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CHS cadets train at Fort A.P. Hill

From LTC (R) Bob Pyner, Senior Army Instructor at Caroline High School:


Caroline High School Army JROTC Cadets Train at Fort A.P. Hill


On October 10th the corps-of-cadets, military instructors, and chaperons deployed to Fort A. P. Hill for some quality training.  The purpose of the trip was to provide the cadets a team building opportunity.  The cadets had the opportunity to negotiate the confidence course and leaders’ reaction course.



The confidence course challenged the cadets by offering various obstacles each with a differing degree of difficulty.  Aggressive and motivated, the cadets tackled each obstacle.  In short order, they learned a lot about decision making, team work, and their individual level of physical fitness.

Once they mastered the confidence course, they headed to the challenge of the Leaders’ Reaction Course.  This training site, with its multiple scenarios, is designed to assess a squad’s ability to work together to accomplish a mission.  It also provided a snapshot of individual decision making, physical fitness, problem solving, and leadership potential.  The third year cadets were the instructors at this site.  Many of the scenarios involved negotiating a water obstacle….you guessed it, many wound up in the drink!!  At the end of the training, an all-star team of first and fourth year cadets squared off to see who best could negotiate a very difficult task. The teams gave it everything they had, but in the end, it was the fourth-year cadets who prevailed.



MSG Payne, their Army Instructor said, “The cadets are a highly motivated and impressive group of young people.  They are a joy to work with!”  Congratulations to all the cadets on their outstanding performance!!  Also, thanks to our chaperons and to the staff at Fort A.P. Hill for their outstanding support of this quality training event.



(For additional information:  LTC (R) Bob Pyner @ (804) 633-6013 or