By: Katie McGuire
Cadets of the 3rd Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training spent the morning practicing drill and ceremonies, an essential part in developing leadership in the future officers of the United States Army.
After splitting up into their squads they began the training with the basics of marching turns movements and foot placement. Each squad was lead by MSIII (college juniors) leaders who arrived to Cadet Summer Training early in preparation to lead drills such as these. Each squad learned in groups then continued to practice.
According to 2nd Lt. Christian de la Torre, these exercises are designed to fine tune and train the cadets. “We are trying to get down the basic customs and courtesies, the movement, the techniques, and how they would march in formations– as well as prepare them to lead their other MSI and MII’s, or soldiers and cadets back at their ROTC. We want them to come away (from drill and ceremonies) with not only ‘I want to be a part of the Army’ but ‘I want to be a part of this team,’” he said.
2LT de la Torre remembers the training he had to go through when he did CST, and comments that this is important to their training in order to be a future officer of the Army. This specific part of training helps to internalize and develop the leadership in each cadet.
The purpose of this training is to not only prepare the cadets for their future in the Army but to also develop their individual skills so that they can go back to their ROTC programs and teach up and coming MSIII’s.
The drills and ceremonies this morning included the basic movements and proper saluting technique. Cadets learned movements such as left/right face, counter column, dress right dress, position of attention, left/right flank, and many more. They also learned cadence and the tone of voice to use in these commands.
Although the cadets take time in their CST to learn drill and ceremonies, 2nd Lt. de la Torre says the cadets will constantly be practicing this throughout the summer, whether it is marching to their next activity or during a break in training.