Category Archives: Competitions/Regattas

Drill Competition


It was astonishing to see the progress made by our platoons from the start of the semester up until the battalion drill competition on Thursday, 19 April. MIT first platoon kicked it off with a strong performance. I had continuously watched them during drill practice and placed them in the top two spots of the Battalion watch list to who would be taking home the drill competition victory. MIT second platoon, my platoon, was up next. I’m going to be honest I have seen us kick drill a little bit better during practice, but no senior on the bench was going to count practice points that morning. Our fearless leader, MIDN Luerman, called an impeccable drill card, but I felt as though we were off step when passing the CO and the rest of the first class, when perfection mattered . There were two more performances that drew loud applause from the scoring panel, BU second platoon rose the shadows, not even ranked, to what I felt was one of the best performances of the day. Their right oblique was something to marvel at, and their squad leaders were almost robotic in their technique. Bravo, BU, bravo. Then came Marine platoon, the first overall seed, and the fan favorite. MIDN Carroll and I were placing our bets early. I wish I could say I was surprised with the result from the Marine platoon, but I won’t even go into details. They deserved to win through and through, and I was glad to see my fellow 4/C shipmates, MIDN Braunegg and MIDN Craig, take home gold on this one. Overall it was a day of pleasurable surprises, but not one of heartbreak. I would not count any platoon out of the running for honor platoon. Everyone showed fantastic improvement and arrived fearless and prepared. Sometimes though, you just can’t beat the best. Congratulations, Marines.


Written by MIDN 4/C Singley, photos by MIDN 4/C Hubbard


2015 Beaver Cup Regatta

The Beaver Cup Regatta presented a great opportunity for the classes to interact and practice their sailing, and was entertaining for those who watched and cheered from the sides. Although RPI took home the trophy, Holy Cross and MIT/BU finished second and third respectively.

The weather conditions were far from ideal– with wind at 18 knots and 30-35 knot gusts; however all of the schools had great attitudes about getting out on the water and completing all the planned races.  That being said, many midshipman capsized and fell into the river. The water was 44 degrees and even colder beneath the surface.  The midshipman on the shore found it much more comical than those in the water.

MIDN Burns and Mule developed their barbecue skills by manning the grill and while receiving lots of tutelage from the Lieutenants on how to cook the perfect burger.  Their first tries resulted in a couple of black hotdogs and burgers, but by the end of the regatta they had discovered the proper technique.

MIDN Litwin showed off his sailing skills and performed well in all his races.  He also participated in the individual part of the competition, battling the elements alone.  The wind alternated between little to no to wind and uncontrollable gusts, providing difficult conditions for all boats

All of the team races consisted of two-man teams sailing around buoys and fighting for the lead.  RPI boats 12 and 13 dominated the first heat, taking first and second in both races.  MIDN Litwin and Shaffer came in third for the first heat as the first BU/MIT boat to cross the finish line.

Overall, the event was fun, even with the weather, and fostered good relations and a sense of community between the three units.  The BU midshipmen who attended were able to interact with the MIT side of the river allowing for friendships to be made between the classes but also the two battalions.

By MIDN Laura Palomo

2015 Sheehan Cup

SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2015-The Sheehan Cup took place at Boston University this past Saturday. Despite the frigid weather, teams from each of the university’s ROTC programs competed in athletic challenges during this tri-service event.

The day started with swimming relays and the tire flip. Midshipmen dominated every category of the swim events. A valiant effort was put forth by the Air Force and Army teams.

The squad drill event was a close competition eventually won by Army. Army cadets also won first place in both the Ironman and the Ironwoman competitions. These grueling warrior challenges were composed of buddy carries, pushups, sit-ups, sprints, burpees, ammo can runs, and ammo can presses. All of the participants demonstrated exemplary strength and endurance throughout the event.

Maneuver Under Fire (MANUF) is a standard portion of the USMC Combat Fitness Test (CFT). MANUF consists of a 300-yard shuttle run with combat-related tasks including crawls, buddy carries, buddy drags, ammo can runs, agility running, and a grenade throw. The fastest time on this course was run by an Army cadet, while Marine options took second- and third-place finishes.

The final event of the day, which turned out to be perhaps the most competitive, was the tug-of-war. After several contentious rounds, Air Force cadets took first place.

Overall points were determined by team results in each event; three points were given for first place, two for second, and three for third. After a string of Army victories, the Naval ROTC program won the overall competition for the first time.

