Army ROTC Basic Camp
Army ROTC Basic Camp is for college students that decide to join ROTC to become an Officer in the Army after starting college. The Camp is a 28-day, PAID, training course at Fort Knox, Kentucky that catches them up on the first two years of ROTC that they missed prior to joining. The mission of Basic Camp is to test and motivate prospective students to enroll in the Advanced ROTC Course (Juniors/Graduates). Students who complete the course may be eligible for a 2-year Army ROTC scholarship with a $1200 book stipend per year and $420 per month living allowance. There is also a $5K Bonus for qualified college sophomores/graduate students. This is first come. first serve opportunity to become an Army Officer in the United States Army! Training events include:
- Teamwork Development Course
- Water Survival / Stream Crossing
- Leadership Reaction Course
- Basic Map Reading / Land Navigation
- Rappelling / Rock Climbing/ Confidence Course
- Rifle Marksmanship
For more information: https://www.goarmy.com/rotc/courses-and-colleges/curriculum/rotc-basic-camp.html
Army ROTC Advance Camp
Every Army ROTC Cadet who contracts to become an officer is required to attend the 43-day advance camp typically between a cadet’s junior and senior year of college. Cadets learn everything from soldiering basics to leadership essentials. The training focuses on leadership at the platoon level (30-40 people) and places cadets in challenging leadership scenarios in the field where they are evaluated on their decision making and professional competencies. Training tasks included patrolling, infantry platoon operations, radio communication, call for fire exercises, tactical combat casualty care and career field orientation. Cadets also become proficient with a wide range of weapons and equipment.
During the course, cadets are evaluated and graded on their leadership abilities. These evaluations are combined with their college GPAs, Physical Fitness scores and many other marks to form a basis for comparison with all the other cadets that attend Advance Camp that summer. The ranking of cadets from the top cadets to the bottom form what is called the Order of Merit List (OML). Where a cadet places on that OML helps determine their future career assignments as the Army matches each cadet’s desires with the Army’s needs.
Below is a link to the Army Advanced Camp webpage.
Field Training Exercises
Cadets are given the opportunity every semester to participate in a weekend of training at nearby military installations and sometimes with cadets from other Army ROTC programs such as University of Idaho, Eastern Washington University and Gonzaga University. Training tasks included small unit tactics, first aid, leadership reaction courses, land navigation, weapons firing ranges and ruck marches.
Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT)
Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) is a 3-4 weeks internship where selected cadets are attached to an active duty Army unit in the United States, Europe, or Asia. During their training, they are mentored by an active duty lieutenant assigned to that unit and learn the responsibilities associated with the job of their assigned mentor.
Airborne School teaches cadets how to parachute from military aircraft. The course is 3 weeks long and located at Ft. Benning, GA. Cadets selected for Airborne School go through three weeks of training – Ground Week, Tower Week, and Jump Week – to complete five parachute jumps and earn their Airborne wings. Physical fitness and an ability to overcome fear of heights are required.
Air Assault School
Air Assault School is a 2-week course on rappelling down a fast rope out of helicopters at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky or Ft. Benning, Georgia. Cadets selected for Air Assault School learn the tasks of slingload operations and landing zone operations. Cadets are required to rappel from 75 feet and complete two 12-mile ruck marches. Completion of the course earns the cadets the right to wear the Air Assault Badge.
Army ROTC Cadets have the opportunity to participate in several courses and internship opportunities during the summer to further develop their leadership potential. Internships include:
- Nurse Summer Training Program
- Scientific Research
- Intelligence Internships both Military and Federal agencies
- Public Affairs
- Medical Fields
- National Security
- Counter IED
- Nuclear Security
For more information visit Cadet Command’s website: