FORT KNOX, Ky. – Basic Camp (Cadet Initial Entry Training) Cadets from 7th Regiment, Alpha Company, conducted Troop-Leading Procedures (TLPs) at Poorman Range July 28.
Troop-Leading Procedures (TLPs) include pre-combat checks (PCC) and pre-combat inspections (PCI). Cadets conduct TLPs before executing their training to ensure they are well prepared.
Staff Sgt. Randon Harvey, a drill sergeant and TLP instructor, taught Cadets how to be as ready as possible for field missions.
“PCC and PCI are for Cadets to do before doing their mission. We make sure every Cadet has all of their equipment they will need. Every Cadet has to keep their weapons clean and get enough water. Depending on the missions they have, PCC and PCI will change,” Harvey said.
“Cadets will learn how to adapt different situation, learn leadership skills. It’s never going to be textbook, anything can go on anytime and they can know what to do for their mission or task,” Harvey added.
Cdt. Eric Telles, the College of William and Mary in Virginia, said the training provided a great learning opportunity.
“I’ve never done anything else with ROTC before, this is my first experience. So far it’s been two weeks. I’ve learned a lot,” Telles said.
Cdt. Noah Huelsing, Norwich University in Vermont, agreed.
“I learned a lot of fundamental stuff that I can bring back to my college,” Huelsing said. “I’ve always wanted to be a Soldier since I was a kid. I think that’s a great way to serve my country. Being in the field and protecting others is perfect for me.”