Det 847 uses FTX incentive tool to promote commitment

GOODFELLOW AIR FORCE BASE, Texas -- Angelo State University Air Force ROTC Detachment 847 cadets participated in their annual field training exercise at Camp Sentinel April 21 and 22.

Detachment 847 uses this annual FTX as an incentive tool for cadets who are unsure if they want to pursue an Air Force commission. Air Force ROTC offers programs such as these to give cadets the opportunity to experience what the Air Force is about before committing to service.

“The cadets are going to do some weapons, Self-Aid Buddy Care and Law of Armed Combat training,” said Tech. Sgt. Christina Rucoba, 316th Training Squadron instructor. “The purpose is to provide actual training as an incentive to join the Air Force.”

During the first half of day-one, the cadets learned a variety of skills to include SABC, weapon familiarization and leading group movements, which were tested in mock combat conditions.

“I think Camp Sentinel is a good representation of what I may see as a deployed officer,” said Cadet Geoffrey Steinhower, ASU ROTC Det. 847 Cadet Commander. “I look forward to gaining actual knowledge I may use later on in my career.”

Through Friday night and late Saturday morning, Goodfellow Army, Marine and Air Force instructors ran the cadets through a series of operations and exercises leading to a final scenario that tested their knowledge.