Students in the ROTC program have the opportunity to attend special schools or training on a voluntary basis during the summer and winter breaks.
Cadet Initial Entry Training Course
The Cadet Initial Entry Training Course is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This course is an accelerated version of the two years of leadership development training cadets receive in the basic course. By transforming yourself through this rigorous training, you will qualify for enrollment in the Army ROTC Advanced Course on campus, provided you have two years of college remaining (undergraduate or graduate). Once you successfully complete LTC and agree to contract and enter the Advanced Course, you may also qualify to receive a ROTC scholarship.
Cadet Troop Leader Training
The Cadet Troop Leader Training track provides cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army units over a three- to four-week period. Cadets serve in platoon leader positions or other positions where a second lieutenant is normally assigned.
The four-week Drill Cadet Leadership Training program provides cadets the opportunity to serve in a platoon leader or executive officer position and work closely with drill sergeants and other experienced non-commissioned officers. Cadets experience leadership training with Initial Military Training companies. Length of service varies in duration depending on the host unit and location.
The internship track offers a myriad of opportunities for cadets who seek additional training in specialized areas such as scientific application, engineering, nursing, medicine, intelligence, cultural awareness and language proficiency. The internship types, locations and allocations change significantly from year to year, with Cadet Command emphasizing an increase in overseas opportunities to focus on cultural awareness and language proficiency.
The 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry Regiment conducts the U.S. Army Airborne School. Airborne School instructors are the world-renowned "black hats" from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. Students are trained in the use of static line deployed parachutes.
Students are trained by the same platoon sergeants, section sergeants and squad leaders for all three phases of training, (ground, tower and jump). The school's teaching philosophy is designed to strengthen unit cohesion, discipline and supervision while producing quality paratroopers.
Air Assault School
Air Assault School is a 10½ day course that teaches air assault techniques and procedures. Successful completion qualifies soldiers to wear the Air Assault Badge.
This school deals with making soldiers qualified to conduct airborne helicopter operations. Proper sling load techniques, knots and fast roping are among the topics covered. The school also features a 12-mile march with rucksack.
Mountain Warfare School
The Army Mountain Warfare School is an Army National Guard installation on the Ethan Allen Firing Range, in Jericho, Vt. The school exists to train soldiers in the specialized skills required for operating in mountainous terrain, under all climatic conditions, day and night.
Northern Warfare School
Arctic, sub-arctic, and mountain environments are brutally unforgiving to the unprepared. Units that have successfully fought in these environments have historically been those with special individual skills, and are physically and mentally tough, and have extensive experience and expertise operating in harsh conditions.
At the Northern Warfare School, you will experience training that will prepare you as a leader of units that overcome demanding cold weather and mountainous environments.
- Cold Weather Orientation Course
- Cold Weather Leaders Course
- Basic Mountaineering Course
- Assault Climbers Course
Nurse Summer Training Program
Army ROTC nurse cadets have an opportunity for a unique summer nursing experience. The paid, three-week Nurse Summer Training Program assigns cadets to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and Germany.
This program introduces you to the Army Medical Department and to the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps officer. Under the supervision of an experienced Army Nurse Corps officer, you will obtain hands-on clinical skills, learn more problem-solving techniques and become comfortable developing your professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Health Care Team.