LT. Jamia Stallworth's Testimony
Advance camp was good training, a great experience and builds character. Like many Army schools, it forces you to embrace the suck. No matter who you were, at some point it sucked. The most important thing I felt that you learn from the experience was not only what type of leader you are, but what type of follower you are, and your peers will gladly assist in helping you find that out. If you do not know something, you learn it and then practice it over and over until you have a firm understanding. If you know a lot, your peers will use you as a tool to help them. You also become closer to your peers than you want to be, but it helps knowing you are all going through the process together to become the Army's Future Leaders. Not only was I tested on basic fundamental Army knowledge and skills, but also on my ability to uphold the Warrior Ethos in a high stress environment. Everyone gets hungry and tired, but you are only as strong as your weakest link. I value the experience even has a prior service Noncommissioned officer because I personally never went through anything like Advanced camp and I can appreciate it more now that I have.
Lt. Amber Blango's Testimony:
Advanced camp can challenge you mentally or physically during each day of training from day zero, to the completion of graduation. Training consisted of a very fast tempo and numerous tasks to be completed. In-processing, was a good indicator of what to expect and what was expected of you from Cadre. Cadets were from many different universities and learning the people within my platoon was extremely important to me. One of the biggest differences of advanced camp to school training was that during class and lab, you have ample time to learn about your peers and see how well you work together. Completing individual events such as land navigation, BRM, obstacle courses, etc., helped with personal accomplishments but also team building and platoon cohesion. The FTX's reflected on how well you were able to lead as well as follow others as you were placed in different roles for multiple missions. Moments when things started to get difficult, I remembered to lean back on my training and others within my platoon to stay composed to accomplish the mission. As a Public Health major, some of my future goals and ambitions are to become an Army aviator, earn a Masters degree, serve over 20 years and be one of the most inspirational leaders within the Army.