FORT MEADE — Students and staff from the Spearfish Middle School joined South Dakota National Guard soldiers Thursday at Fort Meade.

Platoons of students had the opportunity to see what life is like as a soldier of the U.S. Military. Objectives such as obstacle courses, safety training, marching, eating meals ready to eat, land navigation, and more were completed.

The students gained perspective of a soldier rather fast. As soon as the buses dropped off the attendees, they were put into platoons and squad leaders were named, who led their troops around the campus all day long.

The first order of business was how to be directed by the soldiers — when to walk, when to turn, when to stop, and so on. 

The small soldiers then went from station to station, learning the ropes of being in the military.

The field trip was a learning experience for all involved, including students, teachers and staff, as well as the soldiers.

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