FORT KNOX, Ky. – 3rd Regiment of Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) gets a day for well-needed mental and physical recovery July 11, after their Leadership Field Training Exercise.
“Coming off of the field, I feel mentally and physically stronger. Because of the ROTC program, I felt as though I knew a lot when I came here, but being in the field and doing the drills expanded my knowledge base and taught me a lot more than I thought I knew. I definitely feel like it was helpful,” said Cdt. Jacqueline Krawiec of James Madison University.
The Cadets were put under extreme conditions during the two weeks they spent conducting missions.
“We didn’t get a lot of sleep so the sleep deprivation was a huge shock to those that have never experienced it before. The bugs and the rain were the biggest things that bothered me,” said Cdt. Joshua Kuric, Norwich University.
Cdt. Jacquelynn Watson, Iowa State University, is happy to sleep more soundly.
“It’s a relief to be out of the field because we don’t have to be on guard at night, ready for attack. We get to let our guard down and sleep a little easier.”
Though out of the field, Kuric states they still have to uphold their Army bearing.
“Being out of the field, we have to remember to keep our military bearing … remember the salute to the flag and calls, things we didn’t do a lot in the mission environment.”
Despite the stress of the field, Krawiec recalls the lessons she learned.
“I learned teamwork and communication. And trust. That’s the backbone of the way we, as a squad, team and Army run. It’s one of the most important things.”
During the recovery period, the Cadets turn-in the weapons they were issued upon arrival and clean their field equipment. The following week is their last before they graduate on July 18.
“It’s nostalgic because we had to come here to receive the equipment, but I am ready to go even though we’ve only been here for three weeks. I keep thinking about home,” Watson shared.
Though their time in CIET is coming to a close, the Cadets have more experiential opportunities available through the ROTC program.
“I’m looking forward to learning more about the Army, gaining more leadership experience and knowledge. Actually experiencing the Army life is a unique opportunity that I’m excited to have,” stated Krawiec.
Reflecting on her time at Fort Knox for Cadet Summer Training, Kraweic had this to say.
“Overall, I think CIET is a good program and I’ve really enjoyed it so far. Too bad it’s coming to a close and everyone is ready to go home, but it’s been fun.”