UNIVERSITY OF THE PHILIPPINES RESERVE OFFICERS' TRAINING CORPS
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TD 12-13: Infantry Rifle Squad and Basic Patrolling, Emergency Rescue and Transfer
20 November 2014 at 2157H

Camouflage face paint, crawling in mud, patrolling, more face paint, and some more mud–ROTC cadets had an overnight training last 14-15 November 2014 (Friday-Saturday).

Camouflage, cover, and concealment are important things to consider in operations as these will help you survive and stay hidden from the enemies.

Cadets applying crushed charcoal and mud on each other's faces as part of the lecture on camouflage.

Cadets applying crushed charcoal and mud on each other’s faces as part of the lecture on camouflage.

Individual movement techniques are also crucial as selection of the proper movement techniques is needed to stay undetected by enemy forces, or to effectively maneuver the squad in case of enemy contact.

Cadets practicing low crawl, high crawl, and rush and drop in the DMST Quadrangle.

Cadets practicing low crawl, high crawl, and rush and drop in the DMST Quadrangle.

After the lectures and exercises have been conducted, the cadets were divided into squads of nine, led by the Cadet Probationary Second Lieutenants. The squads were given missions and conducted a mini-FTX (Field Training Exercise) with the Panther’s Area as their Area of Operations. Even after taps (“sleeping time” for cadets), they still practiced what they learned, taking turns or shifts in guarding and ensuring that all the cadets in the rooms are safe.

For the next part of their overnight training, the cadets were taught ERT: Emergency Rescue and Transfer. They learned how to properly execute the different carries like fireman’s carry, piggyback, lover’s carry, and the different group  carries.

Piggyback (left); CMaj Aniciete preparing to execute lover's carry (top right); and fireman's drag (lower right).

Piggyback (left); CMaj Aniciete preparing to execute lover’s carry (top right); and fireman’s drag (lower right).

 

This is just the first of, hopefully, many more overnight training days to come. Despite the mud, dirt, grass, and more mud, we’re pretty sure the cadets look forward to the next overnight TDs as well.

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