FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadets from 2nd Regiment, Advanced Camp in-processed today at the Copple Center at the start of their Cadet Summer Training. In-processing is probably one of the longest and important days they have to go through.
“It’s important because it facilitates that we are supposed to be here,” said Cadet Tyrique Green, Lincoln University of Missouri.
The process to in-process is a long but important one. Cadets line up outside to receive their folders with the paperwork they will be filling out. If the Cadets are missing a document they will be given one to fill out. One of the crucial pieces of paper they must have is a DD93, Record of Emergency Data. “DD93 is so important because if anything happens to them we know who to contact,” said 2ndLt. Amber Matchett, from Belleville, IL.
With their checklist completed, the Cadets wait outside until the rest of their company is finished.
For many Cadets this is the “first step to starting your training,” said Cadet Marcell Randall, who attends The Citadel.
While the Cadets waited in line to in-process they had time to reflect on if they are prepared for the next 36 days of training.
“I’m excited for CBRN or Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear chamber,” said Randall. “It’s a cool thing to go through; it’s funny for the cadre to watch and funny for us to experience something like that.”
“I’m excited to go to the field. I enjoy the field unlike most people. I honestly get the best sleep when I’m out in the field,” laughed Cadet Gary Panion, University of South Alabama. “I am nervous about meeting new people. Some people will like you and some won’t and you will have to learn how to adapt. This will make me a better leader because if you can learn to work with everybody you are able to give them and advantage and yourself an advantage to be able to do whatever the mission is.”
“My school really taught us different formations, tactics, learning under pressure, coordination and how to communicate to each other,” said Green.
In-processing is truly the calm before the storm of what the next 37 days will be like.