Fort Knox, Ky.,- After 31 days of life in the field, lightening storms and MRE’s, the five hundred and eighty Cadets of 8th Regiment Advanced Camp had only to stand at attention as a unit and graduate.
Cadet Evan Cummins, Boston College, explains his own experience at Cadet Summer Training as being a challenging experience even compared to previous ROTC training.
“Here at camp there were plenty of moments where you felt you couldn’t breathe. Training went fast and with the stressful conditions you felt like there was no way to keep breathing. I had to remind myself that this wasn’t the Army Diver’s School that I was at earlier this summer. Here you could eventually catch your breath, which is better than not being able to breathe at the bottom of a pool.”
These rising juniors and seniors were given a thirty-day crash course in what a life in the Army holds for them, and for the majority of them, this was the first time they were able to step out of the comfort zone of their school lives and experience what the military has to offer.
The 8th Regiment of Advanced Camp was named after Col. Michael Pyott. A North Georgia College and State University graduate, he was commissioned in 1988 as a Distinguished Military Student and an Active Duty Armor Officer.
He served several deployments, including 2d Squadron, 17th Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, Company Commander for 1st Cavalry, Echo Troop and Battalion Commander for the 21st Infantry Regiment throughout a deployment to Iraq. After 24 years of service training Soldiers and Cadets, he retired in 2012. He is survived by his wife, Meredith and their two children. A token of appreciation was presented to them at the ceremony on behalf of the Cadre and Cadets of 8th Regiment.
A graduation certificate and ribbon were presented to all Cadets upon the successful completion of the Advanced Camp, Cadet Summer Training Course. This marks one step closer to their becoming future Army Officers.