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Public Affairs : West Point to Host Sandhurst Competition

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                  RELEASE NO. 05-12


WEST POINT, N.Y. – More than 400 cadets from military academies and universities around the world will compete in the 46th annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition Saturday, April 21, at Camp Buckner starting at 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The competition is free and open to the public. Spectator parking will be indicated along Route 293. Information about where to go to best view the competition will be provided at the Sandhurst Visitor's Booth.

The defending champion team from West Point’s company B3 will attempt to retain the title against teams from; U.S. Naval Academy; U.S. Air Force Academy; eight select university ROTC teams; U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School; United Kingdom’s Royal Military Academy Sandhurst; 35 teams from West Point; Canada’s Royal Military College; Afghanistan's National Military Academy; Chilean Military School; Australia’s Royal Military College at Duntroon; and Spanish Military Academy.

Teams are comprised of eight men and one woman. The competition consists of 11 different events ranging from marksmanship to water crossings and tests individual and team military skills as well as athletic proficiency. Teams accumulate points during the rigorous competition, and have the opportunity to earn up to 1000 points throughout the course.

The competition originated in 1967 when the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst presented a sword to the U.S. Military Academy. The inscription on the sword reads: “To provide the Corps of Cadets with a challenging and rewarding regimental skills competition, which will enhance professional development and military excellence in selected soldier skills.” From then on, an annual event has been held to do just that.