Pre-CIET training for future Army Officers
At 0800 on Wednesday, June 29, the MMI Army ROTC Department loaded 45
recruits onto a bus departing for the four-week Cadet Initial Entry Training
(CIET) at Fort Knox. This group of incoming Early Commissioning Program
(ECP) freshmen had just completed their weeklong Pre-CIET training on
campus. The mission of Pre-CIET is to prepare ECP cadets to be successful at
CIET by conducting all the requisite in-processing tasks, training them on
the fundamentals they will need to be successful at Fort Knox, and testing
to establish a baseline of where each is academically and physically to
determine their developmental needs.
During Pre-CIET, MMI Army ROTC cadre conducted administrative tasks such as
haircuts, equipment and uniform issue, interviews and briefings. The
training schedule consisted of physical readiness, map reading and land
navigation, leadership development, drill and ceremony, military customs and
courtesies, troop leading procedures and operations orders, individual
movement techniques and squad tactics, and first aid. The group was also
subject to required testing: Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), height and
weight, Combat Water Survival Test (CWST), school placement testing, Armed
Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) and Occupational Physical
Assessment Test (OPAT).
MMI's Professor of Military Science, LTC Gregory Wall, USA, is pleased to
welcome another exceptional ECP class, who are on track to commission as
second lieutenants in May 2018. "This is a great, talented group of new
cadets from across the nation with a wide variety of backgrounds that came
together as a team this week and are well prepared to be successful at
CIET," says LTC Wall.
Hailing from Homewood High School in Birmingham, Ala., Gage Hevey is an
incoming Early Commissioning Program freshman recruit whose path to
officership is a family tradition. His father, MAJ Sean Hevey, USA (Ret) was
part of the Marion Military Institute Army ROTC Cadre from 2012-2014.
At the ROTC social, the night before he would depart for Fort Knox, Hevey
shared his military aspirations: "Growing up, we lived on an Army base most
of my life. And I would from a very young age dress up in my dad's BDUs. All
the men in my life were in the Army, so it seemed like the right thing to do
for as long as I remember. It still seems like the right thing to do. I
think that every young man or woman should serve their country, in some way.
It doesn't have to be in the Army, but, in my case, it is."
As a former cross country and track athlete, Hevey wasn't worried about the
physical demands of CIET: "I am worried about getting jumbled up, flustered.
I want to have everything in check and retain information. But I'm excited
more than anything. It's that thing I've been hearing about for so long, and
it's finally here. And it's the real Army. There's always that nervousness,
but mostly it's pure excitement."