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First Cadets Arrive at Fort Knox for Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET)

FORT KNOX, KY. Over 350 Cadets from around the country arrived at Louisville International Airport, June 3, 2016, to begin their initial training to form the 1st Regiment of Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET).

For many of the Cadets, CIET is their first extensive military training, as it differs greatly from trainings on their college campuses.

Master Sgt. Ralph Arios, 1st Regiment Bravo Co. 1st Sgt., talked about the process of arriving for training and what he expects from Cadets. “It is great to be here at the arrival process to see the Cadets when they get off the plane, move down to the manifest table to check in, grab their bags and board the buses to Fort Knox. As the University of Cincinnati Senior Military Instructor, I see Cadets in constant growth and development. During this training I hope to see Cadets grow personally, in Army skills and critical thinking.”

After arriving from the Louisville International Airport, Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) cadets are organized into groups to go through baggage checks with their Drill Sergeants.

1st Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) Cadets are waiting in line to have their health documents checked after arriving at Fort Knox June 3, 2016. Photo by Lora Sparks.


Cadet Haley Sommer from Kent State University, Ohio did not know what to expect going into training but was excited for the opportunity. Sommer shared her motivations for joining ROTC to become an officer in the United States Army. As a Biochem Pre-med major she aspires to be a medical officer and psychiatrist to be involved in the Army’s evolving narrative of PTSD.

Upon arrival at Fort Knox, Drill Sergeants met Cadets at the busses and moved them quickly to unload baggage and organize the Cadets in formation. With wide eyes, the Cadets were surprised at how rapidly and efficiently Drill Sergeants took command.


1st Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) Cadets are organized into groups for baggage checks with cadre. Photo by Lora Sparks

Drill Sergeant Parks talked about the importance of the Drill Sergeants involvement as soon as they reach post. “Our presence here shows total control and acts as an immediate introduction to discipline.”

Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) is a 30-day outcome-driven event that trains and educates Cadets on basic military tasks while building upon a foundation to establish the critical thinking skills necessary to become a United States Army officer. Over 2800 Cadets will attend CIET this summer, divided among seven regiments.


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Mattie Cook

A graduate of the University of Louisville, Mattie is a Public Affairs Intern for U.S. Army Cadet Command of Fort Knox, KY. Mattie has a passion for serving Veterans, military families and using the power of word to tell the Army story.

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