Advanced Camp

9th Regiment, Charlie Company, comes together over FLRC

Fort Knox, Ky.- At Cadet Summer Training, each Cadet must prove that they are ready to take the next step in their journey to becoming officers, but Advanced Camp (Cadet Leaders Course) is about more than proving individual abilities. Teamwork often proves a great challenge, and relying on one’s “battle buddies” is often more daunting than individual tasks.

At the Field Leadership Reaction Course, the ability to communicate and work as a single unit is the difference between success and failing to complete the task. This is only made harder by the fact that individual squads in the 9th Regiment, Charlie Company of Advanced Camp have known each other for only one week.

Cdt. Kyle Larsen-Shumaker, 9th Regiment Advanced Camp, Charlie Company, reaches for a dropped tool while making sure not to fall in the "quicksand pit" at the Field Leadership Reaction Course, at Fort Knox, Ky on July 19. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

Cdt. Kyle Larsen-Shumaker, 9th Regiment Advanced Camp, Charlie Company, reaches for a dropped tool while making sure not to fall in the “quicksand pit” on the Field Leadership Reaction Course at Fort Knox, Ky., July 19. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

The FLRC is comprised of five individual events, most of which involve moving a squad of Soldiers and their equipment up, over, and around obstacles 10 to 15 feet in the air. The events are timed, and the squads must rely on communication and quick thinking to complete the lane. Though the training is not the most taxing feat the Cadets will face here at Fort Knox, it does challenge them to think outside of the box. It also teaches them to follow through with their assigned tasks, which when put together results in a success for the overall team.

“We haven’t known each other long, but we work well together,” Cdt. James Baker, Strayer University, “We saw that if we just slowed down, talked out the problem and then executed it, we would come out successful. It’s a matter of not over thinking it, and playing to each Soldiers’ strengths and weaknesses.”

The cadre also seemed to enjoy these tasks, as they employ some of the oldest concepts of the Army: analysis, consideration and execution.

Cdt. Darrien Twomley, 9th Regiment Advanced Course, Charlie Company, attempts to move a wooden plank while sitting on it in order to retrieve all equiptment, a requirement to pass the FLRC lanes, at Fort Knox, Ky on July 19. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

Cdt. Darrien Twomley, 9th Regiment Advanced Course, Charlie Company, attempts to move a wooden plank while sitting on it to retrieve all equipment, a requirement to pass the FLRC lanes, at Fort Knox, Ky., July 19. Photo by Ariana Aubuchon

Staff Sgt. Edward Bussey, FLRC cadre, said that it simply makes him happy to see the Cadets succeed.

“Being out here with them makes you appreciate the good and the bad, and when these squads are able to come together and work as a unit that’s what makes the sweat worth it. Though some of the more humorous fails are always worth a smile, no ones perfect,” he said.

The Cadets of 9th Regiment Advanced Camp have a long way yet to go in their training, yet they seem to have the fundamentals of teamwork and determination. The next step will be the resilience needed to get through another grueling 20 days.

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