FORT KNOX, Ky., – Cadets of 6th Regiment Basic Camp (Cadet Initial Entry Training) finally reunited with their loved ones at the Patton Museum, Aug. 8 after the long and vigorous Cadet Summer Training (CST).
Before the Cadets can officially be graduated from CST, they are given an opportunity to spend some quality time with their family members, significant others, friends and loved ones on Family Day.
The majority of families, who live close by, were able to see their graduating Cadets. However, there were also families who were able to make it disregarding the distance. Other family members were able to keep in contact with their Cadet as they went through their training.
“Every time she can, she would shoot us a text or giving us a call to let us know that she is doing well. And that she is exited to see us,” Adora Hall, sister-in-law of Cdt. Zoe Hall from Boise State University, shared. “She is excited to be done with the training, but she is happy that she has done it. She is happy that she continued and stuck it out.”
Some families were not as able to keep in close contact with their Cadets in training.
“We were kind of hit or miss with calls in the past few days due to our work schedules. But we were able to talk to him last night. So it is very exciting to be able to see him today,” Anthony Ratliff, father of Cdt. Kody Ratliff from Indiana State, said.
For family members at home, one of the most difficult moments is when a son or daughter expresses his or her desire to serve in the military. But this also allows them to show their gratification and to motivate the Cadets as they focus on their training at hand.
“When he told me he was going to join the Army, I was proud and I was hoping that I taught him enough. He just need to prepare himself to be an outstanding Soldier so he can work his way up, and make it further than I did,” retired Capt. David Sizemore, Sr., father of Cdt. David Sizemore, Jr., from Western Kentucky University, shared.
Family Day was definitely a proud moment for the parents – who hoped their ongoing advice would help make the future leaders the best they can be.
“I just hope that he learned a lot and gave it his all. That’s what I told him when he joined the program – ‘if you are going to do it, give it everything you got.’ So just hopefully he has done that,” Stacie Ratliff said.