The Department of Military Instruction at the US Military Academy, West Point has planned another physically and mentally challenging (and fun!) military stakes competition which seeks to achieve, in order, the following four outcomes:
1. Leader Development
2. Showcase Military Excellence
3. Build Relationships
This year’s competition is significantly different from past years and due to its design and purpose, unfortunately, does not offer as many spectator viewing opportunities as in years past. The competition is based on a scenario in which teams are given a mission and ordered to conduct a "Combat Patrol." This patrol will take the teams over a route of very rugged and varied terrain. Along the route the teams will be asked to perform certain mentally and physically challenging events that will afford them the opportunity to showcase their military skills and exercise leadership. The competition route does not offer any comfort facilities nor is it fully accessible to non-tactical vehicles. For these reasons, for the safety of our competitors, and to maintain the integrity of the competition we will not permit fans, supporters and spectators to accompany their teams on their "Combat Patrols."
Photographed: Cadet Company I4 practices their one-rope bridge before Friday's competition.