FORT KNOX, Ky.—6th Regiment, Advanced Camp conducts Situational Training Exercise (STX) Lanes to help prepare them for their Field Training Exercises.

Cadet Brenna Friedel, Clemson University, scopes out her environment while participating in Platoon Situational Training Exercises on July 13 at Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Emily Peacock)

You have to walk before you can run, and you have to be able to crawl before you can walk. This idea is something that has been adopted here at Cadet Summer Training, Advanced Camp.

Before Cadets can run raids, ambushes and leaders recons in the field without any assistance, they have to know the basic Army doctrine on how to conduct each step of these missions. The STX Lanes is the crawl phase.

“I feel this part of training is important especially for people who haven’t had any experience in conducting a battle drill or tactics,” remarked Cadet Marshall Bennett, University of Wisconsin—River Falls.

While at the STX Lanes, Cadre members will have Cadets run three iterations of one lane. The first iteration is completely Cadre led. Cadre members explain step-by-step the Army doctrine that goes into each lane.

Cadets from 6th Regiment, Advanced Camp participated in Platoon Situational Training Exercises on July 13 at Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Emily Peacock)

The second run is what is called Cadre assisted. During this run, Cadets will mostly run the lane, but Cadre can step in at any time to correct or explain what the Cadets and Cadet leadership are doing wrong.

The third run is completely run by Cadets and Cadet leadership. At the end of the third run, the platoon will conduct an after action review to talk about what went wrong and how to improve for the next time.

“People learn how to do all of these missions a little differently or not at all at their schools. By doing the STX lanes here at camp it puts us all on the same page and we can go in as one unit,” commented Cadet Brenna Friedel, Clemson University.