FORT KNOX, Ky.- Advanced Camp (Cadet Leaders Course) 4th Regiment Cadets came into their final week of training by attending the CAPS (Commitment and the Army Profession Seminar) at Elizabethtown Community College July 12.
At this seminar, they had the opportunity to listen to Brig. Gen. Robert J. Ulses, Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, as he spoke about the importance of the Army values and how to “lead like you mean it.”
Ulses stressed the importance of knowing your profession, setting standards and above all not making the same mistake twice; or less painfully, to simply learn from the mistakes of others. Cadets took out pens, their green books and took notes, emphasizing one of the earliest lessons of the Army: learning from those with more experience than yourself.
He also stressed the importance of being fair, of giving each Soldier the same treatment.
“For each person who thinks you walk on water, there is another who wishes you’d drown,” stressed Ulses, “at least give them equal opportunity to decide which.”
Cdt. William Lavelle, Boston College, said the CAPS seminar really summed up what Advanced Camp (Cadet Leaders Course) had taught him.
“As an MSIII, I would get really annoyed at things that didn’t warrant that response, CLC has given me new perspective on what it means to be a Soldier. A part of it is failing, learning from those mistakes and teaching other people from those failings. That’s a leap I couldn’t have made without CLC, and the general only emphasized that.”
The Cadets will go on to gear turn in, and a few days of recovery before their graduation from summer training, but with the CAPS, they go on with an additional piece of wisdom to consider as they finish up here at Fort Knox.