A staff ride is a historical study of a campaign or battle that envisions a systematic preliminary study phase, an extensive field study phase on the actual historic site, and an integration phase to capture the lessons derived from each. This allows cadets to participate and gain a deeper understanding of battles throughout history and learn from them
This spring’s Staff Ride the MSIV class of cadets traveled to Minnesota to learn about the Sioux Uprising in 1862 across the Lower and Upper Agency of Minnesota. In preparation for this, the cadets were to read and study some of the key events and notable people involved in the conflict and in doing this begin to gain a deeper understanding of how and why the events turned out the way they did. A great and eye-opening experience for cadets as this type of research opens their eyes to how decisions as leaders are crucial in the course of the battle. The cadets traveled to key battlefield sites in order to get a bigger picture and realistic understanding of what it would’ve looked like when the events were occurring at the time.
Along with traveling to different battlefield sites and develop our military understanding, the cadets were also able to travel to some of the Army Corps of Engineer locations throughout Minnesota to get some professional development. As many of our cadets are engineering majors this was a great opportunity for them to see what the Army Corps of Engineers offers especially as the cadets begin to get closer to that commission date.