Challenged: Hawaii JROTC hones leadership skills

| March 22, 2013 | 0 Comments
A cadet from Roosevelt High School rappels down a 60-footwall during a JROTC leadership        challenge on East Range, here, Tuesday.

A cadet from Roosevelt High School rappels down a 60-footwall during a JROTC leadership challenge on East Range, here, Tuesday.

Story and photo by
Sgt. Brian Erickson
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs,
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — More than 400 Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadets from high schools across Hawaii gathered here, March 18-21, for the annual JROTC Leadership Challenge.

For most high school students, “spring break” is a time to enjoy a few days without homework and getting up early for class, but that is not the case for these selected JROTC cadets.

For four days on Schofield, cadets attended leadership classes and applied their learning experience to practical applications with their respective groups.

The cadets were mixed together and broken down into four training groups.

“The cadets are mixed together to learn how to work with people they have never met, said retired Lt. Col. Antoinette Correia, a JROTC program manager.

JROTC cadets carry a simulated casualty as they maneuver through the obstacle course during a JROTC leadership challenge on East Range, Tuesday. (Photo by Spc. Joseph Crouch, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion Public Affairs, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

JROTC cadets carry a simulated casualty as they maneuver through the obstacle course during a JROTC leadership challenge on East Range, Tuesday. (Photo by Spc. Joseph Crouch, 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion Public Affairs, 3rd Bde. Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division)

During the leadership challenges, cadets were required to stick to the values taught to them: courage, adaptability, discipline, enthusiasm and teamwork.

Tuesday, the Leaders Reaction Course and an obstacle course, here, challenged cadets. At the same time, over on the East Range, cadets rappelled down a 60-footwall and also completed a rope bridge obstacle.

The skills the student learned through the leadership challenge will be carried with them as they move on in life, stated Correia.

The event concluded on Thursday with a graduation ceremony, during which the cadet leadership was recognized for the outstanding job they performed during the event, along with awarding the team that proved to be the best team.

“The event has taught me how to be a leader in a big group,” said Briahna Rivera, cadet brigade commander, Waianae High School. “I will be able to take this back to school with me and be a better leader.”

The overall goal for the event was to have fun while learning to lead and “to motivate young people to become better citizens,” the mission of the JROTC.

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