On November 22nd, 2014, the Mighty Rockcastle County Raider Team sent a group of highly motivated young men to compete and represent “The Rock” in the annual “Raider Rally in the Valley” Raider Competition in Campbell County Tennessee. Cadets competed in the following six events throughout the course of the day on Saturday: One Rope Bridge, Cross Country Rescue, Knot Tying, First Aid Test, Map Reading Test, and Strength Test.
The One Rope Bridge consisted of an eight person team that erects a rope bridge across a stream. Teams had to tie their swiss-seat harness and construct the one rope bridge in least amount of time as possible.
The Cross Country Rescue was an event in which an eight man team carried a weighted field stretcher, weighted ammo cans, three 60 lbs. ruck sacks, and 2 jerry cans of water over a 1.0+ mile path. Along the route, each team member had to navigate obstacles with the given equipment. Teams were to complete this event in the fastest time as possible.
The Knot Tying event tested each cadets’ individual skills and knowledge in their knot tying ability. Cadets prepared by learning over 20 different knots. Each cadet was given a series of knots to tie and were judged on the correctness of them.
Map Reading and First Aid skills are critical to a Raider. Each cadet must be educated in reading a topographical map and knowing critical first aid skills. Four cadets were chosen to take a map reading test and the other four took a first aid test.
The most physically challenging event of the competition would be the Strength Test. Cadets were pushed to their physical limits as they had to complete a tire drag, carry a steel pole around an obstacle, one mile run while carrying railroad ties, and complete a push-up bridge. The team with the fastest time won this event.
The Rockcastle JROTC Raider Team competed against top schools from across Kentucky and Tennessee. Each cadet gave 110% effort and represented the community of Rockcastle County with pride.
The Raider Team would like to thank SFC Graves, CPT Thompson, and Mr. Didelot for sponsoring and chaperoning the trip for the weekend.