Missouri State University’s Bear Battalion returned to campus with a first-place trophy after competing against eight regional schools at the annual Taskforce Leonard Wood ROTC “Ranger Challenge” on Oct. 28-29.
The men’s team successfully defended its title after it took an early lead and pulled away from the competition as the day went on.
While the women’s team was initially impeded by an early setback, it rallied throughout the day and closed a gap of almost 2.5 hours, and finished only five minutes behind first place.
The competition, spread out over a 15-mile course through rough terrain, included several physical, technical and knowledge-based tests.
These events included an obstacle course, land navigation with a map and compass, weapons assembly and disassembly, survival skills and military knowledge and doctrine.
They learn to lead
The purpose of the competition, according to Lieutenant Colonel Scott Morris, department head and professor of military science, is to provide cadets with a challenging team-building event.
“They increase their military proficiency and knowledge on critical skills — they learn to lead,” said Morris. “They learn that as a team, they can do more. They can push themselves farther, overcome obstacles and win.”
These team-building and personal growth objectives directly relate to the core purposes of Missouri State’s ROTC program.
“ROTC teaches young men and women to be adaptive leaders. It develops their ability to solve complex problems and think critically,” said Morris. “Our program builds off of the education that cadets get at school, emphasizing values and leadership to produce leaders of character for the nation.”
A Military Friendly® School, Missouri State’s Bear Battalion has developed leaders since 1952.
For more information, contact Morris at 417-836-4357.