FORT KNOX, Ky – As the first taste of field training, Cadets from 7th Regiment, Basic Camp began learning the basics of tactical operations July 25, 2018 during Squad Formation Order of Movement.
The day started off with an early morning wake-up, an MRE breakfast, and a short trek to Training Area 7, where the Cadets were briefed and split up for individual squad training sessions.
The Cadets sat in small clearings in the forest, listening to play-by-play instructions of the operation they would be conducting.
“We were taught a hasty assault, which is coming up on an enemy when you have no plan,” explained Cadet Zane Bouregy, Virginia Military Institute. “We were taught first on a whiteboard, visualizing how to get a team on line, bring your second team around to flank, and get your second team on line.”
They also reviewed basic mission procedures, such as first-aid.
“We briefly went through how to medevac someone, how to treat a patient, and how to deal with EPW, Enemy Prisoners of War,” Bouregy continued.
The mission was lead by Cadre, the instructors who train the Cadets. The Cadre stayed with them the entire time, giving them orders, helping them think through each step, and correcting mistakes.
“All these Cadre, they’ve been in our position before,” Cadet Griffin Clark, University of Iowa, stated. “It’s nice to have that kind of experience. Especially with this lane, I think we learned what exactly to do.”
This exercise was all about teaching these Cadets, so that they can eventually do it on their own, leading each other and working together. This is the first of many field exercises. For those who come back for Advanced Camp, they will be continuously using the skills they learn here during their weeks of field training exercises.
“I learned how to properly use ‘aid and litter’ (an Army term for first aid) because I didn’t know the names of what I was supposed to use and how to do it.” Cadet Meaghan Ambelang, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, said. “You stay with your patient instead of going to your squad leader. I guess my patient would have died cause I would have done that wrong.”
The Cadets successfully performed their first mission, finishing with only one simualted injury and one casualty. The squad moved as they were instructed, communicated well, and took on everything the Cadre threw at them.
“I think it went really well,” Ambelang reflected. “I don’t think it could have gone any better for most of us who haven’t had this kind of training before. [We had] some minor hiccups, but I think it went really well.”