FORT KNOX, KY.- Cadets of 6th Regiment, Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) completed day one at in-processing July 11.
This first stage of training organizes Cadets’ financial material, travel plans and verifies personal information.
Master Sgt. Matthew Pizzi, Senior Military Instructor at Arizona State and 6th Regiment CIET Sgt. Maj., said development is the main goal for training.
“We’re seeing nervousness, aloofness and exhaustion from the Cadets. They were up at 0430 this morning and for many of them, this is their first experience with ‘loud speaking’ from drill sergeants. We want to see the Cadets eager to learn because development and improvement is the biggest thing,” Pizzi said.
Cadets of 6th Regiment CIET are looking ahead to 29 days of intense training to learn basic soldiering and tactical skills. With the help of Cadre and Drill Sergeants, Cadets will complete trainings like first aid, the high ropes course and field exercises.
Cadre member, Cdt. Travis Chambers, Jacksonville State University, said that he has a unique perspective in helping to mentor other Cadets.
“For many of these Cadets, it may be their first experience with intensive military training so it’s great for them to see a face to which they can relate. As a Cadet myself, having just completed Cadet Leaders Course (CLC), I can help show them an example of what their Cadet career will look like,” Chambers said.
While they may be nervous and culture shocked, 6th Regiment CIET Cadets will train for the next 29 days as young leaders to become quality officers of the Army.