Training Opportunities

Army ROTC is widely regarded as the best leadership course in the world.

Opportunities for specialized training are available, giving Army Cadets exciting, challenging, experiences that most people never get. These training programs provide a deeper look into what it means to lead America’s Soldiers.

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After their third year, Cadets attend CST, previously known as Cadet Leadership Course (CLC), Warrior Forge, or the National Advanced Leadership Course. Successful completion of CST is required for all Army ROTC Cadets prior to being commissioned as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, Army Reserve, or the National Guard.

The training incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and assess Cadets’ leadership abilities. We often call it the "Super Bowl of ROTC" because it is here that Cadets put all of the knowledge and skills they have acquired in their first three years to the test.

Basic Camp allows students to enter the Army ROTC Two-Year Advanced Course without any prior military or ROTC experience. Basic Camp catches students up on what they would have learned in their first two years in the Basic Course, providing the necessary training to ensure success during the last two years of Army ROTC.

While at Basic Camp, students will be observed and assessed on their Officer potential while experiencing exciting adventure training such as rappelling and obstacle course training. This is a great opportunity for students who are interested in gaining leadership experience, meeting new people and, most importantly, learning more about themselves. 

Optional Training

Limited slots are available for qualified Cadets to attend Airborne School at Fort Moore, GA. Applicants must have passed the Airborne physical examination and attained the appropriate score on the ACFT.

Successful completion of this training entitles the Cadet to wear the Army Airborne Badge. The three weeks of training are divided into ground, tower, and jump week. By the end of the third week Cadets will have completed at least 5 successful jumps!

The 10-day Air Assault training course is designed to teach Cadets skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, and instill the Air Assault spirit. Requirements for selection are the same as for Airborne training. During the course, Cadets will complete an obstacle course, physical training, rappelling, troop ladder, rigging and sling loading, road marches, and evaluations.

Successful completion allows Cadets to wear the Air Assault Badge. Cadets can attend the Air Assault course at Fort Campbell, KY. 

Limited CTLT allocations are available annually to Cadets. This program allows selected Cadets to be attached to Active-Duty units and serve in a leadership position. The program is approximately three to four weeks in duration, and is available only to MS III Cadets, who attend CST in the same year. Cadets who attend CTLT are paid at the same rate as for CST.

Upon completion of this assignment, Cadets receive a performance evaluation by an Officer in the assigned unit. This evaluation is used by the Professor of Military Science (PMS) when providing further counseling and leadership training. 

Learn more about this three-to-four-week program and the benefits of combining Nursing and ROTC here.