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Cowboy Battalion Leadership Labs
Every Wednesday during the school year, all classes of the Cowboy Battalion conduct Leadership Laboratory, commonly referred to as "lab" where all cadets receive training that will help them become successful Army Officers and lessons that will ensure their success at LDAC. The purpose of lab is to provide hands-on leadership training, assessment, and provide fundamental warrior skills training. Lab is held from 1510 to 1700 and will normally meet at Wyoming Hall (WYO Hall). All cadets wear the uniform prescribed for lab throughout the entire day.
During lab MS IV's take on their primary roles as instructors and MS III's assume the roles of company leadership ranging from Squad Leader to Company commander. Each week the focus of training will be different, challenging, and fun. Also, for many labs MSI's will be trained separately from MS II's and III's. Every lab will begin and end with formation for accountability purposes followed by additional duties such as attending the After Action Review (AAR) or lounge clean-up.
The uniform for lab will often require a Ruck Sack, Load Bearing Equipment (LBE), and Kevlar helmet. It is a good idea for cadets who have class immediately before lab to drop off their gear at WYO Hall prior to class.
Lab accomplishes four key ingredients for the ROTC program:
- it builds the planning, preparing, and presentation skills that a MS IV Cadet will need in an appropriate training environment.
- it provides an avenue for the MS III Cadet to improve on their leadership ability by giving them the responsibility of ensuring that the MS II and MS I Cadets are squared away and present for labs.
- it builds the military knowledge of the MS ll and MS I Cadets - which will be critical later in their military career.
- most importantly, it builds the unit's esprit de corps and Cadet's sense of ownership to the Cowboy Battalion and the Army.