What Did You Do Last Weekend?

Maybe you played Xbox on Saturday, maybe not. At some point you probably hung out in the quad and played some disc golf. Let me guess, Sunday morning you slept in and went to brunch in your pajamas and finished your lab assignment that was due Monday.

If you were a member of the Arctic Battalion, the Army ROTC program here at Michigan Tech, your weekend would look a little different. The Army Cadets had a weekend packed full of training, fun and camaraderie.

It started Friday evening, with some orienteering classes and a walk through the Tech Trail’s forest. On Saturday, the Cadets were up at 4:00 am, getting ready to move back to the Tech Trails to do some orienteering in the dark. At 5:15 am, they were given the coordinates of six locations in the woods of the Tech Trails and ventured off to find the locations with little more than a map, compass and protractor. Later on, in the day light, the Cadets teamed up and tackled the Field Leadership Reaction Course. A different Cadet was put in charge of the group for each mission. They moved from obstacle to obstacle putting in to practice their orienteering skills. Most importantly, they learned how to work as a team, being both leaders and followers. That night the new Cadets were given marksmanship classes by the more experienced Cadets where they learned how their posture and breathing effect how well they would do at the range. On Sunday, they all went to the firing range where they used what they learned the night before to, hopefully, qualify on their weapon. They topped off the weekend with a catered meal which gave them the chance to relax and socialize before heading back into another week of classes at MTU.

If you’re interested in joining us for our next training, call Mr. Fox at 906-487-3446.

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