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 Task Force Leader Commander, Andrew Morgado gave an overview of the four phases of training to the families in the morning before the parents were able to see their cadets. Cadets went through a series of tactical and physical training to give them an idea of what sort of situations a future army officer would run in to in the field or overall in their profession.
Morgado then stressed the Army values which were a big emphasis in the families’ cadets training. Loyalty to their organization, Duty to their country, Respect to everyone, Selfless Service in doing their jobs, Honor for their country and what they do, Integrity in every aspect of life, and Personal Courage in overcoming their fears.
Cadets learned these values through certain events such as the high ropes course to build personal courage or team developments course to learn to work as a team.
Morgado explained further to the parents that they are now a part of the army family, and that their cadet is known as a respected part of the army. Morgado, who is a Colonel, welcomes the cadets as an equal. “The only thing that separates me from your cadets, is experience,” he said.
After the presentation was done family members were encouraged to ask questions about what the future hold for their cadets and their careers. Morgado joked that they had to ask three questions before he allowed them to see their cadets, and the families were eager.
For Dianne Stewart, she just wanted to see her son Patrick and tell him how proud she was of him. “I can’t even put it in to words. For Patrick to complete this (training) he had to put 100 percent in. Military is what we know, I’m just so proud” she said. Patrick Stewart, of the University of Louisville in Kentucky is a MSII completing this program. His mother served in the Navy for 8 years and grandfather in the Army, so military life is no stranger to him.
His mother said he initially planned to commission in to the Navy in his High School R.O.T.C. program, but decided to go Army when he was accepted to the University of Louisville program with a scholarship, and has enjoyed it ever since.
The Stewart’s weren’t the only families united. The end of the event was filled with hugs and tears as the cadets found their families and supporters in the crowd. Cadets were then given the opportunity to spend the day with them doing as they pleased. Saturday the cadets of CIET Regiment 8 graduated the Cadet Summer Training program.