FORT KNOX, Ky. — Fifth Regiment Cadets took another step toward commissioning as Army Officers today as they graduated from Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Cadets spent the last 37 days completing Advanced Camp. Advanced Camp is the training they must complete in order to continue in their university’s ROTC program and eventually commission as an Officer.
The training gave Cadets experience in everything from basic soldiering skills, like rappelling, to organizing and executing platoon operations during the 10-day Field Training Exercise (FTX).
After 37 days, Cadets were eager to have finished and head back home.
“I’m excited to be done because now I can go back and teach the rest of the upcoming MS3 Cadets,” Cadet Kenneth Warnock, from Twain Harte, California, and attending Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, said.
Warnock is not the only Cadet who wants to share their new wealth of knowledge with younger Cadets.
Cadet Mohamed Ali Elmaola, from Clark University, is ready to use his new leadership as Cadet battalion commander.
“I am excited to take what I learned here and better train our Cadets so they can crush it when they come to Advanced Camp,” Elmaola said.
Maj. Gen. Stephen Hogan, 52nd Adjutant General of the Commonwealth of Kentucky, spoke about the training’s purpose during his guest speech.
Hogan said it teaches Cadets to hold themselves to the highest standard and always take the harder road. If they do, they will learn more and eventually become the best leader they can be.
“We expect you to hold the standards of the United States Army so we expect you to have your Soldiers do the exact same,” Hogan said.
Hogan said Soldiers will follow the leaders who hold themselves to a higher standard and hold their Soldiers to the same standard. The Army standard.
“This training works. Period. Exclamation point,” Hogan said. “If you exercise your training exactly how you have been taught, you are going to be an outstanding Officer.”