The days are getting longer but the wait for Army ROTC Cadet Summer Training (CST) is getting much shorter.
May 31, the first Advanced Camp Cadets will arrive to Fort Knox, Ky. They will be the first group of approximately 6,300 Cadets that will complete the 35-day training event required to commission as a second lieutenant through Army ROTC. Cadets are given the opportunity to develop and demonstrate leadership skills for their future Army careers.
“Advanced Camp is the capstone event that challenges [Cadets’] leadership skills by placing them in ambiguous and complex environments, requiring them to use critical thinking and problem solving to succeed,” Brig. Gen. Amanda Azubuike said, CST 2023 commandant and deputy commanding general of U.S. Army Cadet Command.
June 26, the first Basic Camp Cadets will arrive to Fort Knox for the 32-day training event that acts as an introductory course to the Army. Approximately 1,000 Cadets will learn basic soldiering skills and prepare to take Army ROTC courses at their university campuses.
“Cadets come to Fort Knox to train and be evaluated by professional Cadre assembled from across the Army,” Azubuike said. “In addition to the world class training they receive, [Cadets] will receive detailed feedback and assessments that are aimed at their continued growth and development.”
The mission of CST is to inspire, challenge, train and assess Cadets in order to develop leaders of character who can fight and win in a complex environment.
Cadets won’t be the only ones rolling through Fort Knox this summer. More than 5,000 Soldiers from U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM), U.S. Army Medical Command (MEDCOM) and U.S. Army Reserves (USAR) will support the training efforts. Cadre members from across U.S. Army Cadet Command will also be on the ground to train Cadets.
“I want the Cadre to be professional and provide world class, well-rehearsed training, with standardized events across the different phases of training,” Azubuike said.
Though there are no major changes this year, some changes from last year are sticking around.
This will be the second summer Cadets completing Basic Camp will go through the Night Infiltration Course (NIC). During the course, Cadets must low crawl 100 meters over and under obstacles with live rounds being fired overhead.
Once the Cadets’ training is complete, they will have the opportunity to celebrate with friends and loved ones the day before their graduations. For more information on family days and graduation ceremonies visit https://futurearmyofficers.army.mil/graduation-information/.
To keep up with CST this summer follow @ArmyROTC on social media and visit https://futurearmyofficers.army.mil/.
About Army ROTC
Army ROTC is one of the best leadership courses in the country and is part of your college curriculum. Through classes and field training, Army ROTC provides you with the tools to become an Army Officer without interfering with your other classes. ROTC also provides you with discipline and money for tuition while enhancing your college experience.
Army ROTC offers pathways to becoming an Army Officer for high school students, current active-duty Soldiers, and for current National Guard and Army Reserve Soldiers through the Simultaneous Membership Program.
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