FORT KNOX, Ky. – With five days remaining in Advanced Camp, Cadets of 10th Regiment became acquainted with the different branches the Army has to offer at branch round table at Hill Hall August 11.
Branch round table helps Cadets to make an informed decision when it comes to choosing their military career path.
Lt. Col. Stewart Van Buren, an adjutant general (AG) officer at Human Resources Command and a presenter at branch round table , advises Cadets to remember that despite whatever branch they find themselves in, their first priority is bigger than themselves.
“Regardless of what branch they get, there are certain core skill sets that apply to all branches. We’re all one team. We want capable officers in the AG corps like I talked in my brief and there’s some great opportunities all over the world where every unit has personnelists. I encourage them and let them know different opportunities, but most importantly, congratulate them for joining the military and for their service,” Van Buren said.
For Cadet Ernesto Aguilar, his eyes are set on going to a branch where not a lot of others are headed.
“I’m actually looking at the chemical corps. I feel like it’s an interesting branch that not a lot of people want to do. Not a lot of people are interested in it, and I feel like that’s a great opportunity for me to progress,” Aguilar said.
With less than a year until Aguilar’s commissioning ceremony, the University of Hawaii at Manoa student says he’s thankful for the information he received from branch round table that ultimately helped him to make the decision to pursue the chemical corps.
“It’s pretty emotional because I’m having to deal with making that decision as to what I want to do for the next couple years with my life in addition to focusing on that last year of my education as well. It’s pretty complicated, but I think I’m doing a pretty good job at dealing with both sides,” he expressed.
10th Regiment, Advanced Camp – the final regiment of Cadet Summer Training 2017 – is set to graduate August 16.
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: https://my.goarmy.com/info/rotc1/index.jsp?iom=IP08-AUTO-R1NA-BR-XXX-XX-XXX-MO-XX-X-BRCMAC:IP08