From October 19-21, three Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) cadets from North Greenville University completed the 2018 Ranger Challenge. NGU cadets Zach Howerton, Levi Morales, and Erik Sewell joined a team of eight other cadets from Furman University to complete the 19-mile course.
The team traveled to Fort Pickett in Virginia where they competed with nearly 500 other cadets from the Southeastern United States.
The challenge tested the mental and physical endurance of the cadets. They ran three miles, followed by a 16-mile course carrying approximately 40 pounds of gear. The team—whose motto is “one team, one fight”—finished the challenge in ten hours.
Checkpoints were set up along the way of the challenge where cadets had to demonstrate their tactical skills.
“The events ranged from gun range competitions to putting on camouflage, throwing grenades, map reading, and obstacle courses,” said Cadet Erik Sewell. A freshman political science major, Sewell says that the ROTC program has helped him learn time management skills and stay dedicated to his studies.
Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Forshee is proud of the commitment of the three cadets who took part in the challenge.
“They have been training for the past two months,” said Forshee. “It rained during most of the event, which made the challenge even more difficult.”
The Paladin Battalion Army ROTC includes cadets from Furman University, North Greenville University, and Bob Jones University. The battalion operates by three: character, competence, and commitment.
“A good candidate for the ROTC program is a college student with leadership qualities who has two or more years of classes remaining,” said Forshee. “Our cadets are scholars, athletes, and leaders.”
Upon completion of the ROTC program, students become officers in the U.S. Army. However, they have the option of pursuing either a military or civilian career. Active duty officers work full-time in the U.S. Army. Officers in the National Guard and the U.S. Army Reserves complete duties one weekend per month and usually train for two weeks during the summer.
Students who are interested in learning more or becoming a cadet in NGU’s ROTC program contact NGU’s ROTC Enrollment Officer Al Williams at (864) 294-2715.