Cadets qualify for prestigious Sandhurst Competition

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa
Posted: Mar 29, 2011

A team of Army ROTC cadets from the University of Hawaiʻi will be one of eight representing the U.S. Army Cadet Command at this year’s Sandhurst Military Skills Competition (SANCOM) at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA), West Point, N.Y., April 15-16.
The University of Hawaii team is representing Cadet Command’s Eighth Brigade, which includes all the Army ROTC programs in the states of Alaska, California, Hawaiʻi, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, as well as Guam.
SANCOM, which has run in various configurations since 1967, is a military skills competition featuring teams from the USMA cadet companies, the U.S. Naval Academy, the U.S. Air Force Academy, eight select Army ROTC teams, the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory school and international teams from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (Britain), the Royal Military College (Canada), the National Military Academy (Afghanistan), the Royal Military College (Australia), the Military Academy of Taiwan, and the Chilean Military School.
Each team consists of a nine-member squad (at least one member must be female) and two alternates. The squads must complete a series of challenging military tasks during a rapid, non-tactical move along a partly prescribed seven-mile course. Awards are given to the squad that negotiates the course in the least amount of time, as well as the top squads in marksmanship and orienteering.
The specific skills to be tested during the competition include first aid, rope bridge, marksmanship, navigation and fitness. Squads are also assessed based on such qualities as mental agility; ability to assimilate a problem; decision making in a complex, stressful environment; teamwork and communication.
The University of Hawaiʻi team members are Ernest Bean, Nathaniel Calio, Jason Crawford, Kenny Grant, Michael Lozano, Lester Manding, Jheaniell Moncrieffe, Ethan Pempek, Angelo Uele and Christian Walker.  Alternates are Leah Austin and Victor Lopez.