Cadets from 7th Regiment, Advanced Camp (CLC) are assigned the mission as enemy forces during the Field Training Exercise (FTX), Cadet Summer Training.
To prepare for their mission Cadets are briefed by Col. Kenneth Mintz, who served as the enemy field marshal.
“All together!” Mintz roared at the start of the brief as he stood before the Cadets serving as Arianan forces. “All together!” they chorused back.
Mintz briefed the Arianan Cadets on how to best defeat the Cadets posing as the American forces during eleven days of tactical training.
“You are a strategic force, I want you to make them question why they are fighting in Atropia,” Mintz said, “Your job is to stay operational. We are winning just by surviving, fighting, and living out there as long as you can continue to operate.”
The Arianan Cadets will be interacting with the American forces, local village population, the media, and South Atropian Peoples Army (SAPA) during the scenario.
“I want you to employ media to capture our success and cause erosion of support for U.S. forces. I know most of the American forces don’t even know they’re in Atropia. I want to bring it to their attention and cause casualties. The media is going to capture our success and how strong Ariana is,” Mintz said.
Cdt. Treavor Hartwell, University of Richmond (Hampton Syndey College), native of Charlottesville, Va., will be serving as an Arianan soldier during the training and was present at the colonel’s brief.
“My platoon and I were really excited, we fought really hard to become the Arianan forces and be the opposition for this training,” Hartwell said, “It was a very good brief and very exciting. The colonel gave clear instructions and he knows how to fire us up. It was strange but very cool to see how an enemy brief might go.”
Hartwell was eager to act as the enemy forces for the FTX because he believes it will be a better training experience.
“We wanted to be the opposing forces because it’s good training value to try and see through the eyes of the enemy force. It also will let me see how I can improve my own skills as an army officer,” Hartwell said, “Absolutely every Cadet should get the opportunity to participate in this training.”
Mintz stressed the importance of Cadets avoiding predictability during the training and to be as creative as possible.
“Be creative, I don’t even know what kind of crazy thing you guys are going to come up with, but I want to know what it is. Don’t do the predictable thing,” Mintz said.