FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadets of Alpha Company, 7th Regiment, Basic Camp (CIET), kick off Cadet Summer Training by going through in-processing procedures at the Copple Center, July 16.
Cadet in-processing is an essential phase of the administrative regimental coordination to ensure all the Cadets arriving at Fort Knox are accounted for and their pay is properly initiated before conducting Cadet Summer Training (CST).
Cadets were transported to the Copple Center for in-processing to fill out their paperwork, which consist of: emergency contact information, travel orders, waivers, family data, and personal information.
“Today, all the Cadets are being processing. This is where they will verify their information as far as family emergencies to the spelling of their name. This is kind of like our accountability piece. If there’s anything wrong with it, they can fix it right then. They will get to do some paperwork on the pay rolls while they are here,” Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Gaytan, CST Personnel Operations (S1) Non-Commissioned Officer in Charge, explained.
In-processing marks the start of Cadet Summer Training. It is important that the Cadets’ records are correct so they can complete their summer training with no interruptions.
“At the end of Cadet Summer Training, I hope they can have a basic understanding of anything Army. They will be hard workers; they will developed a sense of time management and disciplined,” Military Science Level 3 Trainer Kyle Hallinan said.
While Cadets were getting their paperwork in proper order for in-processing, many were experiencing different emotions regarding their 30-day intensive training here at Fort Knox.
“I am kind of excited, kind of anxious. I was here earlier for Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program (CULP) so I kind of understand the training here at Fort Knox, but the Drill Sergeants definitely giving it a different atmosphere,” Cdt. Zachary Lukasik from Marquette University shared his thoughts about Cadet Summer Training.
Most Cadets have went through some basic training from their universities’ ROTC programs upon their arrival for CST; however, some have to start from the very beginning.
“I came from a school where we don’t have a ROTC program like the tradition courses for Cadets. So I am definitely not used to this but I am coming around. It has been enjoyable. I would like to improve in all areas. I definitely want to grasp the basics and that’s what I am focusing on right now,” Cdt. Thomas Parks from University of Richmond said.
The Cadets will learn all the essential skills, understanding of the Army and be put under various stressful situations while they are here for the Cadet Summer Training Basic Camp (CIET).
“They are going to hate it at first but they are going to love it later,” 2nd Lt. Mallory Schmitt noted.