Summer Training Opportunities
Following the completion of Warrior Forge at the end of their junior year (and occasionally prior to Warrior Forge!) cadets are eligible to apply for selected Army training. This training is perfect for cadets who wish to experience the Army firsthand.
Warrior Forge: Warrior Forge is a 32-day course designed to stress and pressure cadets. Cadets attend Warrior Forge during their Junior Senior year summer and receive their final evaluations before Branch Selection. Here all cadets across the nation are equal and participate together. Warrior Forge is a significant milestone towards commissioning. MSI-MSIII years are designed to train and prepare you for Warrior Forge.
Airborne Training: The US Army Airborne School, located at Ft. Benning, Georgia, is available to cadets that are enrolled in the program. The course is three weeks long, consisting of a ground week, tower week and jump week. With each week comes different types of training designed to teach you to parachute from airplanes and helicopters. 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 highest standards have been set--it is now up to you to maintain them!
Air Assault Training: Air Assault training is available at different Army posts across the country. It is a 10-day course that consists of physical training, sling load training, rappelling and a 12-mile road march. This is a tough course that will exhaust you both physically and mentally, but in the long run it will be worth every ounce of energy you put into it!
Northern Warfare Training: Northern Warfare training will train you how to survive in the worst of conditions. It also trains you in the art of moving and conducting missions in all types of weather and on all types of terrain. This course is not for the faint of heart; if you land a spot at Northern Warfare School you'd better be prepared.
Mountain Warfare School: Mountain Warfare school is at Ethan Allen Firing Range, in Jericho, Vermont, by the Vermont National Guard. This course is designed to teach/familiarize cadets with mountain operations. It will challenge you both physically and mentally. Training is nonstop, 16 hours per day for 14 days. It tests your physical strength by forcing you to carry a 45-65 pound rucksack for 2-5 miles a day in mountainous terrain and mentally by testing your day and night land navigation skills.
SAPPER Leader Course: pictures from Sapper Leader Course
Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT): CTLT increases each cadet's leadership experience. Cadets are assigned to a platoon leader position in a regular active duty Army unit and given an opportunity to lead soldiers. It provides cadets with first hand experience with the command, training, administration, and logistical functions of active duty units. It also exposes cadets to the on-duty and off-duty environment of the junior officer. Picture from CTLT
Leader's Training Course (LTC): The Leader's Training Course is the Army's 2-year ROTC Program entry point. Through the Leader's Training Course, students without ROTC Basic Course experience can examine the Army without incurring an obligation, and qualify for Advanced Course entry. The Army observes these students and determines their officer potential in a leadership-oriented, challenging, and motivating 5-week training program at Fort Knox, Kentucky.
Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP): NSTP is a clinical elective offered at Army hospitals in the United States and Germany. NSTP is a paid elective attended during the summer between your junior and senior years of college. It gives you the opportunity to develop both your leadership and nursing skills. It will introduce you to the Army Medical Department and the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps officer.
Robin Sage: The last two weeks of Special Forces training at Ft. Bragg, NC, give cadets the opportunity to participate as indigenous forces to be trained by Special Forces candidates. This two-week program is physically demanding and takes place entirely in a field environment.