Fort Knox, Kentucky – Cadets from 1st Regiment, Basic Camp performed Individual Task Training (ITT) and learned how to assemble and utilize Single Channel Ground and Airborne Radio Systems (SINCGARS).
Erik Benson, an Aerospace engineering major from North Carolina State University said, “We learned how to assemble them, the battery, antenna, handset, and radio unit.”
These Cadets are learning to use Combat Net Radios currently used by US and allied forces. They are designed to be reliable, secure, and easily maintained. The units weigh about eight pounds and are able to transmit data and voice communications.
“The drill sergeants taught us how to clear and load frequencies, as well as how to use proper radio etiquette with the phonetic alphabet and correct numerals.” Said Jacob Dabon from William Patterson University (host ROTC program located at Seton Hall University).
The radios are the Soldiers lifeline and they will rely on them to ensure their missions are coordinated during the Field Training Exercise portions of camp.
“It starts to feel real, when you’re on a radio talking to people about Army stuff,” said Benson.