FORT KNOX- Deciding what the right path to choose is an important question all college students have to answer. This is a question even the Cadets of 6th Regiment, Basic Camp (CIET), have to face. Branch orientation is an event dedicated to sharing information and answering questions that these future Army officers may have when it comes down to picking what branch is right for them.
1st Lt. Dan White, Field Artillery branch member, explained more about the orientation.
“The Cadets have all morning to see five different branches – two of which must be the Army Reserves and National Guard. The Cadets get to choose the other three branches to look into,” White said. “We give them the pitch and present information to them, show them the opportunities the branch has and get them to start looking into what they can do in their future.”
Each branch has a tent that Cadets can visit and have a chance to get information from members who are in that branch, as well as ask any questions they have.
Cdt. Jean Hume-Dawson, Alcorn State University, is planning on branching into the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps.
“I want to branch JAG Corps. I’ve known I want to be a lawyer or do something to help people. I found out I could be a military lawyer and did research and it really interested me – now it’s my first choice,” Dawson said.
Even though Dawson knows her first choice, today was still beneficial.
“Today was great because I was able to ask about how difficult it would to branch JAG Corps in different states which will help direct me when making my future plans,” Dawson said.
Cdt. Jordan Walker, University of Missouri-Kansas City, agrees that the branch orientation is a necessary event.
“It explains everything you should be aware of and what qualifications you need to get into the branch you want to go into. It may help confirm what you want to do or steer you in another direction. It really opens your eyes to all your options,” Walker said.
Brig. Gen. Gene Leboeuf, Deputy Commanding General (IMA) Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, The Army University, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, advises Cadets to really take advantage of the orientation.
“Cadets should ask lots of question and be attentive to what the briefers have to say about the opportunities their branch has to offer. They shouldn’t be afraid to reach out the people who are in that branch to get detailed answers. Then go back and reflect on everything they were told to make the right decision when the time comes,” Leboeuf said.