Spring 2018 Joint Leadership Development Exercise

March 23-25, 2018 - By Cadet Jessica Kontur

The CMU ROTC Chippewa Battalion and Ferris State ROTC Bulldog Company participated in a spring Joint Leadership Development Exercise (JLDX) from 23-25 MAR 2018 at Fort Custer.  The purpose of this exercise was to learn more about marksmanship, land navigation and military leadership, and to ultimately put these skills to the test in a field environment.  Cadets spent most of Friday in the leadership reaction course forming better team cohesion and brushing up on basic skills, such as movements and the fundamentals of shooting for the following day.  Saturday consisted of STIX lanes going over movement to contact and react to contact.  The cadets ended their weekend at the Land Navigation course on Sunday.  Overall, the JLDX experience gave cadets a better feel for what camp may be like this summer, as well as a refresher on basic skills.

Image of cadets training on a leadership reaction course at Fort Custer.Image of cadet marksmanship training at Fort Custer.

Image of cadet marksmanship training at Fort Custer.


 Join​t Leadership Development Exercise 2017

by Cadet Alex Kraft

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Fall FTX - October 2017

by Cadet Lauren Olmstead

Our Fall FTX took place at Rodger's Heights in Big Rapids, Michigan.  Ferris State University and Central Michigan University cadets came together for a weekend of learning and training.  The main focus of this FTX was land navigation.  Immediately after arriving at Rodger's Heights on Saturday morning, multiple MS IV cadets had different classes to teach to all MS I, MS II and MS III cadets.  Classes were on map reading, using a compass and identifying terrain features.  Upon completion of the classes a Land Navigation Exam was given.  All cadets participated in a Land Navigation exercise set up in Rodger's Heights woods.  MS I's and MS II's were paired up while MS III's went alone.  MS IV's were walking around in the lanes to ensure safety.  After dinner the MS III's went out again for night land navigation while the MS I's and II's were taught more classes by MS IV's on camouflaging and setting up sleeping shelters.  Overall, cadets learned how to use and read a map, land navigate and successfully set up shelters. 

Image of cadets reviewing maps at the Fall FTX

Cadets Tyler Goode and Autumn Green

Image of Cadet Ben Harris reviewing map at the Fall FTX.

Cadet Brad Harris