FORT KNOX, Ky.—Cadets of 4th Regiment, Advanced Camp, were further conditioned in their future leader training in the Call for Fire Trainer on June 18.

“Call for Fire Trainer is used to test and teach Army ROTC Cadets the skill of how to call in indirect fire. It’s a skill that’s required that can help save their lives and the lives of their Soldiers one day.” said Lt. Col. Larry Rentz, Officer in Charge.

The overall objective was that Cadets would walk away with an understanding of the call and purpose for fire as well as the process, radio transitions and destroy a target.

Cadets were very interactive in the Call for Fire Training and were given the opportunities to put what they learned into action. (Photo by Breanne Ward)

Cadets underwent this training for about four hours. During this time, they were in a classroom setting that allowed them to be better focused and use a simulator to hone in on the learning objective. During the last hour of training, Cadets are tested on the skills taught to ensure that they are prepared for the future.

“Overall, I’m looking forward to developing leaders of character for our Army with skills that will make them a value asset to the Army.” shared Rentz, who is the professor of Military Science for the University of Maryland. “Those skills are being able to shoot, move, communicate and lead soldiers.”

Rentz expressed that he believed that leadership is the ability to motivate and communicate and give direction to those that one shall lead.

Cadets used tools to help them map out where to make their call for fire. (Photo by Breanne Ward)

“To get a group of folks to accomplish a mission, you give them purpose and you give them direction, a way to go. You motivate them and you accomplish the mission.” said Rentz.

Rentz shared that he is an ROTC graduate and completed Advanced Camp in 1990 in Fort Riley, KS, the last year it was held there.

“It’s interesting to see a lot of the things we did over 20 years ago be brought back in to fashion again.” said Rentz.

Cadet Summer Training will bring about 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: