Mount Olive's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Raider Team

Mount Olive's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Tackles the Raider Team Competition!

On the 2nd of November, 15 members of Mount Olive's Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) Raider Team competed at the Piscataway High School Raider Challenge taking home 2nd Place! The competition drew 11 teams total from 5 different AFJROTC units across New Jersey and 1 from Pennsylvania.

Raider Team is the most physically demanding extracurricular activity within JROTC and was originated by the Army JROTC to mirror the Army's Ranger Challenge. The cadets train on a weekly basis building up endurance and core strength in order to tackle the physical challenges during competition.

At the competition, each team consisted of 2 females and 3 males who competed in 4 different events. The first event was the Logistics Relay, which entailed the team of five running through an obstacle course of simulated barb wire, 20 lbs. ammo can lifts, giant tire flip, and then back under the simulated barb wire all the while dragging a 50 lbs. weighted bag. All three of our teams mastered the course and were now amped for the next challenge: the Physical Fitness Assessment (PFA).

The PFA consisted of 1-minute each push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups, and a 1-mile run. Each member had to push themselves to their max in each callisthenic and then top it off with a timed 1-mile run. The 5-member's results were combined for an average team score.

With no rest for the weary, the teams were off to the 3k Litter Carry. According to Cadet Captain Justin Nguyen, "this was by far the most challenging event." The teams filled 5 sandbags and loaded their litter for a 3k jaunt through the woods. Now exhausted, it was time for the final challenge: the tug-of-war.

The 5-member teams were pitted against each other in a head-to-head battle. Although Mount Olives' teams were eliminated in the early rounds, one Mount Olive cadet was still in the mix. At the beginning of the competition, one of the teams from Sayreville War Memorial High School was short one male athlete. Cadet James Andrews stepped up and offered to fill their vacancy in order for them to compete. That demonstration of JROTC comradery would prove beneficial for the Sayreville team in the tug-of-war. Andrews anchored their team through each challenger in route to their ultimate tug-of-war victory that led to the celebration of Sayreville and Mount Olive teams hoisting Andrews onto their shoulders!

This level of sportsmanship and comradery is what these competitions are all about. Of course, taking home the 2nd place trophy certainly made it worthwhile!

Raider Team cadets tackling the physical challenges of the course.

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