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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.

Airborne School

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 the basics of parachute landings, and start a vigorous physical training program. During the second week (tower week), proper technique for exiting of 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 third and final 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 two combat jumps with full combat gear. Successful completion qualifies cadets to wear the Parachutist Badge, the coveted “Silver Wings”.

Air Assault School

The Air Assault School, conducted at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is two weeks of mental and physical challenges. This school is designed to teach assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, instill the Air Assault spirit and award the Air Assault Badge. During 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 a PASS/FAIL system.
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 and physical endurance. A student is expected to meet the high standards of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prior to being awarded the Air Assault Badge.

Mountain Warfare School

Mountains aren’t just for postcards, they are for climbing. Mountain Warfare is a two-week course taught in Jericho, Vermont. Students learn fundamental light infantry tactics, techniques, and skills necessary for survival in mountainous terrain. Skills include rappelling, rock climbing techniques, basic mountain survival, rappelling, land navigation, first aid, and tactical knots.

Northern Warfare School

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 include: cross-country skiing, construction of shelters, mountaineering, rock and glacier-climbing, tactical knot tying, and cold-weather survival techniques.


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.


CTLT provides select LDAC graduates the opportunity to increase their leadership experience. This on-the-job experience is potentially the 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 lead soldiers in the accomplishment of unit missions. CTLT cadets interact with unit commanders, junior officers, noncommissioned officers, and 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 three-week period (four weeks for OCONUS assignments) While in CTLT, cadets continue to receive a rate of pay and allowances equivalent to Advanced Camp pay. Transportation to and from the unit is provided. In addition, cadets stay in the Bachelor Officer Quarters and eat meals in the unit’s dining facilities. If an airborne-qualified cadet is assigned to a unit 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.

Army Science Board

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.

Cadet Intern Program

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.


This training is only available to nurse cadets. It provides opportunities to develop and practice a clinical phase of instruction at Army Medical Command Treatment Facilities worldwide. The cadets receive an OER upon completion.

John 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, the cadet must have an interest in Infantry and/or Special Forces. Robin Sage can only accommodate 13 MS III Cadets to fill leadership positions within the Guerrilla Teams. MS II cadets will play the role of Guerrillas and 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.