During the summer months, Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets from around the United States descend onto Army forts around the world for three to four weeks of training to prepare them for the role they will assume as a leader.
“They are our future leaders, you want to make sure they get the right mentoring so they become good leaders,” said Capt. David Clayton, commander of Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 21st Field Artillery Regiment, 41st Fires Brigade.
The brigade hosted four cadets for three weeks of cadet troop leader training, which prepares the rising senior cadets for their first Army job as a platoon leader.
While assigned to the brigade, cadets were able to see the inner workings of an artillery battery and the role they will be fulfilling once they complete ROTC.
“I got see how a (platoon leader) interacts with her platoon sergeant and her soldiers,” said Cadet Cody Stroup.
Cadets also had a chance to go to the field along with seeing how an artillery battery functions day to day.
In ROTC there is not much behind the scenes work to be done, it’s a lot of going to the field but here we have a chance to see the daily operations of a unit, Stroup said.