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Cadets learn tactical communication skills

FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), 1st Regiment, Bravo Company engaged in military communication and team-maneuver classes at Disney Barracks, June 9.

“We’re starting to build up their toolbox with skills they’ll need as Army officers,” said Lt. Col. Glen Howie, company training officer for CIET 1st Regiment, Bravo Company.

Cadets Robert Tucker, Nicolas Rossi, and Bekjan Djaparov, 1st Regiment, Bravo Company look on as the rifle aim is demonstrated. Cadet Initial Entry Training, Fort Knox, June 9. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon.

Cadets Robert Tucker, Nicolas Rossi, and Bekjan Djaparov, CIET, 1st Regiment, Bravo Company look on as the rifle aim is demonstrated. CIET, Fort Knox, Ky., June 9. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

Those skills include learning how to use tactical radios and maneuvering as a team according to Howie, professor of military science at East Tennessee State University from Vienna, Va.

An integral part of tactical maneuver is communication.  Cadets at CIET learn the tenants of Soldiering: shooting, moving and communicating.  Without effective communication, they are incapable of leading Soldiers in combat.

“As future Army officers, they’re gonna be leading troops.  They might find themselves in a battle situation and need to communicate with their radio man,” said CIET 1st Regiment, Bravo Company drill sergeant Staff Sgt. Jerry Eldridge of Pulaski, Va.

Cdt. Abigail Cannon, 1st Regiment, Bravo Company, practices the low crawl, Fort Knox, June 9. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon.

Cdt. Abigail Cannon, CIET, 1st Regiment, Bravo Company, practices the low crawl, Fort Knox, Ky., June 9.
Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

During the team-maneuver class, Cadets learned the five-second rush, the low-crawl and the high crawl.  These movements are critical while in enemy territory.

“The primary goal is moving Soldiers from point A to point B,” said CIET 1st Regiment, Bravo Company Cdt. Calvin Washington, a rising junior political science major at Kennesaw State University from Alpharetta, GA.

Cadets from Bravo Company spent the sweltering afternoon learning how to effectively communicate.  This training sets them up for success leading Soldiers in the near future.

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