FORT KNOX, Ky. – 8th Regiment Advanced Camp (Cadet Leaders Course), A and B. Co., completed their first team dynamic exercise by navigating the obstacle course during the Field Leader Reaction Course (FLRC) July 13.
The FLRC is for Cadets to get familiar with each other, build team dynamics, as well as learn how to best use each other’s individual skills via planning, communication, and teamwork to develop leadership skills. The training includes 12 obstacle training stations overall. Cadets will finish five or six depending on their time available to devote to the training.
“Each squad has five minutes to plan, 20 minutes to execute and five minutes to discuss afterwards,” said Staff Sgt. Maria Funes, FLRC instructor. “FLRC will help Cadets to realize the importance of communication, let them stay open to each other’s idea and to remain flexible to shift.”
After completing a medevac, Cdt. Rob Motley, University of Vermont, said he realized the significance of communication for teamwork and to become future leaders.
“Communication is everything when we become leaders. This training is really all about communication,” Motley said. “The physical training is not super difficult, but having everyone be on the same sheet of music and try to have everyone as one cohesive unit is the difficult part. That was the challenge here, to prepare better to be future officers – everyone has to be on the same page.”
Cdt. Richard Ormiston, Montana State University, said he believes FLRC helps his squad work better as a team.
“It’s a great opportunity for us as a squad to buck up a little bit and to get some really high quality training. At the same time, utilize the team skills,” Ormiston said.