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FORT KNOX, Ky. – 5th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets conducted Fire Team Movement training July 30 during Cadet Summer Training.

Cadet Matthew Parr, from Oklahoma State University, holds his weapon and waits to begin the training, July 30, 2019, at Fort Knox, Ky. Cadets from 5th Regiment Basic Camp completed the Fire Team Movement training today at Mill Creek Range to practice movement and covering techniques, as well as communication. | Photo by Amy Turner, CST Public Affairs Office

Fire Team Movement training is uses by the military to increase teamwork, team cohesion and condition personnel to be comfortable operating in small teams in combat. While Cadets move, loud noises from machines simulate gunfire and explosions while Cadets move through the course.

Cadets run this course learning to shoot, move and communicate with their fellow teammates. This is all new to the cadets as Lt. Col. Matthew Stanley Regimental Tactical Officer, and PMS of Eastern Michigan explains, “This is their first exposure to individual movement techniques, and the tactical environment.”

Many of the Cadets were very motivated to do this training like Cadet Amarjeet Singh, attending college in New York City. Singh is a Sikh, he is very proud of his family’s history and culture’s tradition of military service.

“For generations going back before the British invaded India, my family has served,” said Singh. “Defending your nation or the nation where you reside is major part of being a Sikh, this is what we do, and it’s in our blood.”

Singh tried to enlist in 2013 but due to uniform regulations Singh could not join. However in 2017 the rules for military service changed, Singh immediately jumped at the opportunity to serve his country. Singh wishes to motivate other Sikhs to join the military and serve their country.

Cadet Caroline Heltzel, from John Carroll University, covers for her battle buddy during Fire Team Movement Training, July 30, 2019, at Fort Knox, Ky. Cadets from 5th Regiment Basic Camp completed the Fire Team Movement training today at Mill Creek Range to practice movement and covering techniques, as well as communication. | Photo by Amy Turner, CST Public Affairs Office

Cadets moved to the lane in small groups with ammunition and proceeded to move across the course. They are followed by lane Cadre that ensures the training is being conducted correctly and safely.

Afterwards the Cadet’s are directed to take of their gear and cool off uses the arm immersion tanks that rest in the shade near the course. They do this to avoid getting heat injuries.

After this training Cadet Emily Heil was asked how she felt about it, “This training helps you decide if you want to commit to this (The Army) or not, I thought this was fun.” The military is not for everyone, but these Cadets have definitely made their choice.

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