Below are photos of a Cadet and a Specialist reporting to their company commander after successfully completing a land navigation course in the dense woods on the north end of Fort Indiantown Gap. They were the first to finish, completing the course in 2 hours.
While we were waiting for them to finish, I found out that the Warrior Leadership Course no longer includes land navigation and no longer makes the PT Test part of the grade for the course.
The change is recent. I think it is stupid. This course is supposed to train enlisted men and junior NCOs to be leaders. Land Nav combines fitness with calculation and concentration. The fitness test is an Army standard. Even if Land Nav is no longer a skill in common use, it surely shows a lot abut the abilities of those who master it. And the fitness test, leaders should be at the front, not be lagging.
OK Done bitching like and old guy.