Options Abound: CIET Cadets Discuss Future Army Careers

Hollywood leads many to believe that all Soldiers are destined for immediate active duty. Film directors may take license to push the borders of reality through war movies over the last few decades, but cadre at the Reserve and National Guard briefing on June 10 sought to provide information and shed light on all of the true paths that ROTC cadets can explore in their futures. Only about 40 percent of all ROTC cadets qualify for active duty positions after graduation, according to Lt. Col. Donna McDermott, Assistant Chief of Staff (ACoS) for the Army National Guard.
The Biggest Winner

Dedication, motivation, and drive are words often used to describe the members of the United States military. However, they are not often used to describe college-aged civilians. Kasper Strzeciwilk is the incredible exception to this rule. Currently, Kasper is a contracted cadet, but he only managed that feat a mere four months ago on the last possible day to contract. All his life, Kasper had been overweight. Looking at him now, and one would not have ever guessed that. Why? All because of the power in himself, and his determination to join the world’s greatest military land force.
Cadets Learn Virtual Marksmanship

Cadets in summer training at Fort Knox, Ky. took to the Electronic Skills Training (EST) course on Thursday afternoon to start mastering the craft of marksmanship. The training was all virtual—so no real weapons were used—instead, there were large screens and prototype M-16 rifles, along with some other life-like warzone scenarios and sets. The simulation center was full, with about 100 Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) cadets—many of whom had never seen a rifle, let alone shoot one.
The One Percent

Nerves, complimented by smiles, were prevalent as the first regiment of cadets began to file their in-processing paperwork in order to begin their Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Fort Knox, Ky. this summer. Many of the cadets on base this summer will be rising seniors, completing their Cadet Leader Course (CLC). However, cadets in CIET are typically those who are either officially contracted with the military and did not attend basic training, or are just here this summer to see “if the shoe fits.”

The Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) is the premier leadership program of its kind in the United States. An intense four-week introduction to Army life and leadership training of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, the aim of the course is to motivate and qualify Cadets for entry into the Senior ROTC program. CIET, as it's known, is designed for college students, typically between their sophomore and junior years. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can take part in ROTC at their college as a third-year student in the four-year program.

While attending CIET at Fort Knox, Ky., Cadets gain an experience that runs the gamut of Army life and the responsibilities of being an officer. The course instills confidence and decision-making abilities to become a leader, in the Army and in life.Cadets spend their first few days learning Army basics under the tutelage of drill sergeants. They also take their first Army Physical Fitness Test, which consists of sit-ups, push-ups and a two-mile run. Shortly after the course begins, Cadets are introduced to working in a small-group team-based dynamic in activities such as an obstacle course to accomplish set goals.

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Cadets Search for Points, Find Confidence

24 Jul , 2015  

Cadet Chassen and team member Jeffrey Bymark from St. John’s University in New York City use a compass to orient themselves.

By: Adrienne Vititoe Monday morning Regiment 7 CIET cadets put their land navigation skills to the test after having an introductory course over the weekend. In pairs, cadets were expected to find five navigational points within a designated area as quickly as possible. The Officer-in-Charge, Capt. Christopher Young from Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California, …Read More

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Guest speaker encourages good character in future army officers

22 Jul , 2015  

Brigadier General Mitchell Kilgo, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-6 and Chief Information Officer U.S. Army Forces Command speaks to the cadets of 5th regiment CIET.U.S. Army photo by Matt Lunsford. July 21, 2015.

By: Katie McGuire The cadets of Cadet Initial Entry Training Regiment 5 and Cadet Leadership Course Regiment 6 had the opportunity to listen to guest speaker, Brigadier General Mitchell Kilgo on Tuesday night. The General came to Fort Knox to speak to the future army officers on the expectations of a Soldier in the United …Read More

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Cadet Spotlight: David Ferreira

22 Jul , 2015  

By DeJanay Booth   Fight To The Finish As a young boy, David Ferreira from North Carolina State University loved wrestling. Trying out for different sports in middle school, Fererria wanted to play for a team. But when his parents moved him to a private school, that ended quickly. Ferreira was unsuccessful in attempting to …Read More

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8th Regiment CIET Cadets Learn Confidence at Forest Hills Climbing Course

20 Jul , 2015  

Cadet John Evans of Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania makes his way up an obstacle. U.S. Army Photo by Emily Mulcahey

By: Jake McCollum Fort Knox (July 17, 2015) – Acrophobia, or fear of heights, is one of the most common fears people can have.  At Cadet Initial Entry Training, instructors use the first day of training to teach confidence at the Forest Hills Climbing Course – hoisting cadets up to obstacles of varying heights designed …Read More

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Cadets Learn Life Lessons and Inclusion Through Stories of Thriving in Chaos

14 Jul , 2015  


By: Mariyah Wojcik FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY (July 13, 2015) – It is the ability to inspire others that creates a legacy. More than one’s own service, it is crucial that the next generation of Army officers understands the challenges they will face moving forward, not just from outside threats, but from within themselves as well. …Read More


Chaplains Provide Cadets Support

14 Jul , 2015  

By: Adrienne Vititoe As rewarding as it may be, there is no denying that life in the Army is often challenging, and these challenges start with Cadet Summer Training. Cadets have to deal with long days, hot temperatures and trying tasks. It is enough to make one weary at times, but fortunately, weary soldiers are …Read More


Cadet Initial Entry Training Regiment 3 Graduation

12 Jul , 2015  

"Third regiment CIET cadets graduate from ROTC Cadet Summer Training at Fort Knox on Saturday, July 11, 2015.
U.S. Army Photo by William Kolb"

By: Emily Mulcahey   Two hundred and forty-seven cadets stood at attention on Saturday morning as they began their Cadet Summer Training (CST) graduation ceremony. These cadets are part of the Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) program at Fort Knox, Ky., and have spent a month in the suffocating heat anticipating the day they would …Read More

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Leadership Philosophy Inspires Cadets to Go Above and Beyond

10 Jul , 2015  


By: Mariyah Wojcik FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY (July 9, 2015) – Short-term goals, like completing Cadet Summer Training (CST) or commissioning as a 2nd Lt., are easy for cadets to visualize. With these events so close they can almost taste it, there is no wonder why many cadets have trouble seeing beyond them into their future …Read More


Cadets Graduate Cadet Initial Training

10 Jul , 2015  

"The families of CIET 2nd regiment come to Fort Knox to see their cadets graduate from Cadet Summer Training. U.S. Army photo by Matt Lunsford. July 6, 2015."

By: Emily Mulcahey   We’ve all seen the commercials. Each Olympics sends television watchers a wave of “Thank you, Mom” commercials that have coined the phrase, “for teaching us that falling only makes us stronger.” Yes, behind every great athlete is an even greater mentor. But what about soldiers? In a profession that’s not on …Read More

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Reflections on American Tradition as Fort Knox Celebrates Independence Day 2015

7 Jul , 2015  


By Mariyah Wojcik FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY (July 4, 2015) – Waving proudly over Brooks Field on this 239th Independence Day, the colors of the United States of America represent for many the history of this great nation. Cadets emerging from the field received a day of relaxation to celebrate our country’s illustrious past and bright …Read More