Cadet Professional Development Training
A variety of professional development
opportunities are available each summer for cadets desiring an extra
challenge. Participation is entirely
optional, though highly encouraged. Cadets receive room and board when
participating in the summer programs, as well as reimbursement for travel
expenses. Selection for schools with restricted allocations is based on the class
order-of-merit list. This list takes into account academic performance,
physical fitness, participation in ROTC activities throughout the school
year, and overall performance assessments by the cadre.
The Basic Airborne Course is a three-week training program
conducted by the Airborne Department at Fort Benning, Georgia.
The course trains
students to use the parachute as a means of combat deployment.
Students begin the first week on the ground (ground week), learning
of parachute landings, and start a vigorous physical training
program. During the second week (tower week), proper technique
a plane is mastered. Many times there is an opportunity at the
end of tower week to parachute from a 250-foot high tower. The
week is the jump week. Cadets make a series of five jumps from
either a C-130 or C-141 aircraft, including one night jump and
with full combat gear. Successful completion qualifies cadets to
wear the Parachutist Badge, the coveted “Silver Wings”.
The Air Assault School, conducted at Fort Campbell, Kentucky,
is two weeks of mental and physical challenges. This school is
teach assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills,
instill the Air Assault spirit and award the Air Assault Badge.
the course, students face challenges such as: an obstacle course,
rigorous physical training, rappelling, ascending and descending
a troop ladder
on a 35-foot tower and a CH-47 helicopter, rigging and sling loading,
road marches, and written and practical examinations based on
To graduate, a student must receive a PASS at the end of each phase.
AAS, like Airborne, is a fast paced exercise in mental alertness
physical endurance. A student is expected to meet the high standards
of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prior
being awarded the Air Assault Badge.
Mountains aren’t just for postcards,
they are for climbing. Mountain Warfare is a two-week course
in Jericho, Vermont. Students
learn fundamental light infantry tactics, techniques, and skills
necessary for survival in mountainous terrain. Skills include
climbing techniques, basic mountain survival, rappelling, land
navigation, first aid, and tactical knots.
What better way to escape the scorching days of summer than
by climbing snow-covered mountains and icy glaciers. Northern
Warfare is a three-week
course held at Fort Greely, Alaska, and is designed to teach skills
necessary to survive in an arctic/winter environment. Skills
cross-country skiing, construction of shelters, mountaineering,
rock and glacier-climbing, tactical knot tying, and cold-weather
UKOTC is a three-week program hosted by British Army ROTC counterparts.
United Kingdom Officer Training Course provides cadets the opportunity
to conduct officer training with a foreign nation.
provides select LDAC graduates the opportunity to increase their
leadership experience. This on-the-job experience is potentially
most relevant and rewarding leadership training available to
cadets in their preparation for commissioning as Second Lieutenants.
Cadets are assigned to Second Lieutenant positions in the Active
Army, usually to platoon leader positions, and are expected to
in the accomplishment of unit missions. CTLT cadets interact
with unit commanders, junior officers, noncommissioned officers,
soldiers in the “real life” environment of the unit. The student’s
objective is to perform the leadership and management tasks necessary
to train the platoon’s soldiers and maintain its equipment. CTLT
is the best way to “check out” a branch before placing
branch preferences during accessions at the beginning of the MS
IV year. The
experiences, insights and firsthand knowledge received will better
prepare a cadet for his or her future as an officer.
CTLT is conducted at Army units around the world. Assignments
are based on allocations of slots. Cadets are assigned for a
(four weeks for OCONUS assignments) While in CTLT, cadets continue
receive a rate of pay and allowances equivalent to Advanced Camp
pay. Transportation to and from the unit is provided. In addition,
stay in the Bachelor Officer Quarters and eat meals in the unit’s
dining facilities. If an airborne-qualified cadet is assigned to
on jump status the cadet may participate in unit jumps on a permissive
basis, with advance approval. The cadet receives an OER on completion
of the assignment.
Cadets will be selected to work with the ASB unit for approximately
38 days. This is a three-phase internship program. Initially, cadets
will develop the Program of Instruction (POI) for ASB Internship Program
with future studies in Technical and Tactical Opportunities for Revolutionary
Advances in Rapidly Deployable Joint Ground Forces in the 2015-2025
Era. The cadets receive an OER upon completion.
Cadets work with the Department of the Army
(DA), the Secretariat, Office of the Chief of Army Reserves (OCAR),
National Guard Bureau (NGB),
and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for three weeks.
These cadets receive an OER at completion.
training is only available to nurse cadets. It provides opportunities
to develop and practice a clinical phase of instruction at Army
Command Treatment Facilities worldwide. The cadets receive an OER
F. Kennedy Special Warfare Internship Program (JFKSWIP)
This internship is a part of Robin Sage, the culminating exercise
for Special Forces candidates. To qualify for this internship,
cadet must have an interest in Infantry and/or Special Forces. Robin
can only accommodate 13 MS III Cadets to fill leadership positions
within the Guerrilla Teams. MS II cadets will play the role of Guerrillas
act as insurgent members of a growing resistance force. This internship
is not for the “faint in heart” or one who is opposed
to living in field conditions.