FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadets from 3rd Regiment, Basic Camp were introduced to physical readiness training, July 4.
The training is a collection of strength exercises and stretches such as, push-ups, squats, lunges, and wind-mills.
The physical training is led by Drill Sergeants, who mix motivation with stress inducing tactics like screaming, demanding time restraints and scrutiny to detail.
Cadets are expected to work as a unit even when performing personal training. Leading the Drill Sergeants to extend workouts until everyone is able to complete them together.
This stress causes Cadets to be responsible for building each other up when some fall behind, says Cadet Shelby Huffman, University of North Alabama.
“We are constantly motivating each other,” she said. “If we see someone who is falling behind or struggling. We really push them to their limits so they can improve.”
Physical readiness training should also be considered mental training according to Cadet Liam Hewey, Eastern Washington University.
“It’s going to prepare us for mental toughness and for the field,” he said.
“It breaks down barriers and makes you more confident,” said Cadet Terrell Fields, Kings College. “The key here is more confidence, and motivation.”
The training is a great place to learn to be a leader according to Huffman.
“It’s important to be at your top physical condition, especially if you want to lead others– you need to lead by example. If you show them you are mentally tough or physically tough they will fall in line.”
Working with the Drill Sergeants is a humbling and maturing activity according to Hewey.
“Going back to my university I am going to be more mature and be able to help other younger Cadets,” he said.
Basic Camp Cadets will continue to participate in physical training until their Army Physical Fitness Test on the 16 and 18 of July.