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Combat-ready soldiers develop Endurance I An Alvarez t ' V Oil uant to he in Texas Techs Coun- 1 e r g u e r i 1 1 a Unit, you ' d better be ready to sweat and push your body to its limit. ■ " We have a high mortali- ty rate. " said Jeffery King, first sergeant. No, Counter- guerilla pledges don ' t die — but they do find that be- coming a member of the organization is a difficult task. For example. King said, during the 1984 fall se- mester Counterguerilla started with 26 initiates and wound up with three new Waiting their turn, Ray Proskeand Courtney Paul get a good look at what awaits them during a field training exercise. Keeping things secure. Master Sgl. Virgil Dillon, Mike Hight and John Francis carefully take pre- cautions. members. " We ' re not looking for quantity. " King said. ' We ' re looking for quality. " King said Countergueril- la ' s purpose is to train ROTC members in small unit tactics and guerilla op- erations. In case of war. Counterguerilla trainees would be combat-ready and able to enter a platoon-type position. Counterguerilla pledges are called Grunts, and they must endure a semester of training before receiving Counterguerilla member- ship. " Not everybody can get in, " King said. Training consists of patrolling and squad tactics; at the semes- ter ' s end. pledges take the Jeff King and Carl Tucker try out the champaign fountain during the " Dining In " activities at the Hil- ton Inn. Grunt test. The Counterguerilla Unit performs field training ex- ercises at the Macy Ranch near Post. In January, the unit underwent rappelling field training exercises, and in February and March, members and Grunts per- formed patrolling field training exercises. In April, the unit participated in a combined rappelling and patrolling field training ex- ercise. King said Grunts work forthe Black Beret. " In the Army, ranger units wear the black beret. " he said. " That ' s what the Grunts work for. " Officers were Carl Tuck- er, commander; King, first sergeant; Courtney Paul, first squad leader; and Mike Hight, second squad lead- er. — Camille Wheeler m Counterguerilla Unit — 297
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;= Cadets receive plenty of Support rom their first military sci- ence courses until being c o m m i s- sioned as officers in the U.S. armed forces. Texas Tech cadets have a con- stantly available support organization. The Army ROTC Asso- ciation, about 50 members strong, provides everything — from the super-formal " Dining In " " with members of the teaching cadre and the cadet corps to the sim- ple " welcome back ' " par- ties for beginning and second-year cadets. In 1984. the association raised money with a turkey shoot. In conjunction with Tech ' s Scabbard and Blade organization and the U.S. Marine Reserve unit in Lubbock, the ROTC asso- ciation also collected toys and helped with the 1984 " Toys for Tots " program. Bob Ashbaugh. an Army ROTC member, stressed the services and social aspects provided to cadets. He explained that ROTC allows room " for a first- or second-year military sci- ence student to talk to a cadet in training or to someone about to be commissioned, so that they can learn what ROTC is all about. " We do everything from sponsoring the Dining-In. which is very formal and for which no one can bring a date unless the date is another cadet, " Ashbaugh continued, " to sponsoring the Military Ball. " The Military Ball offers cadets a chance to get The Counterguerillas practice air assault at Buddy Holly Park. Paiiy Byars Juhe Conway George Herrmann Mike Hight Jeff King Ross Lovelace Bruce McNair Debbie Myers M «» h. s s: ? Lee Oliver :i Ray Proske " S Counney Paul Brclt Sanderson K a •) «i Q 296- - Army ROTC together and have a good time, he explained, and bring along a date if they wish. " It ' s a formal affair, but they may bring anyone. " Ashbaugh said. Scheduled in the spring, the Military Ball is designed to intro- duce cadets to the social life of commissioned officers. Membership is open to all military science and Re- serve Officer Training Corps students. Officers were Bruce MacNair, president: John- ny Sellers, vice president; Irene Salas, secretary; and Sherry Pendergraph, trea- surer. — Sarah Luman Brett Sanderson, Lee Aldridge and Ray Proske " Dine In. " Army ROTC cadets train in a heli- copter from Fort Hood. Rodney Markham An Alvarez
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After budget cuts, rifle team almost Shot Down I f you ' re in- terested in getting in on the ground fl oor of a competitive organization, the Double T Rifle Team may be for you — next year. " Up until a couple weeks ago, the members that were left thought the rifle team just was no more. ' " ex- plained Brian Reddy. trea- surer. " When the ROTC pulled out, the rifle team was hit really hard. " Once affiliated with the joint Army and Air Force ROTC programs at Tech, the rifle team enjoyed spon- sorship and provision of weapons and equipment from the ROTC. Then the budget cuts began. " The rifle team was the first to go, " Reddy said. Jay Lalham Brian Reddy So the team members be- gan assembling, piece by piece, their own rifles and equipment. Then, after the ROTC sponsorship ended, mem- bers of the team believed the organization also had ceased to exist. Reddy said equipment destined for the team wound up at the Stu- dent Recreation Center. " Right now we ' re having a really hard time raising money, " he said. " The way to raise money for a rifle team is to have tourna- ments. Without a range, you can ' t do that. " Texas Tech owns no operable rifle range, and the university ' s long-range planning outlook doesn ' t allow for the construction of a range facility. Reddy said a rifle range at Reese Air Force Base is too far away for the team ' s use. " The range we are using now and will be using in the future is the Marine Corps Reserve range facility. We have some problems with scheduling out there, " he said, " but we expect to be able to work around that. " The group is looking for new members to augment its corps of 1 1 veteran marksmen (and women). No involvement with ROTC is required. Officers were Patty Byars, president, Jay Lathum, vice president; and Reddy, treasurer. — Sarah Luman Practices were few after the team was cut off from the ROTC pro- gram. Equipment became scarce, and the rifle range was inoperable. Kevin Brinktev % i ' Kevin Bnnkley 298 — Double T Rifle Team
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