Fort Knox, KY. – CLC Cadets tackle the Field Leadership Reaction Course (FLRC) as they hone their leadership skills with team building challenges.
Alpha Regiment, 1st Platoon, 1st Squad spent the morning negotiating the FLRC. Confronted with complex challenges, Cadets use adaptability and improvisation skills to surmount obstacles.
Cdt. Michael Binyaminov, Wentworth Military Academy, a native of Phoenix, Arizona offered some personal insight.
“A lot of us come from different walks of life, we all have different personal experiences in our time with ROTC,” he said, “It is really cool to see when everyone’s different leadership styles come into play, and a lot of us, we go off of each others styles.”
The FLRC builds bonds and allows the Cadets to sharpen their leadership and teamwork skills. The course consists of twelve obstacles designed to reflect challenges that Cadets might encounter as team leaders and problem solvers.
Some of the challenges include transporting barrels and teams across platforms, climbing walls and avoiding obstacles.
Cdt. Joshua Costner, Carson Newman University, a native of Jefferson City Tennessee, offered the following narrative.
“There should always be one clear defined leader that we can filter ideas through, but it is always important for that leader to listen to the intake and ideas of the subordinates,” stated Costner.
With the challenges at FLRC, not every obstacle is a success or can be completed. Leadership is not forgotten.
“We were constantly thinking ahead, planning for any scenario. We worked well together, we just need to execute better and work faster. To be a good leader, you have to be a good follower,” Costner added.
Cdt. Lea Alejandro, University of Nevada Las Vegas, saw positive results after negotiating the course.
“It wasn’t until the team building exercises that I started to get to know my team,” said Alejandro. “I actually see a lot of strong leaders in our team now that I hadn’t seen before.”
CLC Cadets use leadership and teamwork to build upon the foundation they’ve forged with their brother and sisters in arms as the summer gets hotter.