Essay On Cadet Leader Course

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The 2015 Cadet Leader Course challenged and changed numerous ROTC cadets. Throughout my time in the University of Arkansas ROTC Program, myself and fellow cadets trained for this anticipated event. CLC was the notorious contender we would face at the end of their junior year. The on-campus training we received helped us face numerous challenges. My expectations for CLC varied tremendously. My varied expectations were the result of not knowing the exact format of the new CLC. The class of 2015 faced an entirely different CLC than seniors before us. Cadet Command implemented several new changes. We were not sure what we would be facing. At first, it was difficult to acclimate to the new changes. I believe my classmates and I were slightly baffled. …show more content…
Assigned to 5th regiment, I believe my experience went smoothly. Cadets of 5th regiment learned skills through classroom settings and group work. CLC cadre assigned us various leadership positions. These positions varied on daily basis. I experienced being Platoon leader in both garrison and field. I was moderately prepared for these leadership positions. Our university program prepared me due to the numerous times when our class rotated Platoon leader position and duties. However, I had never experienced Platoon leader duties in garrison situations until CLC. This was due to the MS3’s switching garrison duties every two weeks. However, our class often repeated to same positions each rotation. I served as 1st sergeant multiple times. We can better improve leadership rotations for the upcoming MS3s. I believe it should be mandated every MS3 personnel experience Platoon Leader and Platoon sergeant Duties at both garrison and field level. I was also given several opportunities to teach skills to my fellow platoon mates. I had confidence in my teaching skills due to several times the MS3’s taught lessons to younger cadets. Surprisingly, land navigation was not as emphasized like in the past. Throughout the school year, the University of Arkansas cadets trained for land navigation and field work. It would benefit our cadets this year to have more of an equal balance working between field and garrison …show more content…
This allowed my squad and me to work on communication skills and team building. At the university, our MS3 class did not do much of this during the school year. I believe we only did it once and the MS3s were the ones teaching the team building exercise to the younger classes. It would be optimal for all the military science classes to conduct several team building exercises throughout the year. The lack of Cadence knowledge from other cadets caught my attention during CLC. Many of the cadets in my platoon only knew one cadence or none at all. I feel that we were prepared by Capt. Becker to confidentially call cadence. I thoroughly enjoyed my CLC experience. I learned a significant amount of knowledge that will help me in the future. It was great meeting so many fantastic individuals from around the

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