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Missouri S&T Stonehenge Battalion recently conducted their Fall Semester Field Training Exercise (FTX) on Fort Leonard Wood from 20-22 Oct. 2023. Over the course of this training event, Cadets had the opportunity to hone their skills and develop confidence in their ability/equipment to prepare them for their future military careers.
Marksmanship, an essential Soldier Skill, was tested during this training event. As part of the Army’s weapons qualification table, our Cadets completed weapon familiarization, Preliminary Marksmanship Instruction (PMI), and conducted the Engagement Skills Trainer (EST). The EST is a simulation-based system that enables realistic training without using live ammunition. Marksmanship training culminated in our Cadets qualifying on the Army’s M4 Qualification Table through live ammunition.
On the second day of training, Cadets were given the opportunity to apply their training on Land Navigation. Cadets were given a map of the 200+ acre training area and then assigned grid point locations to navigate to and from. All Cadets were successful in locating their designated points, demonstrating their proficiency in map reading and route planning in both day and nighttime scenarios.
On the final day of the FTX, Cadets navigated down a 47-foot-tall Rappel Tower and completed the Fort Leonard Wood Confidence Course. Cadets were challenged both physically and mentally, building confidence in both their ability and military equipment. Cadets completed obstacles such as sliding down a three-story one-rope bridge, a rope climb, 6-foot wall hurdles, and the Jacobs Ladder (pictured below).