Summer training for West Point cadets consists of many military, academic and physical training opportunities that serve to enrich the academy’s comprehensive, 47-month leadership experience.
One of the cornerstone events for rising junior and senior cadets is Cadet Troop Leader Training, a three-week event which gives cadets the opportunity to observe active-duty lieutenants leading their platoons and sections through rigorous and realistic training.
Twin brothers Julian and Jordan Crocket, cadets and members of the Army football team, experienced CTLT at Fort Bragg, June 16 through July 3.
Julian, a kick returner and foreign area studies major, was attached to 1st Lt.
Robert Sherry of Battery A, 3rd Battalion, 319th Airborne Field Artillery Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.
During his CTLT rotation Julian observed a heavy drop consisting of four humvees and an M119A2 howitzer over Sicily Drop Zone on June 20. He also helped derig, emplace and lay the howitzer.
An artillery branch hopeful, Julian said he reveled in the opportunity to see an artillery unit in action.
“Watching the platoon operate was eye-opening, and it was neat to see the leadership problem-solving and working together on the drop zone,” Julian said.
The paratroopers of 1st Platoon, Battery A, were also able to learn from Julian when he led physical training, incorporating football drills and plyometrics into the session.
Jordan, a cornerback and engineering management major within the Systems Engineering Department, was attached to the 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade. An aspiring Army aviator, Jordan said his CTLT gave him tremendous insight into the daily operations of a professional, lethal and effective aviation company.
“I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to operate one of the UH-60 Black Hawk or OH-58 Kiowa Warrior helicopters on a daily basis, and I’m really looking forward to having the chance to ride in a Black Hawk while I’m here on Fort Bragg,” Jordan said.
West Point cadets spend countless hours during their experience discussing leadership in today’s Army. CTLT gives them an understanding of what’s expected of them as platoon leaders.