FORT KNOX, Ky. – 4th Regiment, Advanced Camp Cadets got the chance to let loose the day before their graduation. As a special treat Cadets are able to see their families before graduating from Cadet Summer Training at Fort Knox, Ky., July 13.
Throughout the time of Cadet Summer Training, Cadets are only allowed to have their phone for 30 minutes before lights out in the barracks.
Cadets are very eager to spend time with their families just as much as the families want to spend time with them.
Lisa Young, mother of Cadet Emma Murray who is attending Morgan State University, was among the family members that reunited with their cadet.
“I feel a lot better now than when I first arrived,” said Young. “I’m very thankful for how supportive everyone has been through this journey.”
For some Cadets it’s bitter sweet because their families weren’t able to make it.
“I didn’t really expect to want to see my family, I was just thinking I will see them at graduation,” said Cadet Lia Curci, from James Madison University. “But, after standing in formation and seeing everyone’s else’s families come out, I wish they had come.”
Family Day is a day were all walks of life come together for a joyous moment, mothers seeing their kids for the first time in a while, fathers seeing their kids come back a little tougher, and kids seeing that hero inside mommy and daddy.
Curci wanted to say that the experience was her favorite part but nothing could beat the people she had met along the way of Cadet Summer Training including the Cadre members.
“Getting to know them and building those life long bonds is truly a different level of experience,” said Curci.
4th Regiment, Advanced Camp Cadets graduate tomorrow, July 14, with their battle buddies and moving forward with the knowledge and experiences they have learned during their time at Cadets Summer Training.