FORT KNOX, KY—Advanced Camp 10th Regiment completed Land Navigation where they put their traditional navigation skills to the test.
“In today’s society, we all want to use a GPS to get us some place. Land Nav is a traditional, no-technology situation where you have to rely on your own skills, and that’s a big challenge,” explained Cadet Michael Murphy, The Citadel.
Cadets are given three hours to find four points spread over a two-mile square course. They are given a compass, a map, and a protector to navigate the course. In order to receive a passing grade for Land Nav, they must find three of the four day points and one of the two night points.
“In real life if your technology fails you on a mission, and you don’t know how to do basic land nav, you could easily get lost,” said Cadet Murphy.
In Basic Camp Land Nav, they do the course in pairs of two. For Advanced Camp they have to complete the course all on their own. Prior to starting the course, each Cadet is fitted with a GPS tracker to keep Cadets accountable in completing the course on their own, and to ensure that Cadets don’t get lost in the training area.
“If an officer gets lost, it doesn’t look too good. If an officer gets their whole platoon or company lost, it’s horrible, the mission is totally failed,” laughed Cadet Murphy.
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