Spc. Samantha Sabel, of Forward Support Company G, 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, prepares to enter the pool during lifeguard certifications at Gammon Pool, Fort Knox, Ky. Sabel is attached to 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment in support of the Leader’s Training Course.

U.S. Army/2nd Lt. Eduardo Rosari

FORT KNOX, Ky. — Soldiers from 2nd Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are charged with conducting the Leader’s Training Course here throughout the summer.

The course is a lateral entry course for college sophomores interested in commissioning through the Reserve Officer Training Corps. It is designed for participants with no prior Army experience, and it requires leadership by soldiers with a working knowledge of basic training skills.

“I’m positive that our recommendations and mentorship will be excellent guidance for all these cadets,” said Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Teal, noncommissioned officer in charge of waterborne operations. “I’m convinced that those that come through our course will successfully complete their training.”

Bravo Company’s mission is to assist the training committees in the set up and execution of obstacle courses, such as the rappelling and waterborne courses. Soldiers assist cadets by providing motivation, knowledge and safe negotiation of potentially dangerous obstacles.

“Our mission is to train future leaders to the best of our knowledge,” said 1st Lt. Jan Ragon, officer in charge of the rappelling course. “The U.S. Army can rest assured it will be contracting high quality male and female officers.”

ROTC cadets from around the country come to Fort Knox, Ky., and face a variety of challenges that provide basic leadership experience, education on the Army values, and an opportunity to decide if they wish to contract and become commissioned officers in the U.S. Army.

ROTC is nearing the century mark. Almost 70 percent of officers on active and reserve duty are commissioned through ROTC according to the U.S. Army Cadet Command. Soldiers from the 1st Cavalry Division now play a part in that history.

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