Monday, September 26, 2022

Union Army ROTC cadres head to West Point for advanced military competition

They wake up every morning before sunrise, during which time most college students sleep comfortably. The cold winter mornings and the weak spring weather made it difficult to drive a short distance to Siena College.

Then he starts working hard. Several days a week, the three Army Reserve Officer Training Team cadres – Ben Daniel 24, Clayton Garland ’23 and William Lafam ’24 – join the cadres from the Mohawk Battalion for advanced fitness training. This includes a terrifying procession, wearing combat uniforms, carrying a bag weighing at least 35 pounds, cadets, wearing combat uniforms, walking fast on low ground.

Ben Daniel 24, Clayton Garland 23 and William Lafam 24 are part of a team of military ROTC cadets selected for the annual two-day event at the United States Military Academy in West Point.

The cadres are preparing for the annual two-day Sandherst Military Skills Competition at the United States Military Academy in West Point, scheduled for April 29-30.

The competition, which includes the world’s top ROTC and military academy teams, includes a series of tests to test team military skills. These include rifles, ground surveillance, emergency medical care, locksmithing, cannons, cannons, water barriers, water cannons, and grenade launchers.

“The competition is a wonderful opportunity to get training to test your leadership skills and improve your military skills,” said Lafam, a young art historian. He is from Latum, NY. “Mental and physical pressure is a new experience for most cadres.

Union students are part of the Mohawk Battalion ROTC program. Hosted by Siena College, the program includes students from Rensalar Polytechnic Institute, Skidmore College, St. Rose College, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, and Albany University.

The 11-member Mohawk Battalion finished second last summer in the Fort Jersey, New Jersey, regional competition.

Fifty teams compete in Sandhurst. This includes 12 teams from the US Military Academy, seven from the Air Force, Navy and Coast Guard and 15 international teams.

The Mohawk Battalion is one of 16 College / University Army ROTC teams selected for Sandherst.

Garland, a professor of political science at Northfield, said:

The Mohawk team will train at the 42nd Infantry Division of the New York Army National Guard in Siena and nearby Troy. To help them better prepare for Sandherst, the team travels to West Point a week before the event to use the resources.

“The race is incredibly challenging, both mentally and physically,” says Daniel of Concord NH, a senior neuroscientist. “I expect to be treated like dogs. We have a strong and cohesive team and if we can work together like we did in the Ranger Challenge in the fall, we should do well.

After completing four years of leadership training and special course work, he pledged to serve in the military after graduating from military science, leadership and administration.

The first batch of military ROTC cadets in the Union began in 1917.

Union students can enroll in ROTC programs at the Renaissance Polytechnic Institute in Troy.

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