McWherter Completes ROTC Assessment Course

Aug. 3, 2009

Warrior Forge launches many careers
Military: Fort Lewis ROTC program finds who's best of the best

SCOTT FONTAINE; The News Tribune

FT. LEWIS, Wash. - Alyson McWherter walked back to her barracks room and sank into her bed. She was physically, mentally and emotionally spent. Her feet throbbed. Her shoulders ached. She hadn't slept well in days.

Three days earlier, a fellow ROTC cadet died during night training; she was part of the search team sent into the forests of Fort Lewis early in the morning to search for him.

Two days of land-navigation exercises followed, one at day and one at night. Cadets navigated the forest with a map and compass and were told to find a series of checkpoints. The pressure was omnipresent: How a cadet performs can determine if he or she will receive the job they want, or even if a spot on active duty awaits them.

The three grueling days earlier in July had pushed the 21-year-old to her limits.

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