We marched up to the classroom and gained some knowledge and basic information on the Army’s radio system. It is a really high-tech walkie talkie for the most part. There are hundreds of channels and frequencies to set the radio on. I learned the different “code words” and phrases to use when communicating on the radio. We practiced talking on the radios with other tables in the classroom. I found it to be an entertaining class even if it was just covering the basics. The radio is definitely an effective tool when it comes to communication and movement on the battlefield. Of course another key thing to know is how to use maps to navigate.
We used the battalion classroom to learn how to navigate the land features on topographic maps. We also learned how to use grid points on the military maps to plot different places of reference. From there we could measure the distance and asmyth between two points. Next, we learned how to correctly use a compass to navigate to our next point of reference.
Finally, it was time to put our skills to the test. We verified a pace count for one-hundred meters and had our compass in hand. The drill sergeants gave us a starting point and other grid points to follow. Trekking through the woods was really awesome. At each point there was a code on the point marker we had to write down to verify we were there. The group of five of us didn’t exactly hit our points, but got near enough to see them where we were standing after our distance was met.
The terrain was pretty rough in most places. In the woods, there were hills, creeks, and steep cliffs we had to navigate. Overall, it was one of the best activities I’ve completed thus far. Us privates were out in the woods on our own without the drill sergeants. I think that is what us privates liked the most about it.
Until next time,