This past summer saw Cadets from the Royal Warrior Battalion engage in a host of U.S. Army Cadet Command programs to hone their individual military skills and better develop themselves as they strive to become future leaders in the United States Army. For 28 Cadets, to include 12 from the University of Scranton, training centered around the Leader Development and Assessment Course at Joint Base Lewis-McChord located near Tacoma, Washington. This twenty-nine day training course tests Cadets on individual skills sets such as land navigation, marksmanship and physical fitness but most importantly it presents Cadets with a host of leadership opportunities to test their ability to work as part of team, solve problems, communicate effectively and demonstrate their basic knowledge of military operations. Throughout the 29 days Cadets are constantly coached and mentored by Cadre from across U.S. Army Cadet Command on their strengths and weaknesses as a leader and presented with ways to improve their overall leadership style and domain knowledge. Once a Cadet graduates from the Leader Development and Assessment Course he or she is ready to return to campus to serve in a Cadet Battalion leadership position responsible for the development, mentorship and training of their fellow Cadets.
For several Cadets the Cadet Command program known as Cadet Troop Leader Training was an option either prior to or following the completion of the Leader Development and Assessment Course. Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) allows Cadets to spend three weeks with an active duty Army unit on an installation somewhere in the United States or around the globe. For University of Scranton Cadets those opportunities took place at locations such as Fort Bragg, North Carolina, Fort Jackson, South Carolina Fort Riley, Kansas and Fort Irwin. California. During this program Cadets receive mentorship and training from a lieutenant or captain on the roles and responsibilities of a commissioned officer during the day to day operations of a unit. Cadets come to understand the Army’s training, maintenance, administrative and logistical systems during their CTLT experience. Among those Cadets from the University of Scranton taking part in CTLT this summer were Cadets Alexander Flynn, Christian Burne, Morganne Hedden, Hope Oliver and Nicholas Constantino.
For the program’s Nursing students U.S. Army Cadet Command affords the opportunity to train for three weeks alongside active duty medical personnel at a major Military Medical Center. This year Cadet Sean McKee found himself at Yong San Garrison in Seoul, South Korea practicing his nursing skills following his successful completion of the Leader Development and Assessment Course.
Cadet Daniel Pati attended and successfully completed the U.S. Army Air Assault School at Camp Rilea, Oregon. During this two week course Cadet Pati learned rappelling techniques, how to sling-load equipment and supplies to rotary-winged aircraft and how to control rotary wing aircraft on a landing zone.
Cadet Jake Randazzo attended the Leader Training Course at Fort Knox, Kentucky where here experienced a host of training to include water confidence, land navigation and rappelling in order to prepare him to enter the upper division Military Science courses this fall.
Finally, University of Scranton Cadets Edward Rauch, Kelly Tracy, Mary Beery, Ryan Bair, Neil Jayakar and Caitlyn Tschida were among the ten Royal Warriors who participated in the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Cultural Understanding and Language Program. During this four week program Cadets are immersed in foreign cultures in order to help them gain a better insight into cultural awareness and understanding. Cadets Tracy and Beery found themselves training in Romania, while Cadet Rauch spent time in Thailand teaching English to Thai military personnel. Cadet Ryan Bair traveld to the nation of Georgia, while his classmate Neil Jayakar spent time in the Philippines working with military forces from that Nation.