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APSU to be invaded by future military leaders

Dressed in fatigues and ready for battle, more than 300 JROTC from 20 schools in four states will invade Austin Peay State University for the 2008 JROTC Raider Challenge.

The competition will take place from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 in Memorial Health Building.

Hosted annually by the APSU Governors Guard, the Raider Challenge tests the skills of area high school JROTC cadets through eight events designed to build camaraderie, team unity and citizenship.
Dressed in fatigues and ready for battle, more than 300 JROTC from 20 schools in four states will invade Austin Peay State University for the 2008 JROTC Raider Challenge.

The competition will take place from 7 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 23 in Memorial Health Building.

Hosted annually by the APSU Governors Guard, the Raider Challenge tests the skills of area high school JROTC cadets through eight events designed to build camaraderie, team unity and citizenship.

This year, cadets from Tennessee, Kentucky, Indiana and Alabama high schools will participate in the following events: the Humvee Pull (team pulling military vehicle 100 meters); Army Physical Fitness Test (push-ups, sit-ups and run); Litter Carry; Rope Bridge; Ruck Sack Relay; Blind Man's Bluff; Drill and Ceremony; Weightlifting; and Grenade Toss.

Cadets are unable to prepare for the final “mystery” commander's event, as it is kept secret until the day of the challenge.

Concessions will be available for purchase, with proceeds benefiting APSU's Cadet Club.

For more information, contact the APSU Department of Military Science and Leadership by telephone at (931) 221-6149. -- Melony A. Jones