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5-Year Member
Jan 14, 2013
DS just finished as a cadre member at Ft. Knox and is now at Bolc. For those of you considering being part of the summer cadre here is a snap shot of his time there from our conversations. Generally a positive experience in that his time commitment started earlier, getting paid that sweet,sweet 01 money,getting ingrained into the army culture prior to Bolc and interacting with and as an officer. For some reason some of the e6-8 he encountered still wanted to treat the newly minted lieutenants as cadets ??? For instance ,upon arriving back from 4 days in the field DS was approached by a first sgt who said the area in front of his dorm room was cluttered with trash and needed to be cleaned up. DS response was professional but firm....." Well first sgt since your are charged with upholding the Army standards I'm sure you will be able to have this area cleaned up by the time I get back from a shower and chow." DS was pleasantly surprised to see the area was indeed cleaned up upon his return. I for the life of me cannot ever envision that type of incident happening in the Marine Corps. Enlisted, senior or not, simply do not speak to an officer in that manner. I digress.... If you go as a cadre member you will do a fair amount on menial work like cleaning tents, mowing lawns before and after the cadets arrive. While there your duties could vary depending on your job. Some like DS were in the field often as OPFOR with crazy hours and some were attached to medical and had 9-3 hours with weekends off. Totally up to chance. Also lots of PT which DS was happy for as he takes a PT test this week. Holler with questions and I will answer or try to get it from DS.