Qualified, competitive, and contracted cadets have the opportunity to attend adventurous training courses between school years.
Becoming a paratrooper at Airborne School is a unique experience requiring special dedication and a desire to be challenged mentally and physically. This three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Course, teaches Soldiers the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. The final test includes a non-assisted jump.
The purpose of the BAC is to qualify the volunteer in the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment and to develop leadership, self-confidence, and an aggressive spirit through mental and physical conditioning.
Airborne Soldiers have a long and distinguished tradition of being an elite body of fighting men and women–people who have always set the example for determination and courage. When you volunteer for this training, you accept the challenge of continuing this tradition. The Airborne Soldiers of the past set high standards–it is now up to you to maintain them!
U.S. Army Air Assault School is a 10-day course designed to prepare Soldiers for insertion, evacuation, and pathfinder missions that call for the use of multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters. Air Assault training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures, skills that involve intense concentration and a commitment to safety and preparation.
Most Air Assault cadets will attend Sabalauski Air Assault School, located at Fort Campbell, KY. Training is broken into three phases, each lasting three days: Combat Assault Phase, Sling Load Phase, and Rappel Phase. On graduation day, cadets will undergo a 12-mile ruck march. Once they complete the march, they earn their wings as official Air Assault Soldiers.
Air Assault School is necessarily physically and mentally demanding, as Soldiers will be required handle heavy equipment and perform dangerous tasks under extremely stressful conditions. Successful candidates must possess a keen eye for detail and a dedication to meticulous preparation.
For Army ROTC Cadets, the world is their classroom. Every year hundreds of Cadets travel the globe, spend up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learn more about how other others around the world view the U.S. and, in the process, learn more about themselves.
The Army recognizes the need for young leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills. Now more than ever, cultural awareness training is a vital component to the ROTC curriculum. Overseas immersions help educate future leaders in ways the classroom cannot.
Cadets now receive opportunity to compete for immersion in more than 40 countries. These opportunities expose them to everyday life in different cultures and intensifies language study, which helps produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21st Century.
Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including humanitarian service, host nation military-to-military contact and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. In 2013, 1,200 ROTC Cadets traveled across the world and participated in Cadet Command's CULP program. The future goal is for at least half of all Cadets to complete a CULP Immersion Internship annually.
CTLT Internships provide MSL III Cadets with an opportunity to exercise specialized language, technical, or research skills. Internships range from three to eight weeks long. Cadets receive an Officer Evaluation Report upon completing the internship.
Cadets who wish to participate in any internship must meet application requirements, submit an application packet and receive approval. Only Cadets approved by their professor of military science and meeting all application requirements at the time of application will be considered for internships. Internship applications are specialized to each program offered. Timelines for submission may vary according to each internship.
The Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) provides Cadets the opportunity to serve in Lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Serving in Lieutenant-level or Platoon Leader positions presents an incredible chance for Cadets to earn valuable leadership experience. CTLT may have a three or four week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located CONUS (Contiguous United States) and OCONUS (Outside Contiguous United States). Cadets are assigned a unit mentor and are provided on-post lodging and meals. This program is exclusively designed for MS III Cadets before and after completion of CLC.
NSTP is a great opportunity for Cadets who are enrolled in Liberty University’s Nursing program to shadow an Army Nurse and receive clinical experience. NSTP is a 3 to 4 week paid preceptorship where the Nursing Cadet completes clinical practice under the guidance of an Army Nurse at 1 of 9 Army hospitals.
These hospitals are:
Cadets can also receive credit for NURS 416 with Liberty University’s Nursing program.
The four-week Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT) track provides Cadets the opportunity to serve in a platoon leader or executive officer position in Initial Military Training companies and work closely with Drill Sergeants and other cadre. Cadets experience leadership training with Initial Military Training (IMT) Companies. Positions lengths vary in duration depending on the host unit and location. Cadets receive an opportunity to apply leadership skills, interact with highly skilled and experienced Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) and drill sergeants, and improve common task skill proficiency in an Army training environment. Cadets must attend a Staff Cadre Training Course (SCTC) prior to training in IMT units. This program is exclusively designed for MS III Cadets.
Occurring in the summer between a Cadet’s Sophomore and Junior year, CIET is an intense 4 week introduction to the Army with an emphasis on building leadership skills, confidence, and team work. Cadets spend their first few days learning Army basics under the tutelage of drill sergeants. They also take their first Army Physical Fitness Test, which consists of sit-ups, push-ups and a two-mile run. Shortly after the course begins, Cadets are introduced to working in a small-group team-based dynamic in activities such as an obstacle course to accomplish set goals.
Each Cadet takes on a leadership role among his or her peers while at CIET. Senior officers and newly commissioned second lieutenants coach and mentor Cadets throughout the process, offering daily feedback and recommendations for improvement. As CIET progresses, Cadets’ leadership responsibilities grow as they lead peers through simulated combat scenarios using paintball guns in a field training exercise and on urban-based squad tactics missions.
Personal strength to overcome fears is also part of the confidence-building aspect of training. Fear of heights is confronted on the high-ropes course and at the top of the 31-foot rappel tower. Fear of swimming is tackled during combat water survival training, where Cadets jump blindfolded off a 3-meter high dive while holding a rifle over their heads.
This summer training event occurs between a Cadet’s junior and senior year. Held at Fort Knox, KY, Cadets develop their leadership skills and are evaluated on their officer potential. This 29 day course is a prerequisite for commissioning as an Army officer through ROTC. During CLC, Cadets are evaluated in the Army Physical Fitness Test, Land Navigation, Basic Rifle Marksmanship, Cultural Awareness, First Aid, and Squad and Platoon tactics. Cadets also learn about leadership challenges in Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) environments and gain confidence in their equipment by training in the CS Chamber. The Cultural Awareness training during CLC exposes Cadets to cultural factors; ethical dilemmas, politics, religion, economics and their potential impact on Military Operations and Mission Accomplishment within the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE).