Last Updated: June 30th, 2021By

FORT KNOX, Ky. –Cadets of 6th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets learned Introduction to Battle Drills instruction at tactical training area Saber August 6th during Cadet Summer Training.

6th Regiment Basic Camp Cadet Platoon Leader and Platoon Sergeant planning Leaders Recon at Fort Knox, Ky., August 6, 2019. | Photo by Tristan C. Pilch, CST Public Affairs Office.

Introduction to Battle Drills train the Cadets through different scenarios that occur consistently in the battle-space during war fighting. Some to name a few is reacting to sudden and direct enemy fire, reacting to ambushes, close ambushes, conducting assaults on key terrain and hasty defense.


These drills are conducted multiple times with Cadets filling in different rolls each iteration to ensure all Cadets get a turn in leadership. After each iteration, an after-action review is conducted to go over what went wrong and what went right. This is done to ensure Cadets learn from their successes and their failures.

These basic combat maneuvers ensure Cadets are groomed to be efficient, adaptive leaders. Griffin Ricker, Furman University, said “Training like this trains us to lead and to follow orders effectively.”

6th Regiment Basic Camp Cadets fire at OPFOR at Fort Knox, Ky., August 6, 2019. | Photo by Tristan C. Pilch, CST Public Affairs Office.

This training also provides an excellent framework for Cadre to assess a Cadet’s ability to take in information and perform in an unfamiliar environment. This is essential as battlefields change constantly.

Cadet Allison Tillotson from Loyola University said, “I think it’s important to do this training, that way if this ever happens everyone will know what to do.”



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