Different type of camping
Kelsea Renz | reporter
BANG, BANG, BANG!
ROTC cadets cried out through the silent woods as they launched a simulated attack on an enemy camp during a field training exercise on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 14 and 15, at Camp Clark in Nevada, Mo.
“This training is used to simulate real combat situations that can happen on deployment,” said James Hayward, senior in justice studies.
Over the weekend the cadets completed exercises such as land navigation and situational training exercises lanes while staying outdoors in a tactical training base.
The first exercise, land navigation, started once the cadets arrived at the base and set up camp.
“Land navigation is used in missions to find where enemies are,” said Kristina Willis, senior in international studies. “It’s also used in case you get lost or stranded without contact to base.”
Land navigation involves three main areas: plotting points, knowing your pace count for 100 meters and calculating the distance and therefore number of steps to a plotted point.
“Knowing how to correctly plot points is the most important part of land navigation,” said Mason Johnson, senior in biology.
The navigation techniques practiced the first day were used again the second day during situational training lanes.
“The cadets were given a mission and a certain amount of time to complete it,” Willis said.
“The MS3s led the squads and were graded by the MS4s on their ability to lead.”
The MS3s, usually juniors, are required to lead squads in lanes as practice for the leadership development assessment course, which MS3s attend the summer after junior year.
“The past few years, it’s been the cadre and MS4s telling us how to do a thing and now it’s us telling others how to do that thing,” said Paul Fraley, junior in biology.
The exercises did not focus only on the MS3s.
For the MS1s, usually freshmen, this weekend was the first time experiencing a deployment situation.
“I really learned a lot from this weekend,” said Klay Weaver, freshman in graphic design and communication. “It was really fun getting to practice skills we had learned in class.”
Saturday night the cadets were given short seminars teaching them how to defend a field operating base and were later tested when the MS4s attacked.
“Our mission was to cause a level of chaos and see how (the cadets) reacted to it,” said John Fatkin, senior in history.
Sunday morning the skills learned throughout the weekend were put to the test in a paintball battle against the MS4s.
“I think everyone did really well and learned a lot,” said Keith Weaver, senior in justice studies. “I’m really proud of everyone.”