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ROTC military training at University of Richmond

Posted by Terry Alexander

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - If you live near the University of Richmond there's a good chance you heard some low flying helicopters Friday night. It was all part of the university's ROTC military training.

Three black hawk helicopters landed and picked up the UR cadets on the intramural fields at the school.

They flew them to Fort AP Hill for a weekend of real world training in everything from land navigation, obstacle courses to paintball battle drills.

The battalion commander says taking part in these drills will prepare them for real situations when they enter the service.

"We're teaching them these key task, these leader skills and this is really our practical exercise for leader skills. We talk it in the classroom but out here, they're taking care of not just themselves but others'" said UR ROTC Battalion Commander Lt. Colonel Doug Gillem. 

All of the cadets will become second lieutenants when they graduate from college. They plan to return Sunday.

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