Basic Camp

FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadets of Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), 1st Regiment, Bravo Company are bustling with excitement while sweeping, mopping and making their bunks to prepare for inspection June 30.

Cdt. Troy Chandler, University of Southern Alabama, Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), 1st Regiment, cleans the barracks during the recovery portion of training. Fort Knox, Ky., June 30. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

Cdt. Troy Chandler, University of Southern Alabama, Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), 1st Regiment, cleans the barracks during the recovery portion of training. Fort Knox, Ky., June 30. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

After being in the field for two weeks, Cadets are given the opportunity to recover and reflect on the past 27 training days.

“Recovery is a time we get to spend with our fellow Cadets.  We get to know them instead of just working with them in the field,” said Cdt. Jared Edwards, a junior studying business administration at Jackson State University.

14 days in the field gave Cadets a lot of time to learn new things about themselves and their leadership styles.

“I learned that I really should start stepping up and trying to be more of a leader. It was a really eye-opening experience to see that I can lead a squad,” said Cdt. David Kretzer, a sophomore music major at West Virginia University.

Cdt. Andrew Junek, a sophomore criminal justice major at the University of Southern Mississippi, shared how being drenched in a storm with his peers was his favorite field experience.

“We were sitting in the middle of a field instead of under the cover of the trees.  When the rain started falling, we all started singing the Army song.  You could see the bond that had developed since we’ve been here.  In the morning, we smelled awful, but we showed how much we grew together,” Junek said.

After having the experience of a lifetime, Kretzer said he and the other Cadets are eager for CIET graduation.

“My month has paid off and we get to be commemorated for all the hard work that we’ve put in,” Krezter continued, “CIET is definitely something that should happen with all ROTC Cadets because we’re not going to basic training.  It’s showing us that this is what the Army is like.”

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Sade’ Wilson is an alumna of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where she studied media and journalism and minored in religious studies. She has two dogs and is working to become a professional Tori Kelly fan.

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