Cadets learn leadership skills through physical, mental challenges

| April 9, 2010 | 0 Comments

Army and Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadets work with 25th Infantry Division Soldiers to hone survival, leadership skills

Story and Photos by
Cadet / Lt. Col. Kayla Floyd
Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Brigade, Leilehua High

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — During spring break 2010, more than 340 cadets from Army and Air Force Junior ROTC spent the week at the 39th annual JROTC Cadet Leadership Challenge, sponsored by 25th Infantry Division, at Area X, here, March 12-18. 

A cadet rappels 30 feet off a cliff during the annual Army and Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Cadet Leadership Challenge, sponsored by 25th Infantry Division, at Area X on Schofield Barracks, March 12-18. Cadets participated in adventure training while honing their leadership skills.

Sixteen high schools with JROTC programs throughout the state attended the event, which gives the cadets an opportunity to participate in adventure training while honing their leadership skills.  

Cadets were challenged in such events as building the the rope bridge, rappelling, drown-proofing, the leadership reaction course and cross-terrain road marches. In the evenings, motivational speakers provided presentations that ranged from “Making Your Mark” by Ed Gerety to drug resistance by Gary Shimabukuro.

During the week, cadets practiced leadership and citizenship skills in an unfamiliar environment.

The Leadership Reaction Course challenged them to work as a team while experiencing hands-on critical thinking to solve leadership problems.

The cadets encouraged each other to rappel 30 feet off the side of a cliff on East Range, here, using commercial seats. Some cadets were nervous, but with the motivation of others in the group, each cadet experienced an adrenaline rush from the top of the cliff to the bottom.

In preparation for the JCLC Spring Camp, cadets were selected from each school and challenged mentally and physically for the Advance JCLC Cadet Leadership Challenge positions. Then the AJCLC cadets taught the JCLC cadets to open up and test themselves during the challenges. 

After arriving at Area X, cadets went through in-processing and pitched tents they would sleep in throughout JCLC. 

Team work and leadership is stressed at the Leadership Reaction Course, which tested the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets ability to work as a team while experiencing hands-on challenges that required critical thinking to solve leadership problems.

Many organizations contributed their expertise and support toward making this year’s camp a resounding success, including Army JROTC instructors and  sponsor units from the 4060th Multi-Functional Training Brigade, the Army Reserve, the 93rd Civil Support Team, the Hawaii National Guard, the University of Hawaii ROTC, and Soldiers from the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

The number one objective of JCLC was for cadets to have fun while “learning to lead.

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