FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadets from 4th Regiment, Advanced Camp, received instruction and were tested on Warrior Skills at Fort Knox, June 29, 2024. This training is designed to equip future army officers with essential combat and survival skills.

Warrior Skills is a comprehensive program structured to build competence and confidence in Cadets, preparing them for the challenges they may face as army officers.  Cadets receive instruction on the different training modules from enlisted soldiers of the 1-41st Infantry Regiment out of Fort Carson, Colorado.

Cadets become proficient with various weapons systems, including M4 Carbine rifles, M249 Squad Automatic Weapon, and the M240B machine gun. They are provided instructions and graded on loading, fixing malfunctions, and firing these weapons. Weapons proficiency is crucial for defense and effective engagement with the enemy, ensuring Cadets can protect themselves and their units as an army officer.

During warrior skills, Cadets are graded on various other skills after the blocks of instruction, such as applying camouflage, completing range cards, call for fire, and radio operations. Cadets spend an hour at each station to soak in the information given and attempt at the test received for a “GO” or “NO GO”.

As an army officer, the knowledge of warrior skills is vital. These skills ensure that Cadets are prepared for rigorous combat, equipping them with the practical abilities needed for survival and success in high-pressure situations. Cadets foster leadership development, operational knowledge and physical and mental resilience from this training.

“No matter what branch you go, you’re able to understand the perspectives of each role in combat,” said Cadet Tate Lewis from Clemson University, South Carolina.

Lewis explains that she has always “felt the call to serve”. Growing up in a military household and playing on sports teams throughout her school careers, Lewis felt drawn toward the option of serving in the army and the ability to obtain a leadership position.

The Army ROTC program helps Cadets develop warrior skills by implementing these trainings into their school curriculums. While balancing their civilian lives, Cadets attend military science courses, field training exercises, and have mentorship and guidance from experienced officers and non-commissioned officers.

“I think ROTC is a great combination of a regular college life and training to help in the development of future leaders,” said Lewis.

The mastery of warrior skills ensures that Cadets are ready for combat, capable of leading effectively, able to work as part of a team, and knowledgeable on military tactics and operations. Advanced Camp serves as a transformative experience, molding cadets into competent, confident and capable leaders who are ready to face the challenges of their future careers.

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