FORT KNOX, KY. – Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) 2ND Regiment, Alpha Company Cadets conduct squad maneuvers and ambush simulations to prepare for future field operations as leaders.
During ambushes, Cadets will attack Southern Atropian Peoples Army (SAPA) soldiers, before conducting the appropriate Enemy Prisoner of War (EPW) search, clear and secure the area, and then perform an After Action Report (AAR).
Cdt. Kevin Williams, University of Virginia, native of Churchville, Md., acted as squad leader during one of the simulations.
“As squad leader I delegate to my team leaders, who then pass on tasks to their team members,” Williams said, “Our mission was to plan a squad ambush on objective Winterfell. We knew there was going to be a SAPA force coming through, so we set up a few minutes prior and assaulted as they came through.”
Cdt. Daniel Black, The Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina, native of Greenville, S.C., acted apart of secondary demolition and EPW team during operations.
“The most difficult part of this training exercise is the different moving elements. We have a lot of different people, a lot of different assignments, and making sure that everyone does their job is the hard part,” Black said.
Williams found conveying instructions to be the most challenging part of the training event.
“Being clear with the message was the most difficult part. A lot of times I knew what I wanted and I told the team leaders to do it, but they had one idea and I had another, and sometimes they weren’t the same thing,” Williams said.
Williams believed that despite the challenges of communicating in the field environment, his squad performed well under the time restraints.
“We did well speed wise, we completed our mission quickly without sacrificing any objectives. I don’t think we rushed, we just completed it in good fashion,” Williams said.
Black understands the importance of practicing ambush maneuvers in order to prepare for future leadership roles.
“I think this training is important overall because it’s a very basic tactic that the Army uses,” Black said, “the Army conducts ambushes on a regular basis, and it doesn’t matter what branch you go into, you still always have that opportunity to be in a firefight. It’s always good to be prepared.”
The Cadets will apply the skills they learned during ambush maneuvers to the rest of their training this summer in order to become well-prepared officers in the future.