There are many different AROTC training oppertunities that cadets can take part in. There are several different types of training available through the U.S. Army, Cadet Command and through Norwich University.
- Air Assault
- Mountain Warfare
A three-week school conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia. Cadets in good physical condition may compete for a school allocation. During the course, cadets will train alongside Regular Army officers and enlisted men and women, as well as members of the other armed services, to jump from an Air Force aircraft (C130 and C17). Upon completion of the course, cadets will earn the coveted jump wings and be parachutist qualified.
The Air Assault School, conducted at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is two weeks of mental and physical challenges. This school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, instill the Air Assault spirit and award the Air Assault Badge.
Visit the Fort Campbell Sabalauski Air Assault School site for more information.
Mountain Warfare school is a two-week course taught by the Vermont National Guard at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. Both a summer and a winter phase are offered. The training is designed to make you an expert in mountain operations. Mountain Warfare School is both physically and mentally demanding. If you can carry a 65-pound rucksack up to five miles per day in mountainous terrain and are competent with both day and night land navigation you may have what it takes to complete this intense training.
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Cadet Command Training
Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT)
CTLT is a four-week leadership experience conducted at units in the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, and Europe. Students are placed in charge of a regular Army platoon of approximately 35 soldiers. The student’s objective is to perform the leadership and management tasks necessary to train the platoon’s soldiers and maintain equipment.
While in CTLT, cadets continue to receive a rate of pay and allowances equivalent to that received at Advanced Camp.
Visit the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Cadet Leader Training site for more information.
Feedback from Cadets:
My CTLT experience was a lot of fun. For the first week I saw how an infantry unit works, in the type of garrison army environment that we are entering into. Afterwards I got moved to 1-1 cavalry, the first cavalry unit in American history, and I did a spur ride with them, earning my cavalry spurs. While I was there, because the brigade was a testing unit, I also got to sit in almost every light and heavy combat vehicle that the army has. I also experienced how the BFT (Blue Force Tracker) works and how it is going to be integrated with the Nett Warrior. I got firsthand experience of having subordinate soldiers and how real units run, the relationships I saw and made with officers and enlisted soldiers is a very valuable experience that I can use for years to come. -CDT Brennan, 1-1 Cavalry, CTLT FT Bliss TX
During my stay at K16 in South Korea, I shadowed 1LT Maclean of 2-2 A Co ASLT Aviation. Five minutes after meeting my sponsor, we promptly loaded a UH-60 Blackhawk with my belongings and flew to K16 (Seoul Air Base) where I would be staying. My experience only went up from there. I was introduced to my Company Commander, BN Commander, and various warrant officers who I would be around most of the time. My LT was very knowledgable, and was proactive in my learning experiences, not just about aviation, but with finding out about South Korean culture. He involved me in flight planning, pre-flights, run-ups, radio calls, and other various actions that an aviator does. Our aviation BN was also involved in a formal dining in
with an FA unit, where the next day we went on a staff ride of Task Force Smith. Whenever my LT could not come in (if he had SDO) he would make sure a warrant officer, or whoever was flying that day would bring me with them. Some of the amazing opportunities that I had were; I was involved in the planning and briefing of a 15 ship mission, I was the hook-up for NVG sling loads, and I logged four hours of simulator time.
I was also able to enjoy the South Korean culture, such as dress, shopping, and food. I went to Seoul, Gangnam, Osen, Itaewon, and Suseo. I was also able to participate in various activities with other LTs, CDTs, and friends from Norwich. I took the JSA and DMZ tour, and saw a joint FTX live fire exercise with artillery and apaches. Throughout my time in Korea I enjoyed everything it had to offer, from my room (which was the same room a officer stays in, so a one bedroom apartment to include a full bathroom, kitchen, and washer and dryer), to flying over the 2004 Olympic Stadium. -CDT Belcher, 2-2 ASLT Aviation,CTLT South Korea
I spent 3 weeks this summer at Ft. Polk for CTLT with the 1st MEB, 88th BSB, 546th. I learned a lot during my experience there and it helped me get a good look at how a unit in the Army works and how NCOs play a huge role in making the platoon function as a whole. My time as the PL helped me learn that there is a lot more to the job then it seems. I also had a lot of fun with extra training opportunities such as flying in a helicopter and doing field training with Special Forces. I would highly suggest any cadet do CTLT if they get the chance. -CDT Wilson- Booth, 1 MEB, 88 BSB, 546th, CTLT FT. Polk
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Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT)
Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT) is a four-week program that provides cadets an opportunity to apply leadership skills, interact with highly skilled and experienced Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) and drill sergeants, and improves common task skill proficiency in an Army training environment. Cadets serve in positions with the cadre of Initial Entry Training (IET) and One-Station Unit Training (OSUT) units—Basic Combat Training.
Visit the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Drill Cadet Leader Training site for more information.
Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program
Recognizing the need for young leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills, the CULP Program give Cadets the opportunity to spend up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how other others around the world view the U.S. and, in the process, learning more about themselves.
Visit the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s CULP Program site for more information.
Cadet Leadership Course (CLC)
The Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) is now held annually at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The U.S. Army’s largest training exercise, CLC is the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s capstone training event. The purpose of the course is to train U.S. Army ROTC Cadets to Army standards, to develop their leadership skills, and to evaluate their officer potential. Most Army Cadets attend CLC between their junior and senior undergraduate years after having contracted to join the Army. Successful completion of CLC is a prerequisite to becoming an Army officer through ROTC.
The 29-day course starts with individual training and leads to collective training, building from simple to complex tasks. This building-block approach permits integration of previously-learned skills into follow-on training. This logical, common-sense training sequence is maintained for each training cycle. Every day at CLC is a day of training.
Nursing Summer Training Program (NSTP)
Cadets with an academic major of Nursing are the only cadets eligible to apply for this program. Cadets are assigned to Army Medical Facilities both in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS) including Europe and Asia.
NSTP provides nursing cadets with opportunities to develop and practice leadership in a clinical environment. Cadets work side-by-side with an Army Nurse Corps Officer preceptor. To qualify, cadets must submit an application packet through their PMS and the Brigade Nurse counselor to the Cadet Command Chief Nurse.
Visit the Army ROTC for Nursing Students site for more information.
- Specialty Units
- Leadership Development Exercises (LDX)
Leadership Development Exercise (LDX)
LDXs are conducted once a semester and are where cadets do a multiple day long practical exercise demonstrating what they have learned thus far in the semester.