Earlier this year, 19 Lock Haven University ROTC cadets graduated from the US Army Cadet Command’s (USACC) Advanced Camp at Fort Knox, Kentucky; two cadets graduated from USACC Basic Camp; and several cadets also attended internships and other trainings. The following is a piece written by Cadet Addison Duvall, of Montoursville, about his time at camp.
By Cadet Addison Duvall
In the spring semester of my sophomore year at Lock Haven University, I made the decision to join Army ROTC. The stipulation for me joining this late was I had to attend Basic Camp in Fort Knox, Kentucky. I was nervous and excited when I heard this news because everything was still very new to me. I left for camp on July 12 and returned home on August 12, so I was in Kentucky for exactly 30 days.
Those 30 days consisted of covering the two years of training that I had missed due to joining the program as a second semester sophomore. We learned many basic warrior tasks including, land navigation, combat first aid, and proper care and maintenance of a weapon. I learned the Army values, the soldier’s creed, and how to live by them once my time was over in Fort Knox. I also came home with a new-found discipline thanks to the drill sergeants that were with us throughout camp.
At times, Basic Camp wasn’t all work. There were many exciting opportunities. One of my favorite experiences at camp was being introduced to CS gas. We learned how to properly don the protective gear, and then were instructed to remove our mask and feel the effects that CS gas has on skin.
The obstacle/confidence was the highlight of camp for me, it involved a high ropes course, rope swings, zip lines, and climbing walls. The field training exercises that we participated in, although not as fun as others, helped me develop and gain confidence with my own capabilities as a leader, and helped me tie together all the new found skills I learned at Basic Camp.
For more information about LHU ROTC, visit www.lockhaven.edu/rotc or call 570-484-2393.
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