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New Cadets 'Jump' Into Colonel's Challenge

New Cadets 'Jump' Into Colonel's Challenge

The ROTC Colonel Challenge of 2016 was held at the Challenge Course on August 14-16. New ROTC cadets worked together to complete the ropes course and various exercises, forming new bonds of not only comradery, but also professionalism.

The ropes course soars more than forty feet into the air at its highest point, providing obstacles that require teamwork, strength, and endurance to complete. Most of the new cadets are freshmen and sophomores; working closely with other students they don’t know well yet was part of the challenge.

“There’s no set Living Learning Community for ROTC this year,” explains 2nd Lieutenant Samantha Burr. “We have ROTC members in almost every dorm, as well as off-campus, so it’s especially important to introduce these sorts of group activities.”

More than 20 new ROTC members were present at the Challenge Course, as well as older members of higher rank to help guide them along. The EKU ROTC Cadre was also present to facilitate training.

EKU’s ROTC program participates in several events throughout the academic year, including football games, the Homecoming Parade, and their own hosted events. The Eastern Kentucky University ROTC program has one of the best leadership programs today. The wide curriculum consists of physical training, class, military labs, and an assortment of training exercises that will prepare future officers of the United States Army for the 21st century battlefield. For more information, visit

Published on August 16, 2016

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