Keeping Cadets healthy at LDAC

By Alexandra Kocik
U.S. Army Cadet Command Public Affairs

Every Cadet’s blood is drawn for their permanent record, which will follow them throughout their military career. U.S. Army photo by Maj. Robert Paley

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – The low hum of voices and rustle of paper rise and fall with the waves of Cadets filing in for medical processing. Nurses give directions to new arrivals while a doctor looks over a Cadet who may be allergic to bees. A Cadet avoids looking at the needle as a nurse fills the syringe with blood. At the back of the building, several staff members organize more than 7,000 records of Cadets who will participate in the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).

Each month, the medical staff processes more than 3,000 Cadets at LDAC. The initial medical examination marks the beginning of a process involving a team of doctors, nurses and medics in charge of keeping Cadets healthy at LDAC.

“We follow Cadets from the time they arrive to the time they go,” said Amanda McNulty, a family practitioner who works as the deputy Officer-In-Charge for Warrior Forge medical. “Our job is to patch them up and get them back out to train.”
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13th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Hofstra University Cadet Katie Jacques scored a 365 on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and Cadet Ryan Trees from the University of Pittsburgh scored a 366, making them both the top scorers for 13th Regiment.

Scores and regiment standings:

Cadet Eugene Breaux from the University of Central Arkansas pumps out sit-ups during the Army Physical Fitness Test at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky

Top Overall
365: Katie Jacques, Hofstra University
366: Ryan Trees, University of Pittsburgh

Top Two-Mile Run
12:54: Katie Jacques, Hofstra University
9:52: Brian McKenna,  Weber State University

Top Sit-Ups
96: Katie Jacques, Hofstra University
96: Aurora Caban, University of Illinois – Chicago
104: Jerel Abas, University of Nevada

Top Push-Ups
72: Rebecca Fry, University of Virginia
97: Samuel Metz, Saint Johns University- Minnesota

12th Regiment’s Army Physical Fitness Test

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – San Diego State University Cadet Jessica Plaschka scored a 367 on the Army Physical Fitness Test, and Cadet Michael Bogda from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities scored a 349, making them both the top scorers for 12th Regiment.

Scores and regiment standings:

Top Overall
367: Jessica Plaschka, San Diego State University

Cadet Russell Sears from Sam Houston State University pumps out another push-up during the Army Physical Fitness Test while at Operation Warrior Forge at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. U.S. Army photo by Al Zdarsky.

349: Michael Bogda, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities

Top Two-Mile Run
10:58: Thomas Inwood, University of Virginia
12:23: Chelsea Farquhar,  Northern Michigan University

Top Sit-Ups
106: Michael Bogda, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities
101: Jessica Plaschka, San Diego State University

Top Push-Ups
107: David Hensonheard, Lincoln University
62: Joan Lee, Temple University