5: Boot Camp
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The Road Rules Team finds out that they will be reporting to the Citadel, the military college of South Carolina. Rachel and Eric are psyched about the mission. They have been dreaming of going to the Citadel, and now they have the chance to prove that they have what it takes to make it at one of the toughest military academies in the world. Being thrust into a military experience reminds Kendal of her father who was in the army. Meanwhile, Sarah is noticeably not as ecstatic as the rest of the team and Shane, who spent time in ROTC in the past thinks that no one is prepared for what’s about to happen.
On their way to the campus, Kendal explains to Eric the significance of the ring she wears. Kendal reveals that after her parents divorced, her father committed suicide and her mom gave her the ring as a memory of her father.
As the team pulls into the beautiful Citadel, everything at first seems peaceful. However, things quickly change. The team finds out that their mission will be to refrain from getting demerits and to have all six teammates complete a Bull Dog challenge. The group spend two days as ‘knobs’ and learn what its like to be a freshman at this college. During the event, the girls finally start to bond and accept Sarah into the fold, creating a little rift in the group along gender lines.
While the girls get closer, Shane continues to pile up demerits for insubordination. The stress of the mission mixed with memories of her dad serve to break Kendal down. The team also begins to worry that they will fail the mission when Sarah goes down with an injury. However, once they are told they can compete without her, they are able to grind it out doing far better than their Citadel instructors had ever expected.
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