By: Madison Thompson
FORT KNOX, Ky. – 3rd Regiment, Basic Camp, completed the Beaudoin Obstacle Course as platoons and squads, June 20, during their Cadet Summer Training. The Beaudoin Obstacle Course is a set of 13 different obstacles that challenge Cadets in many ways.
These obstacles include: low crawl, the ditch, lanes to change directions, the wall, balance beam, hurdles, balance logs, maze to change direction, tunnels, low rail, fence, cargo net, horizontal traversing (also known as monkey bars).
“This is a way to show them that if they put each other first and work together as a team, they can really accomplish anything. This applies in real life as they become 2nd lieutenants,” said Staff Sgt. Leodegario Alonso, a drill sergeant at the course.
The obstacle course has many purposes for Cadets.
“This is important for our training because, as future leaders, we need to learn how to work with our soldiers and learn how to work together. We’re all a family here, so this is the greatest opportunity for us to work as one,” said Cadet Linda Bisbal, Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico.
Cadets participated first as platoons and then as squads. Each time, certain criteria had to be met at each obstacle.
“Each member has to go through each obstacle and you can’t move on until every member is done. So, we really have to encourage each other and we have to be there for each other,” said Cadet Miranda Ellis, California State University, Fresno, Calif. “If you physically have to lift people over the wall, you’re going to be there for your battle buddy.”
Not only does the obstacle course help Cadets as being leaders, it is also an exercise in teamwork.
“This builds us as a team and a family … So, with this, we are a family. We work together, we work hard and, whatever happens, this is what we do,” said Bisbal.
At the end of the exercise, 4th Squad completed the obstacle course in the shortest amount of time. As the training concluded, one comment stood out beyond all others.
“Never give up, keep moving forward and, no matter what, this is a family. We work together and we are one as a family,” said Bisbal. “Individually we are strong, but together we are invincible.”
Cadet Summer Training brings 8,200 Cadets through Basic and Advanced Camp this summer on Fort Knox. These camps are designed to help challenge, grow and improve various skills and leadership qualities within the Cadets. If you think you have what it takes to be a Cadet or if you are interested in a job after college click the following link: https://my.goarmy.com/info/rotc1/index.jsp?iom=IP08-AUTO-R1NA-BR-XXX-XX-XXX-MO-XX-X-BRCMAC:IP08