Mililani JROTC conducts drown-proof training

| December 5, 2014 | 0 Comments
Staff Sgt. James Elliott, B Co., 209 ASB, instructs Mililani High School AJROTC cadets on various water survival techniques at Richardson Pool, Nov. 15. The training is to prepare cadets for the Junior Lightning Warrior Challenge in January. (Courtesy photo)

Staff Sgt. James Elliott, B Co., 209 ASB, instructs Mililani High School AJROTC cadets on various water survival techniques at Richardson Pool, Nov. 15. The training is to prepare cadets for the Junior Lightning Warrior Challenge in January. (Courtesy photo)

By Cadet Captain Brandee Schiller
Mililani Army JROTC “Trojan Battalion” Public Affairs Officer

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — Mililani High School Army JROTC cadets conducted drown­-proof training at Richardson Pool on Nov. 15 in preparation for the Junior Lightning Warrior Challenge, scheduled for January at Schofield Barracks.

Sixteen Mililani High School JROTC cadets participated in the drown­-proof training under the direction of Staff Sgt. James Elliott, Bravo Company, 209th Aviation Support Battalion, and Schofield Barracks lifeguards. Cadets requested the drown­-proof training to help them obtain water survival techniques, build confidence and overcome fears associated with jumping off the 15-foot platform in the deep end of the pool.

Last year’s Junior Lightning Warrior Challenge consisted of three water-­related events at Richardson Pool: swim relay, underwater equipment recovery, and swimming with a kick board between your legs.

This year will be more challenging. As cadets arrived for the training with swimsuits underneath their ACU pants, they were given a safety briefing and tips for water ­survival techniques. Soon after, they entered the water and began their training.

“I had no idea how difficult this training was going to be,” said Cadet Kendra Kennedy, Mililani AJROTC. “To relax and think about what you are doing and it started working for me. I got so much out of it, it really gave me a lot of confidence and I improved so much.”

“I really enjoyed the training, because I have been swimming and surfing for many years and it was really easy for me to put knots in my ACU pants and inflate them for flotation,” said Cadet Sgt. Timothy Schiller Jr., Mililani AJROTC.

After the drown­-proofing was completed, cadets then climbed up to the 15-foot platform and had to jump off and then take off their ACU pants and perform their drown-­proof survival skills.

“This is what it is all about, falling from a significant height, and getting yourself orientated, not panicking and then learning from your training to take off your pants, knot them and inflate them,” said Cadet Command Sgt. Maj. Darius Usborne.

As the cadets finished the training in a brisk two hours, all of them were successful due to the outstanding leadership and training they received from Staff Sgt. Elliott.

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