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.