3 cadets from the Military University of Technology study at the United States Military Academy at West Point (USMA).
„For me, studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point are crucial experience.” – said Cadet Sergeant Olaf Koryciak, one of the three cadets represents the Military University of Technology at the USMA.
After difficult and demanding recruitment procedure, including SAT — Scholastic Assessment Test, test TOEFL and Candidate Fitness Assessment — conducted by the Ministry of National Defence and the United States Embassy, 2 cadets of the Military University of Technology started studies at the United States Military Academy at West Point. On the first year studies 2018/2019 are 16 foreigners including 2 students from the Military University of Technology.
The Military University of Technology is represented by 3 cadets: cadet sergeant Olaf Koryciak and cadet sergeant Michał Kamieński at first year studies and cadet sergeant Bartłomiej Grzybowski, second year studies.
The United States Military Academy, founded on March 16, 1802, is a college that educates, trains and inspires the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country. Each graduate has the essential attributes for professional growth throughout a career as a U.S. Army officer.
Studying at the West Point Academy requires hard work and perfect organisation. Cadets are introduced to military community by training courses.
Cadet Basic Training is a 6‑week program that helps Cadets make a rapid transition to military life. Cadets have to challenge with daily physical fitness training that helps prepare them for long footmarches, mountaineering, rifle marksmanship and tactical maneuvers. This training is challenging, stressful, physically demanding and rewarding.
„Field training is given at Camp Buckner. We spent more than 2 weeks at the Camp Buckner, with specialist from the 101st Airborne Division. ”- said Cadet Sergeant Olaf. The training is designed to familiarize and train each cadet in basic and advanced individual soldier skills. Training is conducted in combined arms operations, introducing the cadets to the combat, combat support and combat service support branches of the Army.
Cadets, during studies at the USMA, also participate in Military Individual Advanced Development training courses in such programs as Air Assault, Airborne, Mountain Warfare, Northern Warfare, Special Reaction Team Course, Sapper Leader, and Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) training courses. There may be duty at the National Training Center, the Joint Readiness Training Center, or Combat Maneuver Training Center. Attending these schools helps motivate and build your confidence while learning usable military skills and developing individual leader proficiency.
The studies at the USMA is focused on the individual leader proficiency. During each succeeding year at West Point, cadets receive progressive leadership responsibilities, using those cadet experiences to hone theirs leadership skills. Cadets learn how to be a team leader and prepares cadets for platoon leadership responsibilities as a lieutenant in the Army. The Cadet Leader Development System is a demanding but professional four-year program develop leaders of character.
Classes and study, physical education or athletics, military duties and recreation fill most hours of the day. Despite of this, cadet sergeant Olaf Koryciak take part in additional activities in the Sandhurst Squad and the Kosciuszko Squadron association.
The Sandhurst Squad prepare cadets to the Sandhurst Military Skills Competition. A military skills competition at West Point that first began in 1967 with the presentation of a British officer’s sword to the United States Corps of Cadets by the British Exchange Officer. To deliver the world’s premier international academy military skills competition to inspire cadets to achieve military excellence in their chosen profession through a rigorous, physically and mentally rigorous leadership challenge that reflects the tempo, uncertainty and tasks of combat. of combat operations in terms of tempo and tasks. Each squad is required to perform a series of military tasks along a designated route. Scores are determined by combining the points they earn by performing each military task along the route. Examples of events can include the following: Obstacle Course, Day Land Navigation, Night Land Navigation, Zodiac Water Crossing, Rifle Marksmanship, Pistol Marksmanship, Leadership Evaluation, Trauma Care (under fire), Medical Evaluation, Basic Infantry Squad Tasks, Functional Fitness.
The Kosciuszko Squadron is an association of cadets who explore and enjoy their Polish heritage and welcome others on their journey of discovery, while also increasing the West Point community’s knowledge of Thaddeus Kosciuszko, Poland, and the contributions of Polish-Americans to the United States, particularly in military endeavors
The Academy aims to train up leaders and develop their leadership skills. West Point carries out its mission of developing future leaders through three integrated and complementary programs: academic, military and physical development. Every cadet is a leader. From selection based on demonstrated potential through four years as a cadet, leadership development is a total process of preparing young people for their career roles as Army officers.
The West Point mission is “to educate, train, and inspire the Corps of Cadets so that each graduate is a commissioned leader of character committed to the values of Duty, Honor, Country and prepared for a career of professional excellence and service to the nation as an officer in the Army.”
Dwight Eisenhower, Douglas MacArthur, George Patton were among an impressive array of Academy graduates who met the challenge of leadership. The United States Military Academy at West Point is the most important military university in the United States.
col. Anna Pęzioł
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