Cal Poly will host a competition that seeks to make military leaders today who can lead change tomorrow. This weekend, 11 ROTC programs from California schools — every ROTC program in the Golden State except UC Davis and UC Berkeley — and the University of Nevada at Las Vegas program will arrive at Camp SLO and compete with nine-person cadet teams in a grueling series of tactical and physical challenges. In addition to planning, organizing and executing this year’s event, Cal Poly ROTC will field an outstanding cadet team. The competition begins at 6 a.m. Saturday and continues through the night with land navigation competition in the dark.
Participation in Ranger Challenge offers cadets an opportunity to learn and practice skills beyond those instructed in class and during labs. Events include: an obstacle course; weapon qualification using the M-16 rifle; crossing the Chorro Reservoir in Zodiac boats; leader reaction course; day-and-night-land navigation; calling for and directing artillery; and moving/treating a casualty during a chemical attack — all while carrying 35-pound ruck sacks. Between each event ,the teams will be required to “ruck march” a total distance of 12 miles.
Contact Ken Harris at 805-756-7690 (office) or 805-258-3357 (cell) for more information.