International military skills competition at West Point

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WEST POINT – The U.S. Military Academy is hosting the 51st Sandhurst Military Skills Competition to promote excellence among future leaders across the world.  The event began on Friday and continues for a final day today.

Hosted by West Point since 1967, the competition encompasses 49 teams representing 13 international military academies, 16 Reserve Officers’ Training Corps programs, and four U.S. service academies that compete in a rigorous 27-mile course to test individual and squad mastery of military skills.

“The Sandhurst competition teaches cadets the mental and physical toughness, the relentlessness and the discipline that’s necessary to work as a team to accomplish the mission,” said Academy Superintendent Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams. “It also strengthens relationships with our allies and partners to foster multi-national cohesion and interoperability while showcasing the tenacity and grit of future military leaders from across the world.”

After the first day, USMA teams held the top three spotsUSMA will be live on YouTube at 10 this morning for continuous hits throughout the day at Michie Stadium.