FORT KNOX, Ky. – 5th Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) Alpha Company Cadets went through Land Navigation training to hone navigation skills July 11.
Cadets use their basic knowledge of map-reading with their battle buddy, map, compass, and protractor to reach all four points, completing the Land Navigation course.
Cdt. Rebekah Frandy, University of Virginia, found her land navigation training beneficial to her military knowledge.
“We have four points to find by a certain time. Yesterday we had a class going over land navigation and now we’re doing it in real-life.” Frandy said.
“The main purposes of this training is confidence and knowledge, if and when electronics fail,” Dillon said.
Land Navigation is a ground-based unit for the U.S. Army used to find their way through terrain and reach target destinations.
Mr. Frank Barrow, Tactical Operations Center (TOC) Officer in Charge (OIC), explains how Cadets learn to read a map, plan and navigate from point A to point B.
“They learn evaluative skills that are applicable to real-life military careers. It’s probably one of the most important things the Cadets will learn, other than being able to shoot. We wouldn’t be able to function as the Army without it.” Barrow states.
If Cadets weren’t proficient in land navigation training they could get lost, hit rough terrain, travel into enemy territory, lose the element of surprise and potentially put their platoon at risk.