Skip to Content

Department of Military Science

Academic Programs

Qualified cadets may attend Leader's Training Course (LTC), Airborne School, Air Assault School, Drill Cadet Leader Training, Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP), Ranger challenge, Mountain and Northern Warfare training and ROTC nurse summer training. Additionally, Advanced Course cadets may attend Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT), serving a two to three-week tour with an active Army unit upon completion of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC).

Leader's Training Course (LTC)
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 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 US Army Airborne School is at the US 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. A cadet obtains a slot in Airborne School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year. The battalion usually receives 3-5 slots per year. Only the most qualified and motivated cadets will be selected to attend the course.

Air Assault
Air Assault school is located at several places including Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Drum, New York, Camp Smith, USMA, and overseas in Germany and Hawaii. This school is an intense, 10 day course designed to give leaders a basic understanding of Army helicopter missions. There is some class room instruction, but it is mostly hands-on and performance oriented. It is broken down into four phases: Pathfinder operations, slingload operations, rappelling phase, and foot march phase. A cadet obtains a slot in Air Assault 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.

Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT)
The 4-week DCLT program provides Cadets with the opportunity to serve in a platoon leader or executive officer position in Initial Military Training (IMT) companies and to work closely with Drill Sergeants and other cadre. Position lengths vary in duration depending on the host unit and location. Cadets have the opportunity to apply leadership skills, interact with highly skilled and experienced Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) and drill sergeants, and improve common task skill proficiency in an Army training environment.

Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP)
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 missions. 

Ranger Challenge
Ranger challenge is considered as the varsity sport of Army ROTC. It consists of a nine-person coed team and represents the school's ROTC program in the Rocky Mountain Ranger Challenge Competition that is held in Laramie, Wyoming or at Fort Carson, Colorado each fall semester. Its purpose is to develop esprit-de-corps, technical and tactical competence, physical fitness and leadership abilities of its participants.

The competition tests cadets in weapons handling and assembly, marksmanship, one-rope bridge assembly and crossing, orienteering, hand grenade assault course, The Army Physical Fitness Test, combat patrolling or knowledge of and a ten-kilometer forced march with load bearing equipment, M16 rifle, ruck sack packed with a minimal amount of gear.

Mountain Warfare
Mountain Warfare School is at Ethan Allen Firing Range, in Jericho Vermont, of 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.

Northern Warfare
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.

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 MSIII cadets during the summer following completion of LDAC. This three week CONUS or 4 week OCONUS program trains Cadets in lieutenant positions with active Army and Reserve component units. Assignments are available in nearly all branches and with units worldwide.