ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky.— 9th Regiment Advanced Camp (CLC) Cadets attended the Commitment and Army Profession Seminar (CAPS) at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) Aug. 8.
The purpose of CAPS is to educate Cadets on the possible careers they can choose from within the Army and to inspire them to be leaders. Before the guest speaker arrived, a video briefing the various careers available within the Army was shown, informing the Cadets of their options: ranging everywhere from Communications to Transportation to Artillery.
Capt. Steven Abadia, CAPS facilitator, discussed what he thinks CAPS offers to future officers.
“CAPS is important and useful for the Cadets. It helps answer any question they have and it promotes professionalism and officership, seeing that they’re in a university environment,” Abadia said.
Guest speaker Maj. Gen. Anthony C. Funkhouser, commanding general for the United States Army Center for Initial Military Training, was the main presenter at the CAPS seminar. He discussed his experience from decades of serving the Army and gave the Cadets important advice. His speech included major key points such as balance, teamwork, leadership and fitness.
To start out his speech, Funkhouser picked a few Cadets by random, asking them why they joined ROTC. Then he began to stress to the Cadets the importance of trusting one another, how teamwork and relationships are critical on the battlefield and how they need to focus on their sleep schedules and overall mental and physical health.
Cdt. Jean Skoglund, 21, South Dakota State University, said Funkhouser’s speech gave her new insight into the Army
“I found him very intriguing — what stuck with me the most was how he made the Army more personable and how he focused on health and sleep. He also told us to push ourselves everyday to improve ourselves,” Skoglund said.