FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadets of 3rd Regiment, Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) have the opportunity to explore different available branches of the Army by participating in Branch Orientation during the first two years of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).
Branch orientation is an event where the Cadets get a hands-on opportunity to explore different branches of the Army before they are commissioned to be an officer. Each branch had their own tent where the Cadets could walk in, watch a brief video, ask questions, gather some information, and analyze associated equipment.
“It is a great way to see and experience a little bit of what each branch does. A few Soldiers from each component or each branch come out and they tell you the things we do, the training that we do, things we have done in the past, the equipment we work with, to get a better hand-on perspective,” said 2nd Lt. Wesley Henderson.
Most of the Cadre members at the Branch Orientation are there to provide the necessary information about what different branches the Army has to offer.
There was a lot of information to get through as the Cadets were expected to ask a lot of questions about the potential branches that they are interested in. The purpose of the event is to help the Cadets make informed decision on what they want to do once they commissioned.
“The Cadets just kind of go through all the different stations, and they will receive a brief and figure out what they can relate to and decide what job they want to choose once they do become commissioned officers,” Capt. Chudney Gadson noted.
Branch orientation is ultimately an informative event where Cadets can figure out which branch is going to be the best fit for each individual Cadet.
“I just really want a combat arms job. Armor is really interesting to me because being a Calvary Scout is what I really want to be. I just really like that Recon feel, behind the enemy lines, ” said Cdt. Sawyer Hess, from Arizona State University about his interest in Armor and Infantry.
While some Cadets participate in Branch Orientation with an open mind, most already knows in their heads what they really want.
“I have always wanted to fly. My dad is a pilot, my grandfather was a pilot, and it’s just in our blood. I’ve been in aircrafts my whole life,” Cdt. David Belsolar Blelloch shared.
Regardless which branch each individual Cadet ends up commissioning in, they will have their own different ways of serving the military.