In 1967, the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS) presented West Point with a British officer’s sword. The intent was for the sword to be the prize for a competition, the aim of which was to promote military excellence among the Corps of Cadets. The original purpose statement reads as follows - "To provide the Corps of Cadets with a challenging and rewarding regimental skills competition, which will enhance professional development and military excellence in selected soldier skills."
To deliver the world’s premier international academy military skills competition to inspire Cadets to achieve military excellence in their chosen profession through a rigorous, physical, mental, and leadership challenge that is reflective of combat operations in terms of tempo and tasks.
Each squad is required to perform a series of military tasks along a designated route. Scores are determined by combining the points they earn by performing each military task along the route. Examples of events can include the following: obstacle course navigation, zodiac water crossing, rifle marksmanship, pistol marksmanship, land navigation, leadership evaluation, trauma care, weapon handling skills, basic infantry squad tasks.
Sandhurst Squad Manning
· Squads must include at least two male and two female members. The squad must consist of eleven members; 9x Primary 2x Alternates.
· Alternates will run the entire competition with their squad, each event must be completed with a nine person squad with at least one male and one female member. The Squad Leader can chose to substitute squad members at each event.
· All cadets must volunteer to take part in Sandhurst 2018. There are no restrictions on the number of times a cadet can compete during their time at their respective academy.
· There is no age limit on squad members.
· If a squad member arrives at the competition injured they will not be able to take part in the competition.
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