Training encompasses physical fitness, classroom labs and ongoing field training.
What to Expect:
- Physical Fitness (P/T) – Morning sessions are held M/T/TR/F. Peer PT is done on Wednesdays at a time to be determined.
- Military Science Class – Classes meet twice a week, Tuesday and Thursday from 8:00 to 9:15 or 9:25 to 10:40.
- Weekly Leadership Lab – Labs are held once a week on Thursdays from 3:05 to 5:45.
- Leadership Development Exercises (LDX) – Held twice a semester, occasionally requiring absence from classes.Excused Absences are provided for Cadets that miss class due to ROTC Training.
Contracted Cadets have a number of opportunities to participate in extra training programs during the summer months. Contracted Cadets are eligible to attend every Army School except Ranger School and Sniper School.
Cadet Initial Entry Training
The Cadet Initial Entry Training (formerly Leadership Training Course) is the premier leadership program of its kind in the United States. An intense four-week introduction to Army life and leadership training of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps, the aim of the course is to motivate and qualify Cadets for entry into the Senior ROTC program.
CIET, as it's known, is designed for college students, typically between their sophomore and junior years. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can take part in ROTC at their college as a third-year student in the four-year program.
Cadets spend their first few days learning Army basics under the tutelage of drill sergeants. They also take their first Army Physical Fitness Test, which consists of sit-ups, push-ups and a two-mile run.
Shortly after the course begins, Cadets are introduced to working in a small-group team-based dynamic in activities such as an obstacle course to accomplish set goals.
Each Cadet takes on a leadership role among his or her peers while at CIET. Senior officers and newly commissioned second lieutenants coach and mentor Cadets throughout the process, offering daily feedback and recommendations for improvement. As CIETprogresses, Cadets' leadership responsibilities grow as they lead peers through simulated combat scenarios using paintball guns in a field training exercise and on urban-based squad tactics missions.
Graduation from CIET has been the first step in many successful officers' careers. Graduates have gone on to lead America's sons and daughters in fighting to preserve American democracy and freedoms or in civilian life in the boardrooms and offices of American business.
Cadet Leadership Course (CLC)
Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Cadet Leadership Course (formerly the Leader Development and Assessment Course.) It's a four-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The mission of the Course is to train U.S. Army ROTC cadets Army standards and to develop leadership and evaluate officer potential. This is accomplished through a tiered training structure using light infantry tactics as the instructional medium.
The Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP)
For Army ROTC Cadets, the world is their classroom by way of a CULP mission. Every year hundreds of Cadets travel the globe, spending up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how others around the world view the U.S. and, in the process, learning more about themselves.
Cadets now have the opportunity to compete for immersion in more than 40 countries. These opportunities expose them to everyday life in different cultures and intensifies language study, which helps produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21st Century.
Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including humanitarian service, host nation military-to-military contact and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. In 2014, 1,320 ROTC Cadets traveled across the world and participated in Cadet Command's CULP program. The future goal is for at least half of all Cadets to complete a CULP Immersion Internship annually.
Ever wanted to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Here's your chance at U.S. Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, GA. After three weeks of intense training, culminating with five static line parachute jumps from a C-130 or C-141 aircraft, graduates earn their coveted Airborne Wings. Airborne School is offered to Cadets after their freshman, sophomore, and junior years.
Air Assault School
Learn how to establish helicopter landing zones, prepare sling loads for Air Assault operations, and learn how to rappel from a helicopter at this two week course. Qualified Cadets can attend any one of the schools located at Fort Campbell, KY, Fort Benning, GA, and West Point, New York.
Mountain Warfare School
Located at the Ethan Allen Firing Range outside Jericho, VT, United States Army Mountain School is a two week course, conducted in either the winter or summer that includes continuous training, with an average of 14 hours of training every day. The emphasis during the course is on strenuous hands-on skills. During the course, the student becomes increasingly proficient in the fundamentals, principles, and techniques of conducting small unit operations in mountainous terrain.
Cadet Field Training
Cadet Field Training (CFT) is a 4-week course with a heavy emphasis on military and physical training. Training is conducted at Camp Buckner, NY and the United States Military Academy at West Point, NY. Cadet Field training provides Cadets with an environment in which to develop leadership skills they will need to later fulfill their obligations as officers in the Army. Cadets train on topics such as reflexive fire, weapons training, obstacle courses, fire support, leadership development, land navigation, mounted maneuver training, engineer training, physical training, and close quarters combat. CFT is usually offered to 2nd year Cadets.