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Specialty Training

Specialty training

Students in the ROTC program have the opportunity to attend special schools or training on a voluntary basis during the summer and winter breaks.

Cadet Initial Entry Training Course

The Cadet Initial Entry Training Course is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer at Fort Knox,  Kentucky. 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 ROTC scholarship.

Cadet Troop Leader Training

The Cadet Troop Leader Training track provides cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army units over a three- to four-week period. Cadets serve in platoon leader positions or other positions where a second lieutenant is normally assigned.

The four-week Drill Cadet Leadership Training program provides cadets the opportunity to serve in a platoon leader or executive officer position and work closely with drill sergeants and other experienced non-commissioned officers. Cadets experience leadership training with Initial Military Training companies. Length of service varies in duration depending on the host unit and location.

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, with Cadet Command emphasizing an increase in overseas opportunities to focus on cultural awareness and language proficiency.

Airborne School

The 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry Regiment conducts the U.S. Army Airborne School. Airborne School instructors are the world-renowned "black hats" from the U.S. Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force. Students are trained in the use of static line deployed parachutes.

Students are trained by the same platoon sergeants, section sergeants and squad leaders for all three phases of training, (ground, tower and jump). The school's teaching philosophy is designed to strengthen unit cohesion, discipline and supervision while producing quality paratroopers.

    Phase I — Ground Week

    The week of 1,000 falls! You will learn how to properly exit an aircraft and perform a Parachute Landing Fall (PLF). This week will introduce you to the Lateral Drift Apparatus and the 34-foot tower.

    Phase II — Tower Week

    During tower week you will conduct training on the 34-foot tower to develop your skills in exits and deploying your reserve chute, and the Swing Landing Trainer to hone your PLFs. You may also experience the 250-foot tower. This is the closest thing to jumping out of an airplane possible.

    Phase III — Jump Week

    This is it! You've been training for three weeks, are you ready? You will perform five jumps this week: three "Hollywoods" (no gear), one night and one day jump, both with full gear.


    A cadet obtains a slot in Airborne School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year. Only the most qualified and motivated cadets will be selected to attend the course.

    Minimum entry requirements

    Army Physical Fitness Test: Score of 260, with 80 points per event.

    Able to execute 10 pull-ups to standard.

    Complete an Army physical within 18 months of class start date that clears cadet for Airborne training

Air Assault School

Air Assault School is a 10½ day course that teaches air assault techniques and procedures. Successful completion qualifies soldiers to wear the Air Assault Badge.

This school deals with making soldiers qualified to conduct airborne helicopter operations. Proper sling load techniques, knots and fast roping are among the topics covered. The school also features a 12-mile march with rucksack.

    Phase I — Combat Air Assault Operations

    You will conduct various training evolutions such as the obstacle course followed by a 2-mile run. You will be trained and tested on aircraft hand and arm signals, Army helicopter characteristics and capabilities, and medical evacuation procedures. You will also conduct Physical Training (PT), a 4-mile road march and a combat air assault operation.

    Phase II — Sling-Load Operations

    Phase II is the most difficult phase of Air Assault. You will be trained and tested on practical rigging and inspection of sling loads for Army helicopters, and on Pathfinder operations. Practical examinations will be based on inspecting various sling loads for discrepancies and participation in live sling load operation.

    Phase III — Rappelling

    During the rappelling phase you will be tested on tying the Swiss seat, ramp, tower, skid rappelling, and fast-roping techniques. Before you know it you will find yourself going out of an actual helicopter. The final test for Air Assault is the 12-mile road march with full combat gear.


    A cadet obtains a slot in Air Assault School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year. The battalion usually receives zero or one slots per year. Only the most qualified and motivated cadets will be selected to attend the course.

    Minimum Entry Requirements

    Army Physical Fitness Test: Score of 260, with 80 points per event.

    Able to execute 10 pull-ups to standard.

    Complete an Army physical within 18 months of class start date that clears cadet for Airborne training

Mountain Warfare School

The Army Mountain Warfare School is an Army National Guard installation on the Ethan Allen Firing Range, in Jericho, Vt. The school exists to train soldiers in the specialized skills required for operating in mountainous terrain, under all climatic conditions, day and night.

Northern Warfare School

Arctic, sub-arctic, and mountain environments are brutally unforgiving to the unprepared. Units that have successfully fought in these environments have historically been those with special individual skills, and are physically and mentally tough, and have extensive experience and expertise operating in harsh conditions.

At the Northern Warfare School, you will experience training that will prepare you as a leader of units that overcome demanding cold weather and mountainous environments.

Courses Offered:

  • Cold Weather Orientation Course
  • Cold Weather Leaders Course
  • Basic Mountaineering Course
  • Assault Climbers Course

Nurse Summer Training Program

Nurse studying

Army ROTC nurse cadets have an opportunity for a unique summer nursing experience. The paid, three-week Nurse Summer Training Program assigns cadets to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and Germany.

This program introduces you to the Army Medical Department and to the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps officer. Under the supervision of an experienced Army Nurse Corps officer, you will obtain hands-on clinical skills, learn more problem-solving techniques and become comfortable developing your professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Health Care Team.

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