The U.S. Army has a vast number of career opportunities from Communication and Medical Service to include Nursing.
Optional Summer Training
The Cadet Professional Development Program (CPDT) provides Cadets with summer training opportunities during the MSL II and MSL III summer months and winter and spring breaks. CPDT is further broken into five sections. Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT),Cadet Troop Lead Training (CTLT), Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT), Internships and the Cultural Language Program (CULP). Read below for further information.
The U.S. Army Airborne School is at the U.S. Army Infantry Center, Ft. Benning Georgia. This course is designed to train soldiers to become paratroopers. It develops the student's confidence through repetitious training so that the student can overcome the natural fear of jumping from an airplane; develop and maintain the high level of physical fitness required of a paratrooper, by rigorous and progressive physical training. Each student must satisfactorily complete 5 jumps from an aircraft while in flight.
This is the most popular Army school open to Cadets. Airborne School is a 3 week course, consisting of three phases; Ground Week, Tower Week, and Jump Week. There is a lot of downtime and is not thought to be a difficult course by those Cadets who have completed the course.
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 air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, instill the Air Assault spirit and award the Air Assault Badge.
During the course, you will face such challenges as:
- Obstacle Course - You will be required to negotiate a demanding obstacle course.
- Physical Training - PT is conducted daily. Distance runs of up to three miles are standard.
- Rappelling - You are required to tie a series of knots and conduct graded rappels from walls and helicopters. You must successfully complete three day and two night helicopter rappels.
- Troop Ladder - You will ascend and descend the troop ladder on a 35-foot tower and a CH-47 helicopter.
- Rigging and Sling Loading - You will be taught and tested on how to prepare, rig and inspect numerous pieces of Army equipment for helicopter transport.
- Road Marches - You must complete a 6-mile road march in 1 hour and 30 minutes or less; you must also complete, at the end of the course, a 12-mile road march in 3 hours or less.
- Evaluations - After each phase of training, all students are given a written and practical examination based on a PASS/FAIL system.
To graduate, the student must receive a PASS at the end of each phase. his course, like Airborne, is a fast-paced exercise in mental alertness and physical endurance. You must meet the high standards of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prior to being awarded the Air Assault Badge.
Cadet Application Requirements
- Successful completion of the Army Physical Fitness Test
- Have a valid medical exam stating "Qualified for Air Assault."
- Be able to run at least 4 miles within a limited time
Northern Warfare School
The Northern Warfare School is a three-week course conducted at Fort Greely, Alaska. Instruction there involves survival in extreme weather conditions and mountain warfare.
The training consists of three phases:
- Phase 1 - River Phase
- Phase 2 - Mountain Phase
- Phase 3 - Glacier Phase
Because of the extremely limited number of slots to this training, Cadets can only earn a chance to attend this school through outstanding performance in the program coupled with a demonstrated desire to pursue a military career which would utilize these special skills.
Minimum Entry Requirements
- Complete the MS II year of ROTC
- Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test
- Receive an approved Army Physical within 18 months of attendance
- Instructor & PMS Nomination
Beyond these basics, attendance at Northern Warfare is both mentally and physically challenging. The PMS will assess each applicant, with special emphasis on overall physical fitness and the maturity level to attend and complete the course.
Cadet Troop Leadership Training
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. There are no exceptions to this policy.
Drill Cadet Leadership Training
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 after completion of LDAC.
This 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.
Culture and Language Awareness Program
The Department of the Army is currently developing a comprehensive strategy to define, assess, and train culture and language proficiency skills. Part of this strategy is expected to address how Cadet Command increases Cadet language learning exposure. Cultural awareness training is already incorporated into our curriculum, at LDAC, and now via many more overseas culture immersion internship opportunities. Increase number of Cadet cultural immersion opportunities using existing programs to minimize additional resource requirements. Participating Cadets develop culture awareness skills and appreciation of cultural differences and recognize potential impact on assigned.