Help the USAFA SANDHURST Team defend its championship title!
The USAFA SANDHURST team needs funding assistance up to $10,000 for travel expenses to get the team back to West Point to defend the title that it took from Army in 2022. It's an exciting time to make your gift because you will be a part of USAFA history by helping the team defend its title as Sandhurst champions for only the second time in school history!
Sandhurst teams compete in a variety of events testing mental and physical readiness. The USAFA team is composed of 17 cadets, and the team will select 11 of them to go to West Point in 2023 to defend its title.
At every competition, team members wear a patch on their helmet that bears the name of former USAFA SANDHURST Team member, Capt. Matthew Roland, Class of 2010. He was a special tactics officer who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2015 and received the Silver Star for his life-saving actions in combat.
- One year: Defend and take home the USMA Sandhurst Title in 2023 and defend the Iron Owl Military competition title, which they have won the last eight years.
- Five Year: Continue to complete at the USMA Sandhurst competition and expand to international service academy competitions.
The Sandhurst Military Skills Competition began at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) in 1967 and was designed as an infantry skills completion. In 2002, the USMA opened the competition to all U.S. service branches and invited multiple international partners. USAFA’s Sandhurst team was formed in 2002 and has competed every year since, winning the competition in 2018 and 2022.