Highlights from a training event during the Summer Training at West Point. In support of the USMA Military Program, MT provides Operations Officers for the following Cadet Summer Training events comparable to Battalion and Brigade levels of responsibility:
Cadet Basic Training (CBT): Cadet Basic Training is a complex, demanding progression of sequenced training requirements and events, which form the foundation for all future instruction at the United States Military Academy. It trains, instructs, inspires, and transitions New Cadets from civilians to cadets and begins to inculcate the fundamental military skills and values necessary to develop leaders of character strongly committed to military service. At its conclusion, new cadets obtain the skills and competences necessary to receive academic, military, physical, and character instruction from the USMA staff and faculty.
Cadet Field Training (CFT): Cadet Field Training is a three-to-four week program of instruction that emphasizes general military skills, individual preparedness training, preparations for extended field operations, and leading, participating in, and conducting small unit tactical operations. The purpose of Cadet Field Training is to develop, train, test, and validate specific tasks; prepare Third Class cadets to assume duties as NCOs in the Corps of Cadets; instill the warrior ethos in each cadet; and inspire each cadet to professional excellence through physically- and mentally demanding training.
Cadet Leader Development Training trains, mentors, and assesses basic leadership skills focusing on Troop Leading Procedures (TLPs), effective communication, and tactical decision making in order to develop competent and confident small unit leaders capable of operating in an uncertain and rapidly changing environment. In a series of tactical scenarios that reflect the Decisive Action Training Environment, cadets experience a minimum of two assessed leadership positions which provides the cadet with a common experience to further enhance his/her leadership ability to solve difficult tactical problems. Cadets enrolled in this culminating military science course must achieve the following learning objectives:
– Leadership under stress
– Tactical problem solving
– Technical proficiency expected of Lieutenants