FORT KNOX, Ky. – 5th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets conducted training on the First Aid techniques July 25 during Cadet Summer Training.
5th Regiment Cadets learned Combat Life Saving (CLS) techniques and first aid. These skills taught today makes the Cadets take another step towards becoming a professional Soldier. Furthermore, as stated by the lane Cadre, this training saves lives and is almost more important than any other training.
Cadets are instructed at different stations and rotate to new stations to be tested or receive more instruction in order to ensure the lesson has been understood.
This training has multiple applications. Cadet Cyntasia Wright, South Carolina University, affirmed this by saying, “I feel like it’s good training for them, its put the military in perspective. You never know when you’ll have to use it, first aid and CLS (Combat Life Saving) stuff in the civilian world.”
This training improves these young Cadets on a fundamental level. Rather than being a bystander, these Cadets are now qualified to engage in assisting during disasters/accidents by stabilizing the injured. Cadet Jessica Fallenbeck, Arizona State University, stated, “This training not only makes them better Cadets, its makes them more capable everyday Americans.”
While the temperature was hot, spirits were very high. When asked how the Cadets are so motivated, Wright commented with a wide smile, “embrace the suck.” This is a common saying used by military personnel, its meaning is having fun and getting motivated even if things are bad at the moment.
The most important aspect that can be emplaced in the minds of personnel is knowing the “why” of the training. The why is a simple question, “Why am I learning this?” Staff Sgt. Kevin Peterman, a reservist in the 314th Combat Sustainment Support Battalion assigned to CST answers the why, “This training goes beyond the simple warfighting function the Army serves. We (the Army) are a humanitarian force as well, this training teaches you how to save human lives (both friendly and foreign) by stabilizing them before higher forms of medical care (doctors/surgeons) can be reached.”
The Army is designed deploy, fight and win our nation’s wars by providing ready, prompt and sustained land dominance by Army forces across the full spectrum of conflict as part of the joint force. Through preparing to meet that mission, the Army produces capable, motivated Americans that remain engaged in their communities and bolster the nation’s security at home after they have completed their service.