Cadets dig deep to finish grueling int'l Sandhurst competition
WEST POINT, N.Y. -- Before the more than 60 squads of cadets could finish the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition here Saturday, one last grueling event stood in their way. In the run up to this event -- dubbed the "Burden" -- cadets had spent roughly 36 hours traversing 30-plus miles through training areas to conduct 10 other events on the grounds of the U.S. Military Academy. Events in the competition included a squad assault, rifle marksmanship, land navigation, an obstacle course and many other strenuous activities designed to measure the grit and competence of cadets in the skills they may one day use to lead others in combat. "It teaches you to excel with excellence in everything you do," Lt. Gen. Robert Caslen, the Academy's superintendent, said of the two-day competition. "It also teaches you the mental and physical toughness, the relentlessness and the disciplin...