FORT KNOX, Ky. – Advanced Camp 8th Regiment Cadets reported to Fort Knox, Kentucky, July 6, for their training on becoming future leaders in the U.S. Army.

Cadets go through in processing when they arrive at the pit. The Cadets “get off the bus that transported them from Louisville International Airport, they line up standing at parade rest while they receive a short brief from the cadre about what is expected of them,” said Sgt. 1st Class Justin Butler, University of Southern

Cadets of Advanced Camp 8th Regiment prepare to dump out their packs prior to being settled into their barracks for Cadet Summer Training (CST). July 6, Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Amber Vincent)

Maine.“Cadets are then broken down into their companies once we have a 100 percent accountability. When they get into their different companies they are assigned their room number, platoon and squad. Once they receive their companies they head over to the designated area and dump out their bags.”

Cadets have a packing list they are given before they come to know what is allowed and not. Some things that are not allowed are tobacco products of any kind, certain prescription medications, and food. Besides a cell phone and the headphones it comes with, all other electronics are tracked and kept safe with the cadre until they are done with their training.

They have the cadets only bring what is on the packing list and nothing that will be over the 31 days they are there. If a cadet is bringing a certain medication they are only allowed to bring 31 tablets.

Many Cadets begin facing their challenges on day zero. “A lot of stuff in the Army is organization and admin stuff. It’s just something you got to be good at, to take charge of a situation and get the simple tasks done efficiently and affectively,” said Cadet John Dwyer, Norwich University from Shelburne Vermont.

“One major challenge for in-processing for cadets is the 600 meter ruck march back to their barracks,” said Butler. “They have a packing list and that is a lot of stuff and when you have 2 to 3 bags that can end up being more than their body weight.”

Cadets of Advanced Camp 8th Regiment are given notebooks for their training. July 6, Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Amber Vincent)

After they put their items away in their wall locker, change into their PT clothes and then they have another briefing.

Cadet Dwyer stated why this was important to him to go through the in-processing process.

“It sets the standard for everything we are going to do here on out. Coming in, it puts everyone on the same playing field,” said Dwyer. “Everyone is trying to help everyone, getting each others bags, getting checked in and you end up getting thrown into positions.”

Cadet Summer Training will bring 8,200 Cadets through Basic and Advanced Camp this summer on Fort Knox. These camps are designed to help challenge, grow and improve various skills and leadership qualities within the Cadets. If you think you have what it takes to be a Cadet or if you are interested in a job after college, click the following link: