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Cadets learn tactical and practical skills during team maneuver training

FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) Cadets, 4th Regiment, Bravo Company learn from each other’s backgrounds and differences while exercising team maneuvers in the forests of Poorman Range July 9.  

According to Staff Sgt. Kevin B. Wilson, drill sergeant for CIET, 4th Regiment, Bravo Company, team maneuvers provide “a way for individuals to come together and maneuver from point A to point B.”

Cadets rotate between a reconnaissance station, an attack station and an ambush station.  At each, they receive firsthand training and an opportunity to showcase how to maneuver in a particular station’s focus.

Cdt. Regan Adams, University of Houston, goes through the 5 points contingency plan with his battle buddy, 4th Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), as part of Team Maneuver Training at Fort Knox Ky., July 9. Photo by Linh Nguyen

Cdt. Regan Adams, University of Houston, goes through the 5 points contingency plan with his battle buddy, 4th Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET), as part of Team Maneuver Training at Fort Knox Ky., July 9. Photo by Linh Nguyen

While Cadets learn how to maneuver as teams through enemy territory, they also learn to work with others who differ in backgrounds and personalities.

This adds another challenge – and learning experience – to the training environment.

“A lot of it is trying to figure out when to step up, take charge and teach and lead and when to sit back, listen and learn from other people.  That’s something that I’m working on,” said Cdt. Hannah Peterson, a sophomore psychology major at Pacific Lutheran University from Hamilton, Mont.

Wilson added that this type of hands-on training is essential for Cadets’ officership development.

Cadets of 4th Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) stand in formation before departing Poorman Range at Fort Knox Ky., July 9. Photo by Linh Nguyen

Cadets of 4th Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) stand in formation before departing Poorman Range at Fort Knox Ky., July 9. Photo by Linh Nguyen

“When they get their own Soldiers, they must understand and know the basics on what their Soldiers already know and have trained on,” Wilson said.

Cdt. Brady Hartman, a sophomore criminal justice major at Northern Arizona University from Fountain Hills, Ariz., said the experience is teaching him to be more confident in himself and his peers.

“Some people know more than me, some people know less.  We have to cater to all the strengths and weaknesses of a squad or platoon,” Hartman said.

Working among and leading others with different backgrounds is a practical skill CIET Cadets receive that will prove to be essential to their future military careers.

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Sade' Wilson is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill majoring in media and journalism and minoring in religious studies.

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