This past weekend, the West Chester ROTC cadets concluded their highly anticipated field training exercises, or FTX, which is held toward the end of each semester. The FTX offers a chance for the West Chester University cadets to have the chance of working with members of ROTC Programs from other campuses such as Widener, Villanova, and Penn State Abington. During FTX, cadets are challenged with rigorous tasks that test their character and knowledge of fundamental skills needed for a successful future in the United States military. This FTX, cadets tested their character with the confidence course. Climbing up high structures and uneven surfaces provides a chance for cadets to get out of their comfort zone and face fears that have always overwhelmed them. Juniors also had a chance to lead squad tactical exercise lanes, or STX lanes, where they would be evaluated on their leadership skills where they will ultimately be tested this summer at Ft. Lewis in Washington. After three long days of training, West Chester cadets returned back Sunday evening to deserve a little well-earned R&R.
Paul Wysocki is a fourth-year student majoring in biology. He can be reached at PW721627@wcupa.edu.