Cadre, our primary instructors, are the backbone of our battalion, and the ones responsible for training our young cadets to become effective officers. They teach our cadets what it means to be an officer and how to effectively lead.
Each year has primary instructors who focus on teaching specific skills to our cadets to build them up into effective officers.
- MS1 year focuses on the basics. Cadets focus on learning military customs, the proper wear of the uniform and some basic tactics.
- MS2 year is when the cadets first start to take on some responsibility. They assist the MS3’s when needed, learn the foundations of how to give an Operations Order (OPORD) and go more in depth into the army as an organization.
- MS3 year focuses on preparing for Advanced Camp, where cadets are evaluated on their ability to become an officer and are ranked against their peers. Advanced Camp is a 31-day training event that is designed to assess a Cadet’s ability to demonstrate proficiency in basic officer leadership tasks. Cadets are evaluated on their ability to lead at the Squad and Platoon levels, both in garrison and tactical environments. Cadets are mentally and physically tested during a 12-day consequence driven field training exercise that replicates a combat training center rotation. Successful completion of the Advanced Camp is a prerequisite for commissioning.
- MS4 year is when the cadets take over the battalion and become responsible for running and maintaining most events put on by the battalion. Lessons also force cadets to think about some of the real world issues and problems that they will face once they take their position as young leaders within the U.S. Army.