Shekleton ’21 & McDonald ’21 Take Command of Atypical CFT
When the U.S. Military Academy Corps of Cadets was informed in March that they would be finishing the semester virtually and not returning from spring break, Class of 2021 Cadet Tyler Shekleton realized his summer plans were going to be a lot different than he had imagined.
Shekleton had been told the week before spring break began that he would be serving as the commander of Cadet Field Training (CFT) over the summer.
Cadet Field Training is a three-to-four-week program of instruction that emphasizes general military skills, individual preparedness training, preparations for extended field operations and leading, participating in and conducting small unit tactical operations.
Now, that didn’t seem like a guarantee with the academic year in flux and COVID-19 spreading throughout the world.
In the months between the March decision to keep the Corps at home and July 1 when Shekleton and the rest of the CFT cadet cadre returned to the academy, the summer training schedule was torn up and rebuilt from scratch. CFT was moved and adjusted to allow for a 14-day controlled monitoring period along with other COVID-19 mitigation efforts. Cadet Basic Training, which normally doesn’t interfere with CFT, will now run simultaneously causing conflicts in training areas that haven’t existed in years past. Read more.