FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) 2nd Regiment Bravo Company arrived at Harmon Hall, the Central Issue Facility (CIF), to receive their equipment for Cadet Summer Training (CST) June 10.
“This is actually a new facility they’ve installed this year to try and ease transitioning through the stations but because it’s the first year, its still got its kinks. However, it’s already working much better than last year,” said Phyllis Vincent, Primary Hand Receipt Holder for Cadet Command.
CIF personnel continue to develop ways to improve the system as Cadets are being processed.
“We make sure each of the personnel at the stations know they can tell the Cadets where to go. If they have a lot of stuff in their hands, they should tell them, ‘once you got a bag, you should put that stuff in your bag.’ So we make sure they give the Cadets guidance when they’re going through the different stations,” said Trish Smith, CIF Supervisor for CST.
The personnel have undergone numerous challenges in order to issue Cadet’s equipment smoothly.
“Some challenges are you have a finite timeline to get a certain number of Cadets through. Also when they come in like this … they tend to bunch up in different areas, especially Cadets who don’t understand, those in CIET, what the whole system is about,” Vincent said.
However they are learning that keeping open channels of communication is necessary to operate efficiently.
“If we keep communication open between CIF and Cadet Command, it just keeps things going a whole lot smoother,” Smith provided.
With another regiment of Cadets equipped, an equally smooth transition in and out of CIF is foreseeable for the Cadets still to come.