Battalion Tactical Department
The Battalion Tactical Department (BTD) oversees the military training of the cadet candidates while they are at USMAPS.
The BTD begins training on the very first day the cadet candidates arrive with a four-week candidate orientation called Cadet Candidate Basic Training. During this period of time, cadet candidates learn basic military skills such as drill and ceremonies, military courtesies (i.e. saluting), recognizing ranks, the Uniform Code of Military Justice, etc.
Cadet candidates also learn the Army Values; loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage. Cadet candidates are also instructed on the values systems of West Point and West Point Prep.
Cadet Candidate Basic Training culminates with an eight-day Field Training Exercise. Training includes land navigation, familiarization with the M-4 rifle, and various obstacle courses.
Military training does not end after Cadet Candidate Basic Training. During the academic year, the BTD continues training in other areas. Those areas include leadership development, ethics,
personal development and peer leadership.
SFC Kristy M. Armstrong
SFC Kristy M. Armstrong joined the military in September 1999 from her home town of Homer, NY, in the Military Police (MP) branch. Upon completion of MP Basic and Advanced Individual Training at Ft. Leonard Wood, MO, SFC Armstrong completed Basic Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA. SFC Armstrong’s first unit assignment was with HHC 172nd Separate Infantry Brigade Ft. Wainwright, AK, where she served in the Airborne Military Police Platoon as a gunner and a driver and ultimately completed Air Assault School.
SFC Armstrong was then assigned to the 6th Military Police Detachment, Ft. Rucker, AL, where she served as a team leader and squad leader. During her time with the 6th MP, she deployed in support of OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, serving in Kuwait as a customs agent team leader. After successful completion of phase I and II BNCOC, SFC Armstrong was put on Drill Sergeant Orders with the 795th Military Police Battalion, Ft. LeonardWood, MO.
SFC Armstrong’s next assignment was with the 543rd Military Police Company, Ft. Drum, NY as an Operations Sergeant, and deploying this time to Iraq as Platoon Sergeant. Upon returning to Ft. Drum, NY, SFC Armstrong was reassigned to The United States Army Preparatory School (USMAPS), West Point, NY as a Tactical NCO and currently the USMAPS First Sergeant.
While assigned to West Point, SFC Armstrong completed her associate of art degree.
SFC Armstrong’s military awards include a Bronze Star Medal, 4 Army Commendation Medals, 7 Army Achievement Medals, 4 Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary and Service Medals, the Military Outstanding Volunteer Service Medal, the Air Assault Badge, and Airborne Wings.