Cadet Summer Training ROTC (CST) Tips & Tricks – Camouflage & Presence

This is #2 (not in order of importance) of Tips & Tricks needed for SUCCESS at CST.  Over the coming weeks I will post several idea’s to think about.  Follow the page, share it with your fellow Cadets or Cadre.

Team,

When you are reading these posts, try to tie them to the Army Competencies & Attributes (FM 6-22, Fig 1-1).  This is your syllabus, it is literally your grading criteria! Every evaluation will be based off these six key components.

The Exceeds Standard definition for is Presence is (FM 6-22, Fig 6-2):

“Models a professional image of authority. Commanding presence energizes others. Exemplifies adherence to standards through appearance, demeanor, actions, and words.”

So, some simple actions you take can actually win points toward a good evaluation.  Appearance… applying camouflage within Army standards shows Presence at the Soldier level and will be noted by your Cadre!

If you were being evaluated as the PSG or Squad Leader, enforcing camouflage standards also reinforce authority AND standards; thus Presence.

So, camo up. Cadets hate camo- Your evaluators (E-7 & E-8) have been applying camo for 15 years. I promise if you whine or shirk the standard, they will note it.

Standards. Use dark green and light green… Nothing else. You will be considered a Buffoon if you do.

Get them ears tho…

a. Camouflage Yourself.

1. Camouflage shiny areas (forehead, cheekbones, nose, ears, and chin) with a dark color.

2. Camouflage shadow areas (around the eyes, under the nose and under the chin) with a light color.

3. Camouflage exposed skin on the back of the neck and hands with an irregular pattern.

b. Camouflage everything else. You would be amazed how much camo will help on a reconnaissance or in an ORP. Helmets, LBV, Weapons. In an ORP for an Attack or Raid, throw leaves and brush on your rucksacks (that are covered by your poncho).

~ MSG Achterberg

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