FORT KNOX, Ky. — Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), 2nd Regiment, Alpha and Bravo Companies proudly assembled in formation on Brooks Field for their graduation ceremony after 31 days of Cadet Summer Training (CST), July 8.
After completing vigorous basic training exercises, the Cadets confidently graduated in front of respected officers, loved ones and special guests.
Graduation consisted of: Formation of Troops, Presentation of Command and Honors, Invocation, Honor to the Nation, Cadet Cannonade and Cadet Creed, Presentation of Awards, Reviewing Officer’s Address, Pass in Review, the Army Song and Final Conclusion.
Although it appears simple when executed, graduation requires coordination from different communities and committees.
“What goes into planning graduation is to make sure the venue is suitable and can handle everything. There’s a lot of coordination, a lot of rehearsals, a lot of practices,” Master Sgt. Mark Hurning stated.
During the ceremony, 16 of the 400 Cadets were presented with various awards for skills demonstrated in their respective categories. While individuals’ experiences were different, many Cadets agreed despite the difficulties of CST, the training was beneficial and rewarding.
“I have had very little experience. We had about 3 weeks of ROTC and that’s it. Coming here for CST, I expected to learn a lot and I did. The best part was learning from the Non-Commissioned Officers. Everything that they taught me laid the foundation for my desire to be an active duty officer,” Cdt. Danielle K.Wilson, Slippery Rock University, shared.
Cadets experienced different tasks that helped determine which career path they wanted to follow.
“I thought it would be much easier than it was, so though it was challenging, I actually learned a lot … I definitely know what I want to do with the Army now after Graduation,” Cdt. Zavala noted.
For other Cadets, CST was about gaining experience and appreciation for the Army.
The Holder Family, who has a history of military service, came to witness their daughter, Cdt. Emma Holder, Creighton University, graduate and receive the American Legion Commander’s award. They shared their thoughts about their daughter and her experiences here at Fort Knox.
“It’s all about confidence. She has really enjoyed herself here and has a greater appreciation for the Army,” Mrs. Holder shared.