TROY Army ROTC cadets make mark on Fort Benning

Posted: Friday, 17 February 2012

TROY –Troy University Army ROTC cadets showed their leadership skills and physical prowess in a Leaders Reaction Course at Fort Benning, Ga.

Thirty-two junior-level cadets were evaluated by Army and ROTC instructors to see how they stack up against other junior-level cadets nationwide in a series of challenging obstacles designed to test effective leadership, situational thinking and adapting to challenge with limited resources to complete the mission.

The training was conducted on Saturday, Feb. 11.

"I feel like the training we receive at Troy University is doing a great job preparing us, not only for evaluations like (LRC), but to be a good leader in the Army," said Cadet Taylor Oaks, a junior criminal justice major from Charlotte, N.C.

The LRC, serves as a springboard for junior-level cadets to advance in their military science studies and challenges their cooperation and creativity skills. The obstacle course challenge competition was open to both junior- and senior-level ROTC students. It consists of a series of demanding physical requirements and is based on technique and time.

"The day was very challenging for the cadets. The LRC enabled the cadets to put valuable leadership skills they learned at Troy University Army ROTC to use in difficult and challenging scenarios," said SFC Curtis Reid, a military instructor at TROY.

TROY Army ROTC cadets are members of the "Bayonet Battalion," which also includes Army ROTC students at Auburn University Montgomery. While the entire battalion performed well – all five final obstacle course competitors are its members – the top three performers were CDT Michael Brown, a social science major from Wetumpka; CDT Michael Farrar, a criminal justice major from Las Vegas, N.M.; and CDT Stephen Scott, a senior health and human services major from Prattville.

To learn more about TROY's Army ROTC program, contact the program at 334-670-5623, or visit them on the web at


Troy University Army ROTC cadets David Yoon, a senior criminal justice major from Columbus, Ga., left, and Anna Austin, a senior medical science major from Nacogdoches, Texas, right, help a fellow cadet over an "electric fence" as part of the Bayonet Battalion's rotation through an obstacle course during Leaders Reaction Course last weekend at Fort Benning, Ga. (TROY photo)