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Department of Military Science (ROTC)

Summer Programs and Opportunities

Qualified cadets may attend Basic Camp, the U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course, the U.S. Army Air Assault School, Ranger Challenge, the Army Mountain Warfare School, the Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School, Army Space Cadre Basic Course, ROTC Nurse Summer Training, and various other training opportunities offered annually. Additionally, Advanced Course cadets may attend Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT), serving an all-costs-paid two to three-week tour with an active Army unit within the continental United States or overseas upon completion of Cadet Summer Training (known as "CST" or "Advanced Camp").

Basic Camp (BC)
Basic Camp 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 and substitutes for completion of MISC 103, 104, 200, and 204. 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 Basic Camp and agree to contract and enter the Advanced Course, you may also qualify to receive a $5,000 bonus.

At Basic Camp, you experience the Army firsthand. You will receive the kind of leadership development training that is unmatched by any other program 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 detailed one-on-one verbal and written feedback on your performance and potential with a senior Army leader. You will also receive a stipend, transportation to and from Fort Knox, housing, and meals. The four weeks and four phases of Basic Camp can lead you to the ultimate goal: becoming an Army Officer.

Cadet Summer Training ("Advanced Camp" or "CST")
CST is a 35-day training event designed to develop a cadet’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to forge them into tough, adaptable leaders who can thrive in ambiguous and complex environments. Cadets are evaluated on their ability to lead at the Squad and Platoon levels, both in garrison and tactical environments. Cadets are mentally and physically tested during a 12-day consequence driven field training exercise that replicates a combat training center rotation. Successful completion of the Advanced Camp is a prerequisite for commissioning.

Advanced Camp is divided into four phases: (1) Reception and Staging, (2) Integration, (3) Deployment and Field Training Exercise (4) Redeployment and Reintegration.

Outcomes for Advanced Camp include:

  • Assessing organizational capabilities and limitations to increase team cohesion and operational effectiveness.
  • Developing agile and adaptive leaders that solve problems and thrive in ambiguous, complex operating environments.
  • Applying components of cross-cultural competence in the conduct of military operations.

Successful completion of the Advanced Camp is a prerequisite for commissioning. Cadets typically attend CST during the summer semester following completion of their junior year.

U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course
The U.S. Army Basic Airborne Course is located at the U.S. Army Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Moore, Georgia. This course is designed to train you to become a paratrooper. It develops the student's confidence through repetitious training so that the student can overcome the natural fear of jumping from an airplane, and develop and maintain the high level of physical fitness required of a paratrooper. Each student must satisfactorily complete 5 jumps from an aircraft while in flight. A cadet obtains a slot in Airborne School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year. The Battalion usually receives 1-2 slots per year. Only the most qualified and motivated cadets will be selected to attend the course.

U.S. Army. Air Assault School
U.S. Army Air Assault School is located at several places including Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Drum, New York, the United States Military Academy, and various continental U.S. and overseas locations to include Germany and Hawaii. This school is an intense 10-day course designed to give leaders a basic understanding of Army helicopter missions. Students will be tested in the classroom and through hands-on, performance-oriented evaluations. It is broken down into three phases: Aircraft Familiarization Phase, Slingload Phase, and Rappel Phase. A cadet obtains a slot in Air Assault by virtue of his/her performance during the school year. The battalion usually receives 3-4 slots per year. Only the most qualified and motivated cadets will be selected to attend the course.

Ranger Challenge
Ranger Challenge is a prestigious club and competition that is considered the varsity sport of Army ROTC. It consists of a eleven-person coed team and represents the school's ROTC program nationally each fall semester. Its purpose is to develop esprit-de-corps, technical and tactical competence, physical fitness, and leadership abilities of its participants. During Ranger Challenge, you will be able to meet and network with high-performing and like-minded peers across the nation as well as influential senior leaders in the military. You will often hear from many senior leaders in the United States Army that they first met each other as college students at Ranger Challenge. It is a tradition and competition that spans decades.

The competition tests cadets in weapons handling and assembly, marksmanship, one-rope bridge assembly and crossing, orienteering, the hand grenade assault course, and many physically intensive events involving strength, power, and endurance. Teams move from event to event across approximately 20 to 30 miles within a 24-hour period. Winning teams for each Brigade subsequently participate in the annual Sandhurst Military Skills Competition at the U.S. Military Academy (USMA) in the spring. Sandhurst is a two-day competition featuring teams from West Point, Army ROTC units across the U.S., all service academies, and 14 international teams from across the globe.

Army Mountain Warfare School
Mountain Warfare School is at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. This course is designed to teach and 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.

Cold Weather Leaders Course at the Northern Warfare Training Center
Northern Warfare School is taught at the Northern Warfare Training Center in Fort Greely, Alaska. The course is designed to familiarize selected cadets with the skills required for movement in mountainous terrain and cold regions during summer months. Emphasis is placed on basic military mountaineering skills and river operations on the inland waterways. A cadet obtains a slot in Northern Warfare School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year. The battalion usually receives 0-1 slots per year. Only the most qualified and motivated cadets will be selected to attend the course.

U.S. Army Special Forces Underwater Operations School
Key West Florida is known worldwide as one of the tourist destinations, but it’s also home to the Special Forces Underwater Operations School. The Army’s six-week course churns out combat divers who take that knowledge back to their units and share it with their own teams.

Nurse 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. 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 Brigade Nurse counselor to the Cadet Command Chief Nurse. Cadets applying for this program must be certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS- Provider level) and certification may not expire prior to the completion of NSTP training.

Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT)
Cadet Troop Leadership Training is an optional program for MS3 cadets (juniors) during the summer following completion of CST. This three-week continental U.S. or 4-week overseas program trains Cadets in Lieutenant positions with active Army and Reserve component units. Assignments are available in nearly all branches worldwide.