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Fort Knox, Ky.- Discipline is the word of the day at the 4th Regiment, Basic Camp Drill and Ceremony Competition. When talking to several Cadets and Cadre, most emphasized discipline as a characteristic and necessity for outstanding drill movement.

4th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets compete at the Drill and Ceremony Competition at Fort Knox, Ky. on July 18, 2018. Photo By: Inayah Bolton.

The Drill and Ceremony competition focused on how well a platoon can execute the basic movements a Soldier would make while marching along with a Drill Sergeant. Specifically, the foot and arm movement while marching, left and right turns, about-facing, saluting, and standing positions.  

Though it may sound simple to execute, it’s not a single person effort. It is about learning to move and act as a unit, which displays uniformity. The Cadets must move on the same count, be aware of spacing, remember each position that is called by the Drill Sergeant, and hone in on the sharpness of every move that is made by themselves and their neighbor.

Cadet Shane O’Sullivan from St. Bonaventure was asked why D&C is important to know and he responded with, “It teaches Cadets how Soldiers move in unison. It requires much attention to detail and the discipline that the Army requires of them.”

4th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets compete at the Drill and Ceremony Competition at Fort Knox, Ky. on July 18, 2018. Photo By: Inayah Bolton.

Each platoon from both Alpha and Bravo Company marched along with their Drill Sergeant displaying the discipline they acquired while here at Cadet Summer Training. 

Cadet Bailee Ryan from Oklahoma State University shared a highlight during the competition. “This was a little difficult a first because many of us didn’t know the proper movements, but its been great to see everyone come together and grow as a team.”

Step by step 4th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets march on individually and as a unit, displaying uniformity and strong discipline.

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