Sandhurst competition: A visitor’s guide

From the Department of Military Instruction’s website

April 18th, 2013 | News and Features
Members of the Royal Military College of Canada will return to participate in the 2013 Sandhurst Military Skills Competition. For family members and friends of all the competitors, this page will guide you to the days and times of the competition, where to park and various dos and don’ts of the two-day event. For details on the Sandhurst Competition, visit            Tommy Gilligan/USMA PAO (File Photo)

The Department of Military Instruction at the U.S. Military Academy has planned another Sandhurst Military Skills Competition that is physically and mentally challenging for all competitors and seeks to achieve, in order, the following four outcomes:

• Leader development;
• Showcase military excellence;
• Build relationships;
• Win.
The competition will occur over two days, Friday and Saturday.
Visitors must be aware of the following:
• For Sandhurst 2013, due to some fiscal constraints, Camp Buckner will not be used.
This means that all Sandhurst events will stage out of and end in the Cadet Area.
• Parking at West Point is limited, and in most areas, by permit only. For competitor safety, visitors are directed to park in the following locations:
a. Buffalo Soldier Field (in the vicinity of Thayer Gate);
b. Along Thayer Road;
c. Michie Stadium “A” Lot;
d. The Exchange (PX) Parking Lot;
e. North Dock;
f. Trophy Point.
• There are no shuttle buses or transportation services available for the Sandhurst Competition.
Visitors are invited to park in authorized areas then move on foot to view the events.
• There will be several events on both days, but most will have limited access.
Recommended viewing locations and times are:

a. Friday: The first team will start at 5:45 a.m. from within the Cadet North Area with a five-minute staggered start, and the last team will start at 10:45 a.m.
Teams will cross the finish line throughout the day from approximately 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.
All teams randomly drew their starting order Wednesday and the result was posted on the website.
The marksmanship event will take place at 7 a.m. Friday at Range 5. Again, there is no transportation available to and from the marksmanship site. If you elect to go, you must park on the shoulder of the road and walk to the range, which is approximately 500 meters from Route 293.
Another competitive event Friday will take place in the vicinity of South Dock and the River Courts from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
b. Saturday: Teams will start at 6 a.m. from the Cadet Area.
Teams will cross the finish line from 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. depending on how fast they travel.
Again, start times for teams will be randomly selected and posted on the website by 8 p.m. Friday.
The “DMI-Challenge” event will occur from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Daly Field.
• This year’s competition is significantly different from past years and, due to its design and purpose, it unfortunately does not offer as many spectator viewing opportunities as in the past.
The competition is based on a scenario in which teams are given a mission and ordered to conduct a ‘Combat Patrol.’

This patrol will take the teams over a route of rugged and varied terrain.
Along the route, the teams will be asked to perform certain mentally and physically challenging tasks that will afford them the opportunity to showcase their military skills and exercise leadership.
The competition route does not offer any comfort facilities nor is it fully accessible to non-tactical vehicles.

For these reasons, for the safety of our competitors and to maintain the integrity of the competition, we will not permit fans, supporters and spectators to accompany their teams on their ‘Combat Patrols.’
• No unauthorized/civilian personnel will be allowed into the Cadet Central Area on either day.
• An information center will be available in the First Class Club located between Trophy Point and Eisenhower Hall.
It will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and 6 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday.
For details on the Sandhurst Competition, visit