Tuesday, December 15, 2009

The Order of the Spurs

So this son of mine continues to make me more proud with each day.
He keeps me updated on Facebook, as to what he's going through at Camp Shelby, MS, and today when I got up, I read this:
"David White is 1 of 5 guys who qualified to take the silver spurs challenge."

So I go do a search to read what all this Silver Spurs challenge is about. Here's what I found:

"In order for a trooper to be inducted in the Order of the Spur, and earn the privilege of wearing silver spurs, he must survive a demanding test of tactical and technical knowledge.
Known as a "Spur Ride", the twenty four hour plus event is considered one of the most physically and mentally grueling Army traditions that dates back to the beginning of the United States Cavalry.
During the event, candidates are pushed to their physical limits during a ten mile road march. The experience is conducted by the troopers' peers, superiors and subordinates, all of whom earned their silver spurs during a previous spur ride.
Some examples of minimum criteria are:
  • Score a minimum of 250 on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).
  • Meet height and weight requirements of AR 600-9.
  • Qualify "Expert" with primary weapon (M9 or M16/M4).
  • Be recommended by Troop First Sergeant and Commander."
The 278th is a huge unit, so for my boy to be 1 of 5 chosen really makes me ONE PROUD Mama!!!!!


bayrayschild said...

You should be proud Janelle.
That Dude of yours sounds like a very well put together young man!

May God Bless His Every Move!

Bittersweet Pastimes said...

Congrats to Dude and Hugs to Mom! Miss you- Deb

Nancy Lee Malay said...

Just stopping by to wish you a very Happy New Year, Janelle!