This summer Cadets from the Eastern Washington University (EWU) Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) have been participating in ROTC Advanced Camp held every summer at Ft. Knox, Kentucky. Advanced Camp is Cadet Command’s premier annual training event that assesses Cadets on their ability to conduct basic officer leadership tasks. Cadets usually attend Advanced Camp during the summer between their junior and senior years of college. Passing Advanced Camp is a mandatory requirement for all Cadets who want to commission as an officer in the U.S. Army after graduation.
EWU ROTC Cadets in 6th Regiment: (From Left) Megan Baker, Austin Pfennig, & Chad Triplett.
One of the most important tasks Cadets must excel at during Advanced Camp is the Field Training Exercise (FTX). The FTX assesses Cadets on their leadership abilities while executing small unit tactics such as ambushes, raids, and recons.
EWU ROTC Cadet Megan Baker during FTX preparation at ROTC Advanced Camp.
Despite hot and humid conditions Cadets from the EWU ROTC battalion, assigned to 6th Regiment ROTC Advanced Camp were in high spirits this 4th of July as they made their final preparations for their FTX. Cadets Megan Baker, Austin Pfennig, and Chad Triplett participated in finalizing platoon standard operating procedures (SOPs), conducting platoon rehearsals, and platoon formations and orders of movement. Even though it was a busy 4th of July holiday for the 6th Regiment Cadets, they did get a chance to see some of the Ft. Knox fireworks show.
Fireworks over Ft. Knox, Kentucky
Good luck in the field Fighting Eagles!