Advanced Camp

Learning to navigate the old fashioned way

FORT KNOX, KY—Advanced Camp 10th Regiment completed Land Navigation where they put their traditional navigation skills to the test.

Advanced Camp 10th Regiment completed Land Navigation where they put their map reading and terrain orientation skils to the test. July 26, Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Amber Vincent)

“In today’s society, we all want to use a GPS to get us some place. Land Nav is a traditional, no-technology situation where you have to rely on your own skills, and that’s a big challenge,” explained Cadet Michael Murphy, The Citadel.

Cadets are given three hours to find four points spread over a two-mile square course. They are given a compass, a map, and a protector to navigate the course. In order to receive a passing grade for Land Nav, they must find three of the four day points and one of the two night points.

“In real life if your technology fails you on a mission, and you don’t know how to do basic land nav, you could easily get lost,” said Cadet Murphy.

In Basic Camp Land Nav, they do the course in pairs of two. For Advanced Camp they have to complete the course all on their own. Prior to starting the course, each Cadet is fitted with a GPS tracker to keep Cadets accountable in completing the course on their own, and to ensure that Cadets don’t get lost in the training area.

Advanced Camp 10th Regiment completed Land Navigation where they put their map reading and terrain orientation skils to the test. July 26, Fort Knox, Ky. (Photo by Amber Vincent)

“If an officer gets lost, it doesn’t look too good. If an officer gets their whole platoon or company lost, it’s horrible, the mission is totally failed,” laughed Cadet Murphy.

To keep up with 10th Regiment of Advanced Camp, find their photo album here.

Cadet Summer Training will bring 8,200 Cadets through Basic and Advanced Camp this summer on Fort Knox. These camps are designed to help challenge, grow and improve various skills and leadership qualities within the Cadets. If you think you have what it takes to be a Cadet or if you are interested in a job after college click the following link: https://my.goarmy.com/info/rotc1/index.jsp?iom=IP08-AUTO-R1NA-BR-XXX-XX-XXX-MO-XX-X-BRCMAC:IP08

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Amber Vincent

From Kentucky, Amber Vincent is a rising senior at Western Kentucky University where she is majoring in public relations and double minoring in graphic design and digital advertising. Amber has spent her summer as a Public Affairs Intern for Cadet Summer Training for the U.S. Army Cadet Command where she has worked as a writer, photographer, and videographer. In addition to her time here at Fort Knox, Amber serves as Vice-President of Public Relations for WKU's chapter of Kappa Delta Sorority. Amber also serves as the President of WKU's chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America.

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