by: Cpt. Samuel D. Sellers
edited by: Mattie Cook
Fort Knox, Ky.- Brig. Gen. Robert W. Bennett, Deputy Commanding Officer U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, and other Cadet Command leadership visited training areas of Fort Knox to evaluate and validate 41 Cadet Summer Training (CST) Cadre on their knowledge of basic squad level tactics.
This evaluation, in preparation for the 15 June Field Training Exercise phase of Basic Camp, tested Cadre members comprised of 20 Senior ROTC instructors from over 20 colleges across the eight brigades within U.S. Army Cadet Command. Additionally, 25 newly commissioned 2nd Lieutenants rounded out the teams of Cadre members.
Brig. Gen. Bennett’s evaluation was the last of many validations the Cadre must complete before Basic Camp tactical training begins.
Maj. Gen. Christopher Hughes’, Commanding General U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox, set forth the goal of tough realistic training for Cadets. These validations are required in support of that mission, designed to engage top notch Cadre to produce top notch Cadets.
Cadet Summer Training, comprised of Basic and Advanced camps, prepares Cadets to become Army officers. Basic Camp is experienced by Military Science one and two Cadets who learn troop leading procedures and are mentored on leadership attributes and the decision making process.
During the Field Training Exercise, Cadre will ensure each Cadet is given leadership opportunities on which they will be assessed.