Cadets from 2nd Regiment Advanced Camp received the final pieces of their clothing and equipment list today at the Central Issue Facility at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Some supplies they may need are socks, leather gloves, a ruck sack or a poncho.
The Cadets lined up and moved from station-to-station drawing any missing items. Then, they checked the supplies to be sure it is the correct size and serviceable, free of holes, rips, or damages.
Cadets are only allowed to have supplies which are issued and regulated by the Army. There are many items that are considered to be contraband, or not allowed.
Some Cadets said they will miss having their phones during Advanced Camp. They won’t be able to check on family and friends during certain periods because a phone can be considered contraband.
Trevor Emond, a Cadet with Bravo Company, said he’ll miss drinking “real” coffee. The Colorado Springs University student from Pueblo, Colorado said MRE coffee isn’t as good as the coffee he’s used to.
Even without the luxuries of regular civilian life, these Cadets are excited for Advanced Camp. Elijah Baldwin, from Los Angeles, California, said he’s ready to make friendships with his fellow Cadets.
“I’m excited just to go out to the field with the guys and build a relationship with the guys and gals I’m with,” the Bravo Company member said. “So, when we do leave Advanced Camp we have that network.”
There are 37 days of Advanced Camp with a combination in garrison assessment and field training exercises (FTX). Many Cadets said they’ll miss their family members during their time at Fort Knox.
Albert Anthony, a University of South Florida student from Bravo Company, said he’ll miss his wife and daughter while he’s here.
“It’s our anniversary and my daughter’s birthday during the time I’m here,” Anthony said.
Now that the Cadets are fully equipped with Army gear, they will continue Cadet Summer Training. The supplies they received today will be used for several events throughout Advanced Camp.