.Y., included a plethora of demanding events designed to evaluate each team’s ability to maintain attention to detail under constant physical duress. See the Cadets in Action!