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Joint Field Training Exercise (JFTX) at Fort McCoy

Posted by UWSP ROTC - October 29, 2012 - Academics, Featured, Military Science

Every year, the UW-Stevens Point ROTC Department puts on the Joint Field Training Exercise (JFTX) and this year was no exception. The Pointer Battalion put on an exhilarating, high-tempo event. With students from MSL 101 and MSL 201, the Pointer Battalion set out for a very fun filled Saturday at Fort McCoy, Wis. Students were broken down into four groups led by a senior cadet who brought them through four stations. [Photo Gallery]

Confidence Course – Students faced their fears and gained confidence through the confidence course. Through physical effort and confidence students scaled walls, climbed ropes, and balanced across small boards that hovered up to 15 feet above the ground and occasionally over water.

Engagement Skills Trainer (EST) – Students participated in an indoor simulation that allows individuals to get the feel for shooting an M16 rifle. Individuals are able to zero their weapon and perform a qualification. There are also many different scenarios that help teach rules of engagement.

Paintball – Students were taught basic movement techniques with teams and then were able to put their skills to the test. Groups were split into two teams and were able to battle against each other in a paintball match. 10,000 paintballs later students were educated in the art of movement techniques, covered in paint, and very excited about their experience.

Rappelling – Again students put their courage to the test and pushed their fears aside. With rappels from a 34 and a 55 foot tower, students learned how to tie a rappel seat and properly perform a safe rappel.

The day was a success and another JFTX has passed. Preparation is already being made for next year. Will you take on the challenge?

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