FORT LEWIS, Wash. - For college students about to enter their senior year, life can be stressful. Making sure their final required courses fall in place and preparing for life in the "real world" can be hard enough on most students.
But for the son of a Warrenton couple, college life this summer has gotten a whole lot tougher. Jesse R. Allgeyer, son of Roy and Lisa Allgeyer, of Warrenton, spent over a month involved with an intense basic training of sorts for Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets called "Warrior Forge."
The training prepares cadets throughout the nation between their junior and senior year of college to be commissioned in the U.S. Army following their graduation next spring. The training is a mixed bag of physical fitness, endurance, discipline, leadership and Army-unique training that will give the cadets a jump start when they enter either the active duty, Reserves or National Guard as a second lieutenant.
"I am really looking forward to being in the field, leading troops and building a team," said Allgeyer. "I am impressed with the training so far, and I am looking forward to a great learning experience."
During a 32-day span, cadets are put through a set of rigorous physical and mental tests that at times can stretch them to their limits. They start with the Army's strenuous physical fitness test with timed push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run. The cadets then go through a barrage of physical challenges that range from the rifle range to the gas chamber, swimming test with rifle and full uniform, and an obstacle course. The course also tests their leadership ability with a series of field problems designed to draw from what they've learned during three years of ROTC instruction.
"There is so much that can't be learned in a classroom, and Warrior Forge has what it takes to mold a person into a leader," said the cadet. "I plan to take this experience home with me, and remember everything it teaches me."
Allgeyer will head back to Oregon State University in the fall.
"I am an English major," said the 2000 graduate of Warrenton High School, "and I joined the Army Reserves to gain some independence and help pay for school. I enjoyed being in the Army so much that I joined the ROTC program last September, and I will get my commission in June. I plan to make a career out of my service in the Army, and I hope to work in military intelligence. I look forward to traveling, especially to Europe."