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6th Regiment Basic Camp (Cadet Initial Entry Training) Cadets Tackle Cadet Common Task Training And Testing

6th Regiment Basic Camp (CIET) Cdt. Ouke Beal, Citadel Military University, and Cdt. Kevin Bryson, College of New Jersey, practice using nine line Medevac format to call in a combat injury during squad operations at Fort Knox, Ky., July 21. (Photo by - Wenqing Yan)

6th Regiment Basic Camp (CIET) Cdt. Ouke Beal, Citadel Military University, and Cdt. Kevin Bryson, College of New Jersey, practice using nine line Medevac format to call in a combat injury during squad operations at Fort Knox, Ky., July 21. (Photo by – Wenqing Yan)

FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadets of 6th Regiment Basic Camp (CIET), Alpha Company, performed various tasks and exercises as part of Cadet Common Task Training (CCTT) and Testing on Land Navigation at Training Area 8 July 21.

Cadet Common Task Training (CCTT) and Testing refer to series of basic tasks the Cadets have to go through during the time period between Day Land Navigation and Night Land Navigation Courses. The Cadets were able to work on three essential basic courses to prepare for the upcoming field exercises. The training consists of first aid, weapons and weapons maintenance, and land navigation.

The Cadets were given a brief on an injured casualty in the wood. They had to perform the correct nine-line MEDEVAC procedure and learn the proper ways to safely execute a medical evacuation.

“This is the stuff that happens everyday, especially when you are deployed or in a warzone. People get injured and you have to send people out to find them and help. It is something that could apply to everyone,” Cdt. Joseph Dellapiana from University of North Georgia, shared the importance of nine-line MEDEVAC training.

Cdt. Benson Wells, Basic Camp (CIET) 6th Regiment, Alpha Company, from Gattysberg University, applies both holding and sighting techniques of shooting an azimuth during the squad operation at Fort Knox, Ky., July 21. (Photo by - Wenqing Yan)

Cdt. Benson Wells, Basic Camp (CIET) 6th Regiment, Alpha Company, from Gattysberg University, applies both holding and sighting techniques of shooting an azimuth during the squad operation at Fort Knox, Ky., July 21. (Photo by – Wenqing Yan)

In addition to first aid and medical evacuation training, the Cadets were also being tested on map reading and terrain association using a map, their compass, and a protractor. Their knowledge was accented by squad movement drills to further enhance their tactical skills.

“They have to orientate their map using their compass, they have to plot series of coordinates and determine distance and direction while plotting them,” 2nd Lt. Joseph Morgan explained.

As part of the CCTT, the Cadets were able to go through a weapon familiarization course. The Cadets were able to perform proper weapon check, the correct way to load and unload their riffles, and how to execute a weapon function check.

“This is to build critical thinking, create a sense of time management, and build situational awareness,” Cdt. Kyle Hammond, from the Citadel Military College, said.

Cdt. Michal Bucker, Basic Camp (CIET) 6th Regiment, Alpha Company, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, aims his rifle during squad operations at Fort Knox, Ky., July 21. (Photo by - Wenqing Yan)

Cdt. Michal Bucker, Basic Camp (CIET) 6th Regiment, Alpha Company, from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, aims his rifle during squad operations at Fort Knox, Ky., July 21. (Photo by – Wenqing Yan)

Some of the Cadets have had experience with these basic tasks before. However, for the majority, these basic trainings were their first experiences with the Army. This series of tasks taught them what need to know before they can move on to Advanced Camp next year.

“They already have basic training over all of those tasks, so now we will be taking it to the next level and testing them on their knowledge of those tasks and putting them together to run a complete operation,” Lt. Col. Jessica Williss, CTO training officer, said.

Regardless their prior experiences, most Cadets were expected to retain a lot of information and skills while enjoying their time going through Cadet Summer Training.

“It is difficult at some point, but it is really rewarding in the end. It is a feeling of accomplishment when you get through it,” Cdt. Joseph Dellapiana said.

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