Special Training Opportunities

ARMY ROTC offers more than just a course in Military Science.  Specialty training is there for those with a zest for adventure

Air Assault School

Air Assault School is a two-week school conducted at various posts across the country. Instruction is centered around the combat assault from helicopters. The school is broken into three phases. The first covers conducting air assault operations; the second covers sling loading equipment to helicopters; and the third instructs the student on all aspects of rappelling. The school is physically demanding, and the student is required to conduct two road marches within specified time blocks. Successful completion of this school qualifies the cadet to wear the Air Assault Badge.

Army ROTC cadets may attend the US Army Air Assault School at any of a number of Army posts. This physically demanding, 12-day course trains soldiers to conduct military operations with Army Aviation support. In addition to a challenging physical training program, the course includes instruction on preparing and inspecting external sling loads, rappelling from helicopters, and a 12-mile timed road march in full combat gear. Cadets who graduate are awarded the U.S. Army Air Assault Badge. Air Assault School adds to an officer's professional development regardless of future branch or assignment choices. Air Assault qualification is a requirement for officers assigned to the U.S. Army's 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), and is highly encouraged for officers assigned to the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division (Light) and 25th "Tropic Lightning" Infantry Division (Light).

Airborne School

Airborne School is a three-week school conducted at Fort Benning, GA and is the most popular of all the special training courses offered. Instruction is broken down into three one-week phases, Ground Week, Tower Week, and Jump Week, and encompasses all aspects of jumping. In Jump Week, the student makes five parachute jumps at 1250 feet from a C-130 or C-141 airplane. A cadet obtains a slot in Airborne School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year.

Army ROTC cadets may attend the US Army Airborne School at Fort Benning, Georgia. This physically demanding, three-week course trains soldiers to conduct military parachute operations. During the final week of the course, cadets conduct five parachute jumps as a prerequisite to graduation. Cadets who graduate are awarded the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge. Airborne School adds to an officer's professional development, regardless of future branch or assignment choices. Airborne qualification is a prerequisite for assignment to the U.S. Army's 82d Airborne Division. Additionally, extra military schooling opportunities may be made available upon graduation from the Officers' Basic Course to officers who are already Airborne-qualified.  

Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) 

CTLT consists of 3 types of opportunities: CTLT platoon leader, specialized internship, and Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT). All three opportunities are uniquely designed for cadets to experience the work environment of an active duty Second Lieutenant.

For the CTLT platoon leader opportunity, Cadets are assigned for a three-week period (four weeks for OCONUS assignments) to Second Lieutenant positions in the active Army and are expected to lead soldiers in the accomplishment of unit missions. This on-the-job experience is potentially the most relevant and rewarding leadership training available to cadets in their preparation for commissioning as Second Lieutenants. CTLT cadets interact with unit commanders, junior officers, non-commissioned officers, and soldiers in the "real life" environment of the unit. Assignment to particular units or locations is based on allocations. In addition to room and board and reimbursement for travel expenses, cadets also receive pay while participating in CTLT.

The CTLT internships are offered in areas such as engineering, medicine, nursing, intelligence, scientific application, cultural awareness, and language proficiency. The types and locations of available internships vary each year and an increasing amount of internships are available overseas.

DCLT is a four-week program that provides cadets with an opportunity to apply their leadership skills and to interact with highly skilled and experienced non-commissioned officers and drill sergeants.

Leaders' Training Course (LTC) 

LTC is the Army's 2-year ROTC program entry point. Through LTC at Fort Knox, Kentucky, students without ROTC Basic Course experience (first 2 years of Army ROTC) can examine the Army without incurring an obligation and qualify for Advanced Course (year 3 and 4 of Army ROTC) entry. LTC is a four-week, leadership-oriented, challenging, and motivating training program. Students who are eligible for LTC have the opportunity to earn a two-year scholarship. Students who successfully complete the camp are awarded the LTC completion ribbon, which is worn on the cadet uniform.

Students who wish to join Army ROTC later in their academic career, may choose to attend the Leader's Training Course to receive credit for the freshman and sophomore classes.

Twenty-eight days in length, normally done between a new cadets sophomore and junior year, the Leader's Training Course is designed to develop the skills necessary to enter the ROTC Advanced Course, while simultaneously presenting you with both physical and mental challenges. The structure of the training program is based on action-oriented training. Emphasis is hands on, outdoor training with rapid, constructive feedback to cadets. The training program is designed to inspire you to become an outstanding leader with a sound understanding of traditional leadership values.  

The training is organized into four phases.  

  1. Soldier First Phase - The first four days of Leader's Training Course includes arrival and in-processing and learning basic military customs and courtesies. This is a Basic "introduction to the Army" to teach you skills and knowledge necessary to successfully participate in the next three phases. Specifically, you'll learn how to salute, how to wear the uniform and how to march. 
  2. Warrior Leader Phase - The next 15 days of the Leader's Training Course covers various basic military skills, which builds your self-confidence and esprit-de-corps. During this phase you'll rappel, participate in a leadership reaction course, learn water survival and stream crossing techniques, first aid, weapons and how to navigate on land using a map and compass during the day and night. You'll be challenged physically throughout this entire phase. You'll learn when to lead and when and how to follow. 
  3. Bold Leader Phase - This phase is a dynamic six-day field/adventure training exercise. You'll be exposed to squad level operations where cadre assess you leadership ability in a field environment. We'll teach you small unit tactics. We'll put you through a self confidence building obstacle course, rock climbing, paintball and the Tarzan assault course. With your newly established confidence in water survival you'll participate in small boat or raft operations. Additionally, this phase highlights the importance of teamwork and a balanced lifestyle of work and recreation.
  4. Future Leader Phase - During the final four days you'll receive counseling and individual out-briefings that recommend a personalized leadership development plan to enable you to continue to develop your leadership skills. There is also a family day and graduation ceremony to conclude the course.  

Mountain Warfare School 

Mountain Warfare School is a two-week course taught by the Vermont National Guard at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. The training is designed to make you an expert in mountain operations. Mountain Warfare School is both physically and mentally demanding. The course covers rappelling, rock climbing, mountain survival, land navigation, first aid, and knots. Soldiers climb up and rappel down mountains, tie rope systems to make bridges, navigate the land by day and night, and learn how to care for and evacuate casualties. Training is non-stop, 15 hours per day, for 14 days. If you can carry a 65-pound rucksack up to five miles per day in mountainous terrain and are competent with both day and night land navigation, you may have what it takes to complete this course.