Cadet Diocares cleans his M4A1 rifle after finishing the qualification range at the Schofield Barracks. Cadets are required to proceed to the east range for land navigation training after completion of the the qualification range.
Cadets engage themselves in “group and zero” round where they are required to form a tight shot group in order to zero their weapon. They are required to pass this round to progress to the qualification training range.
Superlab is more than just a typical day for the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) cadets.
The event started early at 5:30 a.m. on Feb. 29 at Schofield Barracks, heading right into the first training event just off of the Lightning Academy. There are two locations used throughout the day: the East Range (ER) and the Qualification Training Range (QTR). Two companies, Alpha and Bravo, took turns in three different phases. Alpha Company started with land navigation at the ER while Bravo Company shot rifles at the QTR.
One major training event is land navigation, where cadets find ‘points’ out in the wild using an 8-digit grid coordinate, map, compass and protractor. At the QTR the cadets first zero M4A1 rifles then go to a qualifying range with pop-up targets for the second major training event.
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