* Purdue Army ROTC
* Camp Atterbury

March 27, 2007

Purdue's Boiler Battalion to join other cadets for spring training


Purdue's Army ROTC cadets will participate in a spring training exercise this week at Camp Atterbury near Edinburgh, Ind.

From Thursday evening (March 29) to Sunday (April 1), the Purdue cadets will move into a field environment with cadets from a number of other universities in Indiana and Ohio. For the next three days, the cadets will participate in a variety of challenges.

"This field training exercise allows cadets to gain experience working with unfamiliar people under a stressful environment," said Lt. Col. Dan Carpenter, head of the Army ROTC department and professor of military science and leadership. "While all the exercises are rewarding for the cadets, the highlight for many of them will be an orientation ride aboard UH-60 'Blackhawk' helicopters provided by the Indiana Army National Guard."

Training also will consist of land navigation during day and night, a confidence course, outdoor living, road marching, rappelling, and leadership exercises such as computer simulations, paintball matches and obstacle courses.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089,

Sources: Dan Carpenter, (765) 494-2099,

Maj. Tim Merriott, recruiting officer, (765) 494-2106,

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096;

Note to Journalists: Journalists are welcome to observe the training exercises. To make arrangements, contact Maj. Tim Merriott at (765) 494-2106,, or Lt. Col. Dan Carpenter at (765) 494-2099,

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