FORT KNOX, Ky. – Cadet Leaders Course (CLC), 5th Regiment, Alpha and Bravo Company Cadets walk on the hot firing line at Canby Hill Range with M4 rifles, similar goals and different experiences June 27.
Many CLC Cadets have prior experience grouping and zeroing weapons, so the goals for most Cadets are technical.
“My goal is to be able to align my shots so that they are in a tight-knit circle, so, when I aim at a target, it will hit where I want it to go,” said Cdt. Richard Nguyen, a rising senior studying English and government at the University of Texas at Austin.
Cdt. Brittany Lynn, a senior nursing major at Ferris State University, hopes to improve on her weapon marksmanship.
“I want to group and zero quickly while remaining relaxed, and get at least a 35 on qualification,” Lynn said.
For Cdt. Autumn Mitchell, her ultimate goal is a little less technical. She wants to build trust to be a better leader as a future Army officer.
“It’s my dream to become an Army officer. I’m a married mom of two, so it’s especially a trying time, but I feel very proud of my accomplishments here, and I know my family is proud, too,” Mitchell shared.
A lot of Mitchell’s experience is rooted in her service time as an engineer in the Louisiana National Guard.
“We need to be tactically proficient. We set the standard, and we need to lead from the front. Our subordinates will know that we had to do the same things they do, and that will help them trust us more as leaders,” Mitchell, a history major at Louisiana State University at Alexandria, said.
Mitchell is actively working to gain that trust among her peers at CLC.
“I know some people are nervous about shooting. We coach each other and as we’re out there, we talk about our experiences,” Mitchell stated.
Encouraging others is one of Mitchell’s many accomplishments at Cadet Summer Training (CST).
That encouragement is essential to this training, according to Cdt. Nguyen.
“Something that Maj. Gen. Hughes said during his briefing was that he was putting us in uncomfortable situations, and the more comfortable you are with being uncomfortable, the better leader you’ll be. You never know how you’re going to react in those situations, so this training that makes us feel uncomfortable will develop us into better leaders,” Cdt. Nguyen said.
“Once you learn how to treat people the right way and build relationships, you’ll be really successful anywhere you go,” Nguyen added.