Summer Training Opportunities

ROTC Cadets have a number of opportunities to pursue summer training in various locations across the United States.

U.S. Army Airborne School

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. 

Requirements are as follows:

  • Commissioned Officer, Warrant Officer, Noncommissioned Officer, Enlisted personnel and qualified cadets
  • Volunteer for the course
  • Be less than 36 years of age on ATRRS report date
  • Physically qualify for parachute duty IAW AR 40-501 and Hearing Conservation Program.  Be prepared to pass the APFT with a score of 180 points (60 points per event) using the 17 to 21-year-old age group scale as the standard, administered on day one of training.
  • USMA Cadets must complete Cadet Basic Training
  • ROTC cadets must be under scholarship or contracted.
  • Enlisted personnel must have completed Basic Combat Training, OSUT, or other service equivalent training
  • Commanders selecting personnel to attend the BAC will refer to AR 614-110, Assignment of Airborne Officers and Processing Volunteers for Training and AR 614-200, Enlisted Assignments and Utilization Management for information on airborne volunteer selection and processing

Week-by-week breakdown:

  • Ground week
  • Tower week
  • Jump week

Sabalauski Air Assault School

The Air Assault School, conducted at Fort Campbell, Kent., is two weeks of mental and physical challenges.  Students will learn air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, instill the air assault spirit and strive for the Air Assault Badge.

Among the many items conducted during this two-week training will be:

  • Obstacle course
  • Standard daily distance runs of up to three miles
  • Tying a series of knots and conduct graded rappels from walls and helicopters
  • Ascending and descending the troop ladder on a 35-foot tower and CH-47 helicopter
  • Prepare, rig and inspect numerous pieces of Army equipment for helicopter transport
  • Six-mile road march in 1 hour and 30 minutes and a final 12-mile road march in 3 hours or less
  • Evaluations

The student must receive a PASS after end of each phase.  To be awarded the Air Assault Badge, one must meet the high standards of the 101st Airborne Division. 

Cadet Application Requirements

  • Successful completion of the Army Physical Fitness Test
  • Have a valid medical exam stating "Qualified for Air Assault"
  • Be able to run at least four miles within a limited time

Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT)

CTLT is a four-week leadership experience conducted at units in the Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii and Europe.  Students are placed in charge of a regular Army platoon of approximately 35 soldiers.  The student's objective is to perform the leadership and management tasks necessary to train the platoon's soldiers and maintain its equipment.

While in CTLT, cadets continue to receive a rate of pay and allowances equivalent to that received at Advanced Camp.  Transportation to and from the unit is provided.  In addition, cadets stay in the Bachelor Officer Quarters and eat meals in the unit's dining facilities.  The experiences, insights and firsthand knowledge received will better prepare the cadet for his/her future as an officer.

To attend CTLT, a cadet must have:

  • Successfully completed Advanced Camp training
  • Be selected by the Professor of Military Science (usually based on an order of merit list). 

This is the best way to check out a branch before selecting the one you would like to be assigned in the fall of your senior year. 

Combat Diver qualification course

This four-week, four-day course focuses on training selected SOF personnel as open-circuit combat divers. Students will complete:

  • Day and night ocean subsurface navigation swims
  • Deep dives
  • Diving physics
  • Marine hazards
  • Tides and currents
  • Submarine lock-in/lock-out procedures
  • Closed and open-circuit swims

Find out more information on more detailed overview of the program, prerequisites, packing lists and more.

Northern Warfare School

The Northern Warfare School is a three-week course conducted at Fort Greely, Alaska.  Instruction involves survival in extreme weather conditions and mountain warfare. The training consists of three phases:

  • Phase 1 - River Phase
  • Phase 2 - Mountain Phase
  • Phase 3 - Glacier Phase

Because of the extremely limited number of slots to this training, cadets can only earn a chance to attend this school through outstanding performance in the program coupled with a demonstrated desire to pursue a military career, which would utilize these special skills.

Minimum Entry Requirements

  • Complete the MS II year of ROTC
  • Pass the Army Physical Fitness Test
  • Receive an approved Army physical within 18 months of attendance
  • Instructor & PMS Nomination