The Spartan Battalion had a busy March in terms of planning and completing their spring Leadership Development Exercise (LDX) at Fort Custer. The LDX was a weekend long exercise that not only focused on leadership and development as future officers, but it also provided realistic training on tactics and skills that are useful in the Army.
The Cadets arrived to Fort Custer on CH47 Chinook Helicopters on Friday morning and spent Saturday and Sunday training on leadership, tactical, and staff-centric tasks. Initially, Cadets participated in classes on military radio procedures, platoon patrol base operations, and key leader engagements in order to prepare Saturday and Sunday missions.
Training throughout the weekend included land navigation where Cadets plotted given grid coordinates on a map and searched for the points using only a compass and map. They also took part in platoon operations where a senior Cadet led the platoon through a series of lanes that dealt with cultural awareness and reaction to enemy contact. In between the major training events, there were team-building exercises where as a squad, Cadets would use critical thinking skills and teamwork to overcome obstacles in a timely matter.
The weekend concluded with digital training consisting of Electronic Simulator Training (EST), where Cadets practice marksmanship on a virtual range, and evacuation of an overturned Humvee. The weekend was a successful training event for MSU Spartan Battalion and would not have been possible without months of planning and logistics from MSU Cadre and senior Cadets.