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Cadets learn about life, army values

August 2, 2008 by Emily Spence  
Filed under Audio Slideshow, Emily Spence, Second Look

The stories of Corey Thompson and Amber Sparks
Photography by Emily Spence, Audio by Anna Tong & Emily Spence | Staff

Leader’s Training, a month-long Reserve Officer Training Corps program is held each year at the Fort Knox U.S. Army post. The program draws college students from all over the United States and the world. These students are late-comers to the army—they decided after several years of regular college to try the military. However, those involved with the Leader’s Training have no obligation to enlist afterward, though many do.

Corey Thompson, 20, of Louisville, Ky., has come dropped many leadership roles back home to participate in the program. To him, the program is challenging, but he considers it a sort of vacation from every day life.

Amber Sparks, 23, of Radcliff, Ky., has taken a month off of being a mom and girlfriend to carry on her family’s tradition of being in the military. Sparks discusses her passion for the army, her fear of heights and her views on life.