By Savoury Jacobson
FORT KNOX, KY. –On June 8, 2017, Advanced Camp Cadets of the 7 Regiment, engaged with call for fire training at Fort Knox, Ky.
Cadets learn about call for fire training at Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Savoury Jacobson.)
The goal of the training is to accurately estimate range in order to call in artilliery, successfully locating and destroying enemy targets during a combat situation. Computer programming is employed as the unit learns to find locations and engage a hostile person, object, or place . A communication system called fire discipline is used by the military in the directing of artillery engagement. Even though only a few soldiers actually carry out indirect fire operations during a deployment situation, it is important for all Cadets to learn how to read the map and know how to call in support for their ground operation.
An empty classroom awaits Advanced Camp Cadets who will be doing call to fire exercises, training, and tests at fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Savoury Jacobson.)
Specialist Tommy Sanchez explained, “…The Cadets will request and adjust indirect fires which is artillery support.”
The six things covered overall during class time was observer identification, warning order, target location, target description, and methods of engagement, along with method of fire and control. A pretest is first taken and then an actual test that Cadets have to pass is conducted. If they fail this test, the Cadets will be unable to graduate Advanced Camp. Call for fire is a precursor to land navigation training which will be taught later on during the thirty-one day course.
Cadet Summer Training will bring around 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: https://my.goarmy.com/info/rotc1/index.jsp?iom=IP08-AUTO-R1NA-BR-XXX-XX-XXX-MO-XX-X-BRCMAC:IP08