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CIET Cadets explore Branch Orientation

FORT KNOX, KY. – During the first two years of Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC), Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) 2nd Regiment Cadets have the opportunity to explore the different branches of the Army at Branch Orientation.

Cdt. Nick Haywood (left), Arkansas State University, Cdt. Caleb Mergener (middle), Farris State University Michigan, and Cdt. Luke Bynum (right), Texas A&M University, sit in the back of a Stryker and ask questions about being a Calvary scout. Cadets had the oppertunity to see the different jobs avaliable during branch orientation in which different branches of the Army came out to give the Cadets insite to what may be their future job with the 2nd Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Fort Knox, Ky., July 1..Photo by: Trent Taylor

Cadets had the oppertunity to see the different jobs avaliable during branch orientation in which different branches of the Army came out to give the Cadets insite to what may be their future job with the 2nd Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Fort Knox, Ky., July 1. Photo by: Trent Taylor

Rodney McClinton, Logistics Technician at Northern Arizona University, helps to oversee Branch Orientation.

“Here at Branch Orientation, the Cadets get to learn about the Active Army, National Guard and Army Reserve,” McClinton said.

Some of the branches on site included Quartermaster, Aviation, Judge Advocate General, and Logistics.

“The first and second year Cadets get to come here, and they still have a couple of years before they make their final decision on their branch. Obviously some of the decision is based on how well they do in school,” McClinton explained, “They cannot go to all of the branches here, but they can choose three they are interested in and explore those.”

Cdt. McKay Dula, Presbyterian College, Charlotte N.C., found a branch he was interested in while at the orientation.

“I’m particularly interested in Judge Advocacy General (JAG), being a military lawyer. I’d like to be prosecuting and defending, upholding Army standards, and making sure everyone is following the same justice system,” Dula said.

Cdt. Damien Smith, South Carolina State University, Hopkins S.C., feels confident that he can make the right decision for his future.

Cdt. Luke Bynum, Texas A&M University, gets the oppertunity to sit in the driver seat of a Tank during branch orientation which gives Cadets the opportunity to learn what the different branches of the Army have to offer with the 2nd Regiment Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) at Fort Knox, Ky., July 1..Photo by: Trent Taylo

Cdt. Luke Bynum, Texas A&M University, gets the oppertunity to sit in the driver seat of a Tank during branch orientation at Fort Knox, Ky., July 1. Photo by: Trent Taylor

“I feel really excited, I got a lot of questions answered about the National Guard, and I feel very confident about my decisions I’m going to make about my career,” Smith continued, “I want to branch into the Engineering Corps.”

Smith would advise that future Cadets attending the orientation prepare themselves in advance.

“I would tell anyone to do as much research as you can, ask questions, write down questions before you come to the event, and just be attentive to all the information that you receive and take notes.” Smith said.

McClinton believes that Cadets should think ahead to the future before selecting the right branch for themselves.

“The best thing a Cadet can do when they are trying to make up their mind is to ask themselves a few questions first,” McClinton said, “Am I going to be in the military for twenty years and make it a career? If you want to do that, then by all means go into a branch that truly inspires you. Am I going to be in the Army for only six years or so and get out? Then you may want to go into a branch that will be useful to you when you get out. You have to think about what you really want to do.”

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Emily LaForme

A student at Michigan State University, Emily is a Public Affairs Intern for U.S. Army Cadet Command of Fort Knox, KY. Emily has a passion for all things military, journalism, and MSU football.

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