FORT KNOX, KY. – Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) 5TH Regiment Cadets participated in Military Communications classes taught by their peers in order to learn first-hand how to communicate effectively in the field.
2nd Lt. Paul Kim, University of Illinois Urbana – Champaign, oversees the training for military communications.
“They learn military communication towards the beginning of their training, they are just getting their feet wet,” Kim said, “We are using our subordinates to teach military communication to them. I’ve realized that they learn best when they have to teach the material. When you have to learn it and then teach it, you remember it better.”
Cdt. Peter Franco, Providence College, native of Savannah, Ga., taught a class to his fellow Cadets on problem solving.
“I thought my lesson went really well. The key to problem solving is identifying the source of the problem and creating a plan that attacks the source. The key is working as a team and having one leader who can direct everyone toward the problem,” Franco said, “I think the class will be very helpful. It showed everyone in my platoon that they can execute and solve problems and lead. They can find a final solution and get a successful outcome.”
Cdt. George Allen, Military Science third-year (MS III), Columbus State University, native of Smiths Station, Ala., led a class on military communication and movements.
“It’s all about learning effectively, I want to give them knowledge on to go return to their schools and teach the others around them. Most people tend to relate to people their age, so they learn better,” Allen said.
Kim believes military communication is important to learn early on in Cadet training.
“Communication is one of the basic fundamentals as an officer, you need to know how to communicate effectively,” Kim said, “The army likes to preach that communication is key for any leader. It makes sense that we want to teach military communication early, because it becomes a foundation for them. They can use this information for the rest of their careers.”