FORT KNOX, Ky.-After 31 days of dealing with unpredictable weather, over zeaulos drill sergeants and various training situations, 393 Cadets stood together as a team, ready to graduate. These Cadets are apart of the 1st Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) and will be the first class of the second century to graduate.
The Cadets are mainly college freshman and sophomore student who have come from all over this country, who range from all levels and experiences. A month ago, many had military training, only that offered at their respective university. Over the past 4 week they have grown in all areas including marksmanship, leadership, character, land navigation and much more.
Cdt. Labis Eyoto, D’Youville College, talks about his experience at CIET and his plans after graduating.
“It was a rough ride. This is only my second year in ROTC and this isn’t what I was expecting. It all came as a surprise and I know I wouldn’t have made it without my team. I won’t lie I can’t wait to go home and enjoy the rest of summer but this experience has motivated me to eventually become a commissioned officer in the United States Army,” Eyoto said.
He and his team are well on their way to completing their goal. Cadet Initial Entry Training is just the first steps to becoming a commissioned officer. In either their junior or senior year of college they will be required to come back to Fort Knox for the Cadet Leaders Course (CLC) training. This 4 week program will take the skills they learned in CIET and expand on them. It is more an intense, and their is a greater pressure put on Cadet to perform as they become that much closer in becoming the future of the United States Army.
The CIET 1st Regiment graduated in honor of 1st LT. Jason Togi, who paid the ultimate price for his country. Togi was a graduate of Wentworth Military Academy and commissioned into the Army on September 15, 2011. He was deployed to Afghanistan where he was killed in action on Aug. 26, 2013. Togi’s wife, Siosiana Togi, and mother, Angela Togi, were present at the ceremony in his honor and were given a token of appreciation on behalf of Cadet Command and Cadre of the First regiment.
Sixteen of the Cadets were presented with regimental awards during the ceremony for various achievements such as; the Cadet who best demonstrated the ability to apply motivational techniques, most improved, best problem solving skill and exemplary character.
A graduation certificate and ribbon were given to all cadets representing they have completed basic military tasks and have a foundation to establish the critical thinking skills necessary to become a United States Army officer.
Being the first class of this century, every class to follow will be compared to this one. A great responsibility and burden that 1St Regiment CIET has carried well according to Commanding Major General Hughes.