The Fishburne Military School JROTC Program offers different extracurricular activities. Raider Team, being one of them, is very physical. Raider Team members have a physical workout at each practice where emphasis on upper-body strength and cardiovascular fitness is made. Along with the everyday Physical Training, Team members work on individual events such as the Rope Bridge, First Aid, Land Navigation, 5k (three mile) runs, and the PT test. The workload of an average Raider Team member will prepare them for the various annual competitions against Raider Teams of other High Schools, Prep Schools, Private Schools, and Military Schools.
The Physical Training or PT helps prepare the Raider Team for the PT test that is held at each competition. The PT test consists of three different sub-events: Push-Ups, Sit-Ups, and the Mile run. The goal of the Sit-Up and Push-Up portion of the PT test is to get as many possible repetitions in a certain time period. The time period varies from either one or two minutes for Push-Ups and Sit-Ups consecutively. Both are graded to Military standard. The mile run is just how it sounds. Each cadet is required to run the mile, and the time that it takes from start to finish is recorded for that individual’s score. Each cadet from each competing team must participate in the PT test, and the team with the best average score in each event of the PT test is the winner of that particular event of the Competition.
Land Navigation is a fun, mental, and physical aspect of the Raider Team where members get to use their skills to get from one point in another using only a map, compass, or both. The members have to use their knowledge of map reading to actually navigate their way through the woods, and around obstacles while competing in a timed completion with other teams.
First-Aid is an event that is held at each Raider-Team competition, but is also part of the curriculum in JROTC. In the First-Aid portion of the Competition, Teams as a whole must check for Responsiveness, Breathing, Bleeding, Shock, Fractures, Burns, and Head Injuries on a given victim. First, they must assess what the problem is. The next step is to treat the problems that the victim may have. Third, the victim has to be placed on a litter carry, or basically a stretcher, and carried to a certain point and back. After all this is completed, the members are told how they did in the event, and are graded on a wide variety of specifics according to the “do”s and “don’t”s of what is supposed to be done. This is probably the most meticulously graded event, and most challenging to perform correctly in a short time period. (armystudyguide.com is a great tool to use for both Raiders and others to learn about various topics like first aid, land navigation, etc.)
Rope Bridge is an event that is, in essence, supposed to simulate the correct way to cross an obstacle, such as a river, and get your team and equipment across dry. At the competitions, it is just a simulation, so in most cases, there is no real river or body of water to cross, but the main point is to construct a rope connected to two tree’s and have each team member cross the rope without touching the ground, except to get on and off of the rope. In some cases, the teams have to construct the rope, and tie it to the trees by hand. In all cases, each member has to tie their own Swiss Seat, the seat that is used to hold the team members to the rope, and ensure their safety while crossing. Cadets are encouraged to become efficient at mounting and dismounting the rope with no help. This is another meticulously graded event where a problem may be a safety hazard, and all problems must be fixed prior to the crossing of the rope. In whole, each team member has to be able to tie their Swiss Seat correctly, and the rope must be constructed correctly. In addition to this, team members and their equipment cannot touch the ground while crossing the rope, no more than a set number of team members can touch the rope at one given time, as well as before and after the construction of the rope, it must be laid out in an organized manner. The event itself increases upper body strength, helps with teamwork, and working under pressure.