HAGERSTOWN, Md. - The U.S. Army Recruiting Center hosted a "Future Soldier Competition" in Hagerstown on Friday, as future local heroes competed with each other in a friendly tournament.
About 20 recruits tackled a tough and grueling mile-long course at the Fairgrounds, which included exercises like burpees, tire flips, jumping rope and carrying full water jugs. Officers said it's all about building teamwork as they fight for bragging rights with their comrades, while getting a glimpse into the life of a soldier.
"It gives them a bit of a taste of some of the challenges they're going to face at basic training," said Capt. Luke Holmbeck, the Frederick Company commander. "At the end of the day, I hope that it was fun and motivating...and that they understand that they have their peers and their recruiters at their back as they push forward to basic training."
The participating recruits came from western Maryland, the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia and northern Virginia.
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