FORT KNOX, Ky. – Here on Base, many people will tell you that they will take resilience and adaptability over raw skill any day. The ability to acclimate to any difficult situation and succeed in the face of adversity.
When the Cadets come here for Cadet Leaders Course (CLC), very few of them are fully prepared for the tasks that they must adapt to over the course of thirty days, but those that come in confident often rise to the challenge.
Cdt. Bill Lavelle, a rising senior at Boston College, is finding that coming in with the resiliency to face any daunting task, may be the key to succeeding. Lavelle is what is referred to in the United States Army as “high speed”, meaning that against his peers, Lavelle ranks amongst the 90th percentile of Cadets. He is consistent in maxing his Physical Training tests and also holds the title of Ranger Challenge XO. Lavelle is also the recipient of the Iron Mike Award, given to the Cadet of the highest athletic standing, it is clear that he is afraid of no athletic hardship.
Yet, there have been challenges even for this top Cadet.
“As time goes by it becomes more difficult to find the motivation to keep each day moving,” Lavelle said of the CLC summer training, “the hardest thing is to find something to look forward to each day, but doing that is the only way you can succeed here.”
Despite the daunting thirty days in front of him, Lavelle is still positive about the upcoming challenge. “The biggest thing to take away from this is the fact that you did it at all. It’s hard now, but it’s all worth it in the end.” The Cadet says that it was his friend Cdt. Riley Kete, another rising senior at Boston College, who reminded him of the importance of resilience and powering through the difficult times. Lavelle will go straight from Fort Knox, Kentucky to Cadet Troop Leaders Training (CTLT) in South Korea, where he will work with the First Brigade Combat unit.
No matter where the Army takes him, it is clear that Lavelle will rise to any challenge he is faced with.