Seneca Battalion assists with St. Bonaventure University’s Freshmen Leadership Program

Participants cross the Broken Bridge obstacle as part of the Freshmen Leadership Seminar.
Participants cross the Broken Bridge obstacle as part of the Freshmen Leadership Program. The group pictured here did so in four and a half minutes – without speaking.

On Friday, September 25th, the Seneca Battalion invited students from the SBU Freshmen Leadership Program to negotiate the ROTC’s Field Leaders Reaction Course, or FLRC.  Several members of Seneca Battalion instructed 22 freshman participants and their group leaders on three obstacles, the Broken Bridge, the Minefield, and the Wall.

Participants attempt the Wall obstacle at the FLRC
Participants attempt the Wall obstacle at the FLRC

While the FLRC is primarily a course used for ROTC training, it is a challenging event that tests any leaders’ ability to form, communicate, and execute a plan.  While a single leader is not always emphasized on the FLRC, group integrity and teamwork are, and all groups demonstrated that in their time on the course.

Starting at 16:00, participants made their way down to the FLRC and were briefed by CDT Byrne before splitting into groups and heading onto the course.  They were given 20 minutes per obstacle, with five minutes to plan and 15 to execute.

The main objective of the event was to challenge freshman leaders and show them that things they believe to be hard or impossible can be achieved through teamwork and dedication.  Seneca Battalion plans on holding more of these events in the near future.

Participants celebrate successfully completing the FLRC.
Participants celebrate successfully completing the FLRC.
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