Cadet Shankle overcomes a fear of heights on the Confidence Climb
1 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadet Shankle has just made it to the other side of the Confidence Climb and has begun to make her way down while being guided and motivated by 1LT Yox during the Aggie Battalion Fall Field Training Exercise (FTX) on 17-20 Sept., 2020 at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. (Photo Credit: Cadet Phebe Romano, North Carolina A&T State University Aggie Battalion) VIEW ORIGINAL
Cadet Shankle maneuvers the Swing Stop Jump obstacle
2 / 2 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Cadet Shankle maneuvers the Swing Stop Jump obstacle at the Fort Bragg Air Assault Course during the Aggie Battalion Fall Field training Exercise (FTX) on 17-20 Sept., 2020. (Photo Credit: Cadet Phebe Romano, North Carolina A&T State University Aggie Battalion) VIEW ORIGINAL
  • Name: Cadet Kaylon M. Shankle
  • Hometown: Winston-Salem, North Carolina 
  • School: North Carolina A&T State University
  • Major: Modern Languages with focus in Arabic
  • 4th Brigade - Aggie Battalion "Strength, Honor, Discipline"

What makes the Cadet stand out among his/her peers?

Cadet Shankle is being recognized for her perseverance in overcoming her fear of heights during the North Carolina A&T State University Army ROTC Fall Field Training Exercise (FTX) held at Fort Bragg, NC. On September 20, 2020, the Aggie Battalion completed its final training event, the Air Assault Obstacle Course. During the obstacle course, cadets are challenged on their ability to maneuver over, under, and through multiple obstacles. The Confidence Climb requires Soldiers to climb to the top of the ladder and then down the other side back to the ground. The purpose of the obstacle is to give Soldiers confidence in their mental and physical abilities while cultivating personal courage.

While having a fear of heights, Cadet Shankle persevered to conquer the obstacle, displaying confidence and resiliency to her fellow Military Science II (MSII) cadets and the rest of the Aggie Battalion.

Cadet Shankle is a recipient of a three-year #ArmyROTC scholarship.

In the Cadet's Own Words:

I joined Army ROTC, because I wanted to be a part of something bigger than myself. I want to become a leader.

My motivation comes from those around me. As a battalion, we are all highly motivated and it pushes me to do better for myself.

How do you manage Army ROTC and your other college commitments?

I balance Army ROTC and other commitments by practicing time management - setting a schedule for all of my obligations helps out tremendously.

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