Last Updated: July 3rd, 2024By

FORT KNOX, KENTUCKY – Drill Sergeants play a pivotal role in shaping the future leaders of the Army. Their influence extends beyond mere instruction; they mold cadets’ character, discipline, and resilience, preparing them for the challenges they will face as leaders.

“They are going to be the leaders soon,” said Senior Drill Sergeant, Daniel Jansen, 2nd of the 317th. “Precision needs to be taught from the very first lesson.”

Precision in training is not just about attention to detail; it’s about instilling a mindset of excellence and accountability.

From the first lesson, cadets are taught that every action carries weight, no matter how small. This emphasis on precision ensures that future leaders understand the importance of doing things correctly and thoroughly so that each mission has a desirable outcome.

“The old school mentality is to break them down and rebuild them from nothing,” said Jansen.

This approach, while intense, is designed to strip away individual habits and preconceptions, allowing for a unified, disciplined force to emerge.

“Everyone comes with a completely different mindset,” said Jansen. “The goal is to make them leave with a united mindset.”

Cadets come from all walks of life, each with unique experiences and perspectives. The Drill sergeant’s mission is to forge these individuals into a cohesive unit, instilling a shared sense of purpose and camaraderie. This united mindset is crucial for operational effectiveness and success in any mission.

The role of Drill sergeants is vital in the growth and development of Army Cadets. Their influence ensures that Cadets leave training not only with an understanding of how their future Soldiers will endure but as leaders ready to face the complexities of military service.

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