A Glimpse at Special Warfare

This week the Boston NROTC Consortium was lucky enough to be visited by three US Navy SEALs.  Here for much more than a small talk at lab for those interested, this opportunity was absolutely invaluable.  The three SEALs came and proctored a PST, which is the Physical Screening Test, for the SEAL candidates hoping to put together a package to send to the selection boards hoping to be selected for mini BUD/S.  For the rest of the MIDN not currently applying for mini BUD/S, it was an eye opening experience towards the process and the test itself.

For the candidates, their Tuesday started at the Case Pool at 0700 for a 500 yd swim, then they headed off to the BU Track and Tennis Center for the remainder of the test.  They continued with pull-ups, push-ups, sit-ups, and a 1.5 mile run to finish the morning off.  They then headed back to the BU unit offices for individual interviews with the SEAL/S.  A social was held later that day at Cornwall’s for anyone in the battalion that was interested in meeting them.  Thankfully, for those who were not able to make it to the social, the SEALs came and spoke at the Battalion lab the next morning.

LT Ize-Iyamu spoke on the training necessary and the path that SEAL candidates take on their 67 week journey to become US Navy SEALs.  Then, Senior Chief Newbold spoke on what it takes to be a SEAL and what the MIDN can do to be the best they can be in their respective communities in the Navy.  Captain Morrison, USN, Ret. spoke on the application process as well as how it was changing currently for those applying to BUD/S.  He also shared what he learned after 30 years of being on SEAL teams, leading SEAL teams, as well as boat crews, and imparted one piece to the MIDN which was reiterated multiple times.  “Do the best you can do.  Grow where you’re planted, and you will blossom.”  Before the SEALs departed, they spoke once more with the candidate on preparation for the PST in the future as well as answering any lingering questions.  The visit was highly appreciated, and valued even more, and for the interested MIDN, the opportunity was the beginning of a long road of arduous preparation.  For anyone else, it was a look at a highly popular, yet little known group of elitists.  Go Navy!

By MIDN Bourget

MIT Joint Field Meet

On Wednesday, October 1st, the three branches of the MIT ROTC program met on Briggs Field for the annual Joint-Service Field Meet. The competitions include gorilla ball, ultimate football, and dodgeball with a combat race at the end. Navy has won the MIT Field Meet every year since 2003 and the midshipmen wanted to keep it that way.

DSC00162In the first game of ultimate football, Navy quickly jumped ahead scoring multiple times before Air Force answered back with a touchdown of their own. Navy would go on to win that game by a significant margin. The gorilla ball game was not going as well. Army took control from the beginning of the game by moving the ball down the field quickly and with precision. Despite their best efforts, Navy could not recover that game.

In the second round of games, Navy faced off against Army in dodgeball and against Air Force in gorilla ball. Learning from their first game, Navy came out strong in gorilla ball, quickly putting pressure on the Air Force defense and scoring early. In dodgeball neither team was willing to go down. Army won the first game so going into the second round, Navy knew they had to win to give themselves a chance. After an intense final minute of play, the game was called a tie. Emotions were high on both sides and the intensity could be seen on every cadet and midshipman’s face. Despite the best efforts of the midshipmen on the court, the third round resulted in a tie and Navy was unable to get the overall win.DSC00188

The third round of games had Navy facing off against Air Force in dodgeball and against Army in ultimate football. Wins in both of these games would put the Navy one game behind Army going into the combat race.

The Navy/Army football game is always extremely intense and aggressive. With outstanding effort from both sides, Navy found themselves tied with Army with only a few seconds left. Unfortunately for the Navy defense, Army made their way down the field to score. Despite a great play by MIDN 4/c Gray and great leadership from MIDN 1/c Forsey, Army was able to push past Navy and win.

The final part of the Field Meet was the combat race. This race is a total of 200 yards in length. It begins with a low crawl and high crawl to a water jug carry. From there, a team of four had to fireman carry a partner halfway to the 100 yard mark and then switch positions. At the end of 100 yards, the team had to secure a manikin dummy and carry it all the way back to the start. Midshipmen and Army cadets cheered on their teams, but it was Air Force who came in first.

Standing there for the final Award Ceremony, the midshipmen were disappointed that they had not been able to continue their winning streak but had a fun morning of competition and camaraderie with the other ROTC branches. Next year, Navy will come back more motivated than ever to win the trophy back and return it to its proper place in the Navy wardroom.

