Seven cadets from the Rockcastle County JROTC Raider team participated in the Mountain Raider challenge this Saturday, April 14th, hosted by the Knox County JROTC Program and members of the National Guard on the Harold L. Disney National Guard Training Site in Artemus, Kentucky.
The competition started with the APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test) that required girls to get 19 push-ups and 53 sit-ups, and boys to get 42 push-ups and 53 sit-ups, along with a two-mile run at the end. The challenge also included several other tasks such as completing a grueling obstacle course, repelling down a four-story tower, a land navigation test (cadets were required to utilize an azimuth compass to find and record the paces and positions between 4 points placed adjacent to the obstacle field and a near-by forest), and the final first-aid test that required cadets to apply their knowledge of first-aid to a thirty question test.
The last event of the day was a three-mile ruck march in which cadets were required to carry their filled canteens and a nine-pound drill rifle while marching alongside the other schools at the event without falling behind the rescue van following them. After the march was the final award ceremony. Cadets Cager Doan, Amber Doan, Cody Morris, and Lydia Walker all received the prestigious Mountain Raider tab, and the Rockcastle County Raider team won the overall event, bringing home the Mountain Raider trophy. Congratulations to all the cadets who participated in the challenge and thank you to the Knox County JROTC and the Kentucky National Guard for setting up and managing the event!