FORT KNOX, Ky. – Advanced Camp 6th Regiment along with Basic Camp 5th Regiment attended the ROTC Cadet Summer Leadership Training, July 24, Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Commanding General of U.S. Army training and Doctrine Command, David Perkins spoke to Cadets throughout the day by going to different training areas they were at. He then gave an inspiring speech at Olive Theater, Fort Knox, Kentucky; to the 6th Regiment, Advanced Camp and 5th Regiment, Basic Camp Cadets about how he obtained his four stars through leadership.
“He explained how TRADOC worked and what his general function within our lines was,” said Cadet Cameron DeLaigle, Texas A&M, from Hopkinsville, Ky. “He also talked about the responsibilities and leadership skills to be an officer in the U.S. Army.”
General Perkins said “Any Officer would instantly swap places with any Cadet.”
“I really liked how Gen. Perkins spoke about the conversation he had with the foreign General with what officers in America take for granted,” said DeLaigle. “It was interesting to see how professionalism actually works in our favor.”
At the end of his briefing he had a question and answer point and Cadets came up with excellent questions.
“One Cadet asked how we fight the foreign enemies that does fight by our rules; and it was interesting that we do fight by our rules and it makes it more professional and easier to control in combat,” said DeLaigle.
“It gave me a lot to think about for when I do become a 2nd Lt. I want to listen to more of these inspirational speakers who have experience in these things to help guide me,” said DeLaigle.
Cadets walked away from this experience with more knowledge than they joined ROTC with. The briefing from Gen. Perkins helped the Cadets understand why professionalism and why the Army as rules that the Cadets follow to help them in the future.
Cadet Summer Training will bring 8,200 Cadets through Basic and Advanced Camp this summer on Fort Knox. These camps are designed to help challenge, grow and improve various skills and leadership qualities within the Cadets.