MIDN 3/c Monica Shifflet

Navy Falls to Army in Curtis Cup In Close Game, 23-24

P1000203On Friday, 3 OCT 2014, the Curtis Cup was held at New Balance Field between the Boston University Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC branches. The Curtis Cup is an annual flag football tournament during which the different ROTC branches gather in friendly competition.
The event kicked off with an Army vs. Air Force game, which resulted in a victory for Army. As Army and Air Force players were on the field, Navy practiced along the sidelines and tried to keep warm as the night got progressively colder. Finally, Navy was pitted against Army for the second match.

Navy took an early lead with the first touchdown of the game and maintained a 17-7 halftime lead. During the second half of the match, Army made a series of last-minute touchdowns and the game ended in a close 23-24 Army win. The final game was between Navy and Air Force. While Air Force gave it their all, Navy claimed a decisive victory thanks the team’s continued determination under the leadership of MIDN 2/C King and MIDN 2/C Sternstein. Army was awarded the Curtis Cup after four straight years of Navy victories. Despite Navy’s loss, spirits were still high and the night ended with a tri-service “ROTC!” cheer. P1000240
MIDN 1/C Hannah Constantakis commented that “the Curtis Cup is always a fun night of competition, athleticism, and rivalry. Although it was a tough loss to Army, it was great to have the company together!”

The Boston University Curtis Cup tradition not only fosters teamwork and sportsmanship, but provides an opportunity for Cadets and Midshipmen alike to bond over a night of football. Even those who chose not to play watched the game from the sidelines and cheered on

their comrades. Navy may not have taken home the Cup this year, but we certainly gained other things: a belly full of pizza, a heightened sense of community, and the (rare) chance to be humbled.


Written by MIDN 3/c Beryl Fisher

Norwich Levy Challenge

DSC_1316 The reality of the military is somber; brave men die protecting ideals by which we live and craft our society from. One of these men includes 2nd Lt. Walter N. Levy (USMC), a Norwich University graduate who was KIA (Killed In Action) in September 18th, 1968 whilst operating in Quang Nam Province, South Vietnam. The Walter N. Levy Challenge was established to honor Lt. Levy’s name, providing participants the opportunity to push themselves to meet, and then surpass their physical limits.

Competitors from various schools along the New England neighborhood gather at Norwich University to take part in an event like no other. The Old Ironsides Battalion was represented by two teams and an individual, composed by MIDN 2/c Schott, MIDN 2/c Frayne-Reixa, MIDN 2/c Fulton, MIDN 3/c de la Ossa, MIDN 3/c McCoy, MIDN 3/c Gurung, MIDN 3/c Lopez, MIDN 4/c Bourget and MIDN 4/c Holmes. MIDN Schott, McCoy, de la Ossa and Gurung composed the MIT Team, while MIDN Fulton, Lopez, Bourget and Holmes made up the BU Team, while MIDN Frayne did it individually establishing our Battalion’s Marine Option presence.DSC_1294

Participants, competing individually or in teams of four, begin their journey with a 1-mile ruck march up and down a mountain with a 60-lbs rucksack on their backs. Once getting rid of the rucks, participants ran to the next stage involving a lap of carrying either a sandbag (for individuals) or a stretcher with a team-member lying down. Following this stage, a swift jog lead to the Marine Corps O-Course, involving a pull ups, low crawl, log jumps, rope climb, hiking up a short, yet steep hill with two ammo cans, target shooting and then running back through the rest of the course which involved low crawl and logs. Following the O-Course, a water-resupply evolution demanded individuals to carry water jugs around a basketball court; each person had to carry one. More pull ups and bear crawls led to more challenges, but perhaps the obstacle participants will remember the most would be the low crawl in the muddy, 50 OF water for about 15 yards. Following that, a long walk in a river- Yes, IN a river- provided competitors an opportunity to refresh themselves in the nippy water. After a refreshing mile-long stroll in the water, participants were given rubber-ducks (toy guns, in this case M16 rifles) and hiked up what seemed like a never ending hill. Upon completion of this hike, participants were given a memento, a device that would allow them to complete the challenge, this case being a dog-tag.

The completion of the challenge meant the completion of a 7.5 mile obstacle course, but in a deeper sense, it meant honoring one of the countless men and women that have suffered the ultimate sacrifice to protect and serve the United States. A simple 7.5 mile, 2.5 hour endurance course does not compare to the real challenges faced in the battlefield, in which Soldiers, Marines, Sailors and Airmen go days without rest. It is but an opportunity to better gaze the reality of the military; the reality that servicemen and women are guaranteed a ticket to leave the homeland, but sometimes it can be a one-way trip.


By MIDN 3/c Juan Lopez

Photo Credit: LT Blair/ MIDN 2/c Frayne