• May 18, 2022
 West Point Cadet from El Paso to compete in annual Sandhurst Competition

Justice_McKenrick – Photo courtesy West Point

West Point Cadet from El Paso to compete in annual Sandhurst Competition

WEST POINT, NY – The U.S. Military Academy will host the 52nd Sandhurst Military Skills Competition with U.S. teams only on April 16 and 17, and a native El Pasoan is set to compete with his squad.

Justice Mckenrick be competing in this annual historic event and was selected to be Squad Leader (team captain) for his respective team

This year’s competition will consist of U.S. teams only encompassing 44 teams representing, 25 U.S. Military Academy teams, 16 Reserve Officer Training Corps programs and three U.S. service academies.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, international teams will not participate this year but will compete in Sandhurst 2022.

“West Point will incorporate risk-mitigation measures and leverage best practices from the Army and our cadet summer training model, which has been refined to enable a world-class competition and crucible event,” said Col. Alan Boyer, Director of Department of Military Instruction. “The competition showcases the tenacity and grit of future military leaders as well as highlights the importance of trained, disciplined and fit cohesive teams to combat readiness.”

Hosted by West Point since 1967, teams will compete in a rigorous 36-hour course to test warrior spirit, cohesion, and dedication to mission accomplishment. At the end of the competition, one team will be crowned the Sandhurst champion. The winner is selected by team performance at the obstacles as well as the speed in which they are completed.

The champion will be awarded the Reginald E. Johnson memorial plaque, a mounted cadet saber, named for a Sandhurst competitor who perished during the land navigation phase in 1980.

There will also be awards presented to the top ROTC team and top squad leader.

ROTC Teams: University of Texas A&M, James Madison University, Embry-Riddle University, University of North Georgia, Brigham Young University, Austin Peay University, College of William and Mary, Oregon State University, University of Louisville, University of South Florida, Gonzaga University, Stephen F. Austin State University, Austin State University, Marquette University, St. John’s University, Iowa State University, Lehigh University, Slippery Rock University, and Marquette University.

Service Academies: U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, and U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

Group photos of the cadet teams who are competing in the 2021 Sandhurst competition on the Plain on March 29, 2021 at West Point, NY. Sandhurst is the world’s premier international academy military skills competition that inspires excellence through rigorous physical and mental challenges that reflect the tempo, uncertainty and tasks of combat operations. (U.S. Army Photo by John Pellino/USMA)

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