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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Getting to a Position of Relative Advantage: Gen. Perkins on Effective Leadership

13 Aug , 2015  

By Mariyah Wojcik FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY (August 10, 2015) – In one simple, humble act, it is possible for a four-star General to change an entire audience’s paradigm of how the U.S. Army is exceptional. No orders or signatures required, Gen. David G. Perkins, Commanding General of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), …Read More


Cadets celebrate family day

11 Aug , 2015  


By: Katie McGuire, Photos by William Kolb Today marks the 27th of 28 days of training for Cadet Initial Entry Training  (CIET) 9th Regiment, and it’s perhaps the best day yet. This is the day the cadets get to see their families for the first time during their monthlong program at the CIET Family Day …Read More


Cadets get first look at possible army careers

11 Aug , 2015  

Brigadier General Jeffrey L. Milhorn, 31st Commanding General and Division Engineer for the Pacific Ocean Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, speaks to 9th regiment CIET cadets in the Engineers tent at CST branch orientation.
U.S. Army Photo by William Kolb

By: Katie McGuire, Photos by William Kolb Cadets from Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) 8th Regiment completed the last part of their training this afternoon, Monday August 10th, as they attended Branch Orientation, a series of presentations designed to inform the cadets about various army careers. During this event, cadets are exposed to the many …Read More

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CIET receive visit from Brigadier General Willard Burleson

10 Aug , 2015  

Brigadier General William M. Burleson III speaks to 8th regiment CIET cadets at Olive Theater on Thursday, August 6, 2015.
U.S. Army Photo by William Kolb

By: Katie McGuire Photo by William Kolb Brigadier Gen. Willard Burleson III visited Fort Knox Thursday, August 6th, 2015 to speak to Cadet Initial Entry Training Regiment 8 about their future army careers. Burleson was commissioned as an officer of the United States Army in 1988 from the United States Military Academy. He has done …Read More


Cadets see family after month-long CST

10 Aug , 2015  

8th regiment CIET cadets at are reunited with friends and family at the Patton Museum on Friday, August 7, 2015.
U.S. Army Photo by William Kolb

By: Katie McGuire Friday family members arrived to see their Cadet Initial Entry Training cadets for the first time in 29 days. Cadets in the CIET Regiment 8 program are freshmen and sophomores, MSII and MSIII’s in the R.O.T.C. program, who need to complete this as a step in becoming a future army officer. The …Read More

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Cadet Spotlight: David Garza

4 Aug , 2015  

Cadet Garza during Mission Command Leadership Exercises July 25.

By Desirae Duncan FORT KNOX, KY (August 3, 2015) –22-year-old Cadet David Garza is no stranger to goals. In June, the veteran soccer player scored two of them in the 2015 Cerebral Palsy Football World Championships in Staffordshire, England clinching a 4-1 win over Argentina. The win qualified the United States Paralympic National Soccer team …Read More

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2015 U.S. Army Soldier Show Restores Vitality and Morale

1 Aug , 2015  

The U.S. Army Soldier Show visited Fort Knox during CST. The entire production is performed and presented by soldiers in the U.S. Army. U.S. Army Photo by Emily Mulcahey.

By Mariyah Wojcik FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY (July 30, 2015) – While cadets at Fort Knox eagerly prepare to be future Army officers, another type of preparation is taking place across the country at Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston. Soldiers acting as performers and technicians, from duty stations the world over, painstakingly prepare a 90-minute …Read More

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CIET Regiment 6 graduates CST

31 Jul , 2015  

"Cadets execute the review and pass presenting the 6th regiment to the crowd. The families of CIET 6th regiment come to Fort Knox to see their cadets graduate from Cadet Summer Training. U.S. Army photo by Matt Lunsford. July 31, 2015."

By: Katie McGuire Congratulations to the 223 cadets who completed their Cadet Initial Entry Training this morning. Cadets from the 6th regiment participated in the end of camp graduation ceremony this morning. The cadets, who began training on July 3rd, have completed their 29 day mandatory training in their next step to becoming future army …Read More

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Maj. Gen. Leslie C Smith addresses 6th Regiment CIET

31 Jul , 2015  

Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith paces in front of 6th Regiment as he begins the Question and Answer session. US Army Photo by Aly Kruse

By: Jake McCollum   Fort Knox (July 28, 2015) – Cadets rarely have the opportunity to speak with senior officers outside of their home battalions. These senior officers have the experience and knowledge that can greatly help both cadets and new 2nd Lt.’s in making career choices and on leadership techniques. 6th Regiment of Cadet …Read More

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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