Becoming a paratrooper at Airborne School is a unique experience requiring special dedication and a desire to be challenged mentally and physically. This three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Course, teaches Soldiers the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. The final test includes a non-assisted jump.
The purpose of the BAC is to qualify the volunteer in the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment and to develop leadership, self-confidence, and an aggressive spirit through mental and physical conditioning.
Airborne Soldiers have a long and distinguished tradition of being an elite body of fighting men and women–people who have always set the example for determination and courage. When you volunteer for this training, you accept the challenge of continuing this tradition. The Airborne Soldiers of the past set high standards–it is now up to you to maintain them!
Air Assault School is a 10 ½ day course that teaches Air Assault techniques and procedures, and qualifies soldiers to wear the Air Assault Badge. The course is broken down into three phases and a “zero day” at the beginning of the course. Zero day consists of an inspection, the Air Assault School Obstacle Course, and a 2-mile run. Students must successfully meet the requirements for this day in order to continue on with the course. Phase 1, or the Combat Assault Phase, teaches students tasks in aircraft safety and orientation, aero medical evacuation, pathfinder operations, hand and arm signals, close combat attacks, close combat operations, and culminates with a written and hands-on test which the students must pass in order to move on to Phase 2. In Phase 2, students receive instruction on the various aspects of Sling Load Operations and are given a written and hands-on test to evaluate their understanding of this phase. Students must pass these tests to move on to Phase 3. In Phase 3, the Rappelling Phase, students receive instruction on basic ground and aircraft rappelling procedures. Students are given a hands-on test at the end of this phase which they must pass in order to pass the course. Throughout the course, students are also tested on a number of physical tests and inspections, including a 12-mile foot march at the end of the course, which they must pass in order to graduate.
Also known as the Basic Military Mountaineer Course, the Mountain Warfare Course is taught by members of the Vermont National Guard at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. This course consists of two phases: a Summer Phase and a Winter Phase. Each phase consists of 14 days of continuous training, with an average of 12-14 hours of training every day. The emphasis during the course is on practical, realistic, and strenuous hands-on skills which are consistent with current Army doctrine. At times the physical condition of the student approaches exhaustion. During the winter phase, the student’s skills, physical and mental endurance, stamina, and confidence are continuously challenged by frigid temperatures, deep snow and mountainous terrain. The student becomes increasingly proficient in the fundamentals, principles, and techniques of conducting small unit operations in mountainous terrain. More information on this course can be found at: https://www.infantry.army.mil/AMWS/
This grueling course is taught at the Black Rapids training site at the Northern Warfare Training Center in Fort Wainwright, Alaska. This course is designed to familiarize cadets with the skills required for movement through and small unit operations in mountainous terrain and cold regions. The school emphasizes basic military mountaineering skills, with specialized training in climbing techniques, rappelling styles, and river and glacier crossing. Students must receive “GOs” on all test material and all training events in order to pass the course. Learn more about this school at http://www.wainwright.army.mil/nwtc
LTC is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer at Fort Knox, KY. 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 $5,000 bonus.
At LTC you experience the Army firsthand. You will receive the kind of leadership development training that is unmatched by any other program. How? By developing your potential in the most important of ways-mentally, physically and emotionally. You will be grouped into squads where you will gain experience in all leadership roles-culminating in verbal and written feedback on your improvement. You will also receive a stipend, transportation to and from Fort Knox, housing and meals. The four weeks and four phases of LTC can lead you to the ultimate goal: becoming an Army Officer.
The benefits of this leadership training will extend well beyond your college years into any career you choose. You may even qualify for a two-year scholarship that may take care of your college tuition and many other expenses.
- CTLT-CTLT is a three track program (CTLT Platoon Leader, DCLT, Internships). Most CTLT positions are linked to a specific regiment of the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). As a result, attendance to the specific regiment is mandatory. The assigned regiment will not be changed to accommodate personal situations. One exception to this rule are overseas culture immersion internships.
- The CTLT Platoon Leader track provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and equipment (TO&E) units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in platoon leader positions or other positions where a second lieutenant is normally assigned. Platoon Leader positions have a 3-4 week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located CONUS and OCONUS. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a Dining Facility. This program is exclusively designed for MSIII Cadets after completion of LDAC.
- Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT). The 4-week DCLT program provides Cadets serve in a platoon leader or executive officer positions in IMT companies and work closely with Drill Sergeants and other cadre. Cadets experience leadership training with Initial Military Training (IMT) Companies. Positions lengths vary in duration depending on the host unit and location. 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 must attend a Staff Cadre Training Course (SCTC) prior to training in IMT units .This program is exclusively designed for MSIII Cadets.
- 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. Cadet Command is significantly increasing overseas opportunities focused on cultural awareness and language proficiency. These programs are meant primarily for MSII and MSIII Cadets. Select the Internship link to see more information on each program. In some cases an MSI Cadet can request an exception to this policy.
The Leader Development and Assessment Course , conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington, provides the best possible, professional training and evaluation for all cadets. Set this same example for cadets in all aspects of camp life, administration and logistical support. Although the camp mission includes continued training and leadership development, the primary focus at camp is to evaluate each cadet's officer potential. This camp represents the only opportunity for this command to gather all cadets on one "level playing field" for the purposes of making this assessment as accurately and as professionally as possible.
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