FORT KNOX, Ky. – The 1st Regiment of Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) arrived for in-processing at Copple Center June 4.
In-processing consists of seven stations: Cadet records, Cadet pay, e-mail invitations, travel, prohibited activities, follow-on training and records check. Each station expedites the administrative process for over 2,000 CIET Cadets.
The Deputy Chief of Cadets, Cpt. Kip Briggs of 8th Brigade Cadet Command, is responsible for in-processing Cadets for Cadet Summer Training (CST) for the second year in a row.
“I think CIET is a great program to get Cadets acclimated to the military and its training,” he said.
Cdt. Garrett Dupre, a sophomore of Norwich University, is eager to gain leadership experience from CIET. He aspires to become an armor officer. “You get all the bumps out of the road with more practice,” Dupre said.
As platoon leaders for 1st Regiment of CIET, new 2nd Lieutenants Caleb Wise of Morristown, Tenn. and Danielle Pugh of Kansas City, Mo. aim to teach, coach and mentor Cadets.
Wise’s teaching method involves him sharing his CIET experience with Cadets. “I’m looking forward to helping them learn lessons I learned. Hopefully, they won’t make the mistakes I made,” he said.
Pugh of Tuskegee University said Cadets enrolled in CIET are not only future soldiers, but also future warrior leaders. “That’s what makes it so much more different from basic training,” she said.
“The important part is getting them to think critically and getting them into that mindset of being responsible for more than just themselves, and that transition happens here at CIET.”