FORT KNOX, Ky. – Advanced Camp 6th Regiment along with Basic Camp 5th Regiment attended the ROTC Cadet Summer Leadership Training, July 24, Fort Knox, Kentucky.

Cadet Acherkan stands next to Gen. Perkins after being presented with the General’s 4-star patch as part of the presentation on leadership, in Fort Knox, Ky., on July 24, 2017. (Photo by Jordyn McCulley)

Commanding General of TRADOC David G. Perkins spoke to Cadets throughout the day by going to different training areas they were at. He then gave an inspiring speech at Olive Theater, Fort Knox, Kentucky; to the 6th Regiment, Advanced Camp and 5th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets about how he obtained his four stars through leadership.

“He explained how TRADOC worked and what his general function within our lines was,” said Cadet Cameron DeLaigle, Texas A&M, from Hopkinsville, Ky. “He also talked about the responsibilities and leadership skills to be an officer in the U.S. Army.”

General Perkins said “Any Officer would instantly swap places with any Cadet.”

“I really liked how General Perkins spoke about the conversation he had with the foreign General with what officers in America take for granted,” said DeLaigle. “It was interesting to see how professionalism actually works in our favor.”

At the end of his briefing he had a question and answer point and Cadets came up with excellent questions.

“One Cadet asked how we fight the foreign enemies that does fight by our rules; and it was interesting that we do fight by our rules and it makes it more professional and easier to control in combat,” said DeLaigle.

“It gave me a lot to think about for when I do become a 2nd Lt. I want to listen to more of these inspirational speakers who have experience in these things to help guide me,” said DeLaigle.

Commanding General of Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), David G. Perkins spoke with Cadets from both Advanced and Basic Camps, 6th Regiment, about the importance of leadership in the Army, in Fort Knox, Ky., on July 24, 2017. (Photo by Jordyn McCulley)

Cadets walked away from this experience with more knowledge than they joined ROTC with. The briefing from Commanding General Perkins helped the Cadets understand why professionalism and why the Army as rules that the Cadets follow to help them in the future.

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: