West Point, ROTC cadets shadow 3BCT

| July 13, 2017 | 0 Comments

Sgt. Martin Bushay (left) and Spc. Christian Mora-Galvez, both assigned to 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, conduct a rappel at the Lightning Academy at Schofield Barracks East Range, Hawaii, on July 6, 2017. The Soldiers trained with Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets participating in this yearÕs 25th Infantry Division Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th, Infantry Division)

Story and photos by
Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon
3rd Brigade Combat Team Public Affairs
25th Infantry Division

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — U.S. Military Academy and Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets received a taste of big Army life as more than a dozen cadets trained with the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, “Broncos,” 25th Infantry Division, this month.

The Cadet Troop Leadership Training, or the CTLT program, is a leader development initiative to help develop, retain and ultimately commission quality ROTC cadets as second lieutenants.

The intent of this mentorship opportunity is for cadets to shadow and learn from currently serving platoon leaders.

The cadets were divided up amongst battalions within the Bronco Brigade depending on their occupational specialty.

The 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, “Raiders,” 3rd BCT, 25th ID, hosted two cadets for the brigade.

Cadet Jeanphilippe Rossy, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, and an ROTC cadet from the University of North Georgia, was one of the two cadets sent to the Raiders.

“Training with the Army has been a great experience,” Rossy said. “I like the discipline atmosphere (and) having a training schedule. … Everyone is working together as a team.”

Cadet Jeanphilippe Rossy, a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadet from the University of North Georgia, conducts a rappel at the Lightning Academy at Schofield Barracks East Range, Hawaii, on July 6, 2017. Rossy is part of this yearÕs 25th Infantry Division Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) and is currently assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 4th Cavalry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th ID, during the duration of his stay in Hawaii. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th, Infantry Division)

CTLT gave Rossy the chance to understand much more about the Army than he ever could from ROTC.

“I’ve learned a lot beyond duty station. There’s a lot as a platoon leader, many obstacles to conquer, a lot to manage, and accountability of equipment as well,” he said. “The greatest challenge for me was probably shooting at the night range, doing the team live fire and the stress shoot.”

For the other cadet assigned to the Raiders, Cadet Scott Kerchberger, a native of Deer Park, Illinois, and an ROTC cadet from the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), he said he’s had a great experience so far.

“I’ve had a lot of good experiences getting to see what bigger Army is like and what different units are like rather than my little hometown ROTC unit,” Kerchberger said.

He stated he had performed night stress shoots while using night vision goggles with Rossy, and performed rappels with full combat load at the Lighting Academy’s rappel tower in East Range.

A sign describing how to perform the proper rappel stance for the Lightning Academy Rappel Tower Schofield Barracks East Range, on July 6, 2017. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Armando R. Limon, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 25th, Infantry Division)

His time at Schofield Barracks broke the monotony of barracks life at VMI.

“I think the biggest change for me, so far, is getting to live outside of the barracks,” he said. “In VMI, we’re stuck (at) them all four years, (but) I get to stay off post and come into work every morning. It’s a pretty good deal.”

He said he was looking forward to his slated branch with armored infantry in October.

It wasn’t just the Raiders who received the opportunity for cadets to learn the lessons of Army life. The 2nd Battalion, 27th Inf. Regt., “Wolfhounds,” also hosted several cadets for the 3rd BCT.

For Cadet Matthew Farrell, a native of Potomac, Maryland, and an ROTC cadet from Tulane University, his experience was described as fantastic.

“I’ve learned all the jobs of the NCOs, the junior enlisted and platoon leaders,” Farrell said. “They’ve really integrated me in as one of their own, and I’ve really (gained) a perspective on how I want to develop my leadership style. I love it here.”

ROTC and Green to Gold Information for Soldiers and Applicants

UH ROTC — Do you want to become an Army officer? The University of Hawaii conducts briefings on the last Thursday of every month from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Tripler Army Medical Center Education Center. It’s a great opportunity for Soldiers/personnel to get firsthand details on ROTC scholarships and how the program operates. Contact William Roach at 956-7766 or David Sullivan at 956-7744.
Scholarships — Get “Green to Gold” and ROTC Hip Pocket Scholarships info. Go to the Cadet Command at www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted_soldiers.jsp. Apply to the school’s ROTC. Once confirmed, initiate a 4187 through your chain of command brigade S1 and/or apply online.

Green to Gold — The U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC) has changed the application dates for the upcoming Green 2 Gold Selection Board.
Soldiers who are applying for scholarship or active duty options for the fall of 2018 must submit applications now.
Soldiers can create a new application at www.goarmy.com/rotc/enlisted-solders as of this date.
•Nov. 26: Deadline for Green 2 Gold Packets. All applications and required documentation must be uploaded to the application dashboard by this date.
•Dec. 11-15: Green 2 Gold Selection Board is held.
If you have questions, contact the following personnel:
•William Roach, Recruiting Operations Officer, University of Hawaii-Manoa Army ROTC, at (808) 956-7766.
•David Sullivan, Enrollment Eligibility Officer, University of Hawaii-Manoa Army ROTC, at (808) 956-7744.

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