Wolfhounds compete to be battalion’s ‘eyes & ears’

| November 15, 2013 | 0 Comments
A Soldier from 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, jumps off the high dive during the Combat Water Survival Assessment, Nov. 6. (Photo by Lt. Grace Lu, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division)

A Soldier from 2-27th Inf. Regt., 3rd BCT, 25th ID, jumps off the high dive during the Combat Water Survival Assessment, Nov. 6. (Photo by Lt. Grace Lu, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division)

Sgt. Karenlee Axe
2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Inf. Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The Scouts of 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division, held an assessment to evaluate Soldiers on East Range, here, Nov. 5-7.

The physically demanding challenge was to determine if any Wolfhounds could make the cut for the Scout Platoon. Any Soldier within the unit who is in good standing in the eyes of the command and has the desire to part of the scouts may to try out for the platoon.

“I like to take every opportunity given to me,” explained Pvt. Tyler Szczecina, Company B.

East Range obstacle course (Photo by Lt. Grace Lu, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division)

East Range obstacle course (Photo by Lt. Grace Lu, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Inf. Division)

Szczecina has been with the unit less than six months and got the chance to go out for the Scout Platoon because of the outstanding level of physical fitness and professionalism he demonstrated.

As a member of a Scout Platoon, Soldiers often operate in decentralized locations that require highly motivated, disciplined and competent warriors to be successful.

During the assessment, the candidates began their days as early as 4:30 a.m. Events included the Ranger Physical Fitness Test, Combat Water Survival Assessment, day and night land navigation, a 3-mile run combined with an obstacle course, a 12-mile road march with a three-hour time limit and a selection board.

“The Scout assessment is intense and well-rounded training used to test the knowledge and limitation on how far you will push yourself,” said Spc. Edward Marshall, Headquarters and Headquarters Co. “It really introduces a new aspect of battle by introducing reconnaissance and surveillance opposed to focusing primarily on destroying the objective.”

In conjunction with assessing Soldiers and their ability to make it in the Scout Platoon, chosen candidates will also be evaluated to go immediately into the pre-Ranger program in preparation for Ranger School.

Of the 29 Soldiers who tried out for the platoon, only 13 were selected.

 

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