Cadets complete a variety of training experiences as they develop and progress on their paths towards commissioning as Second Lieutenants in the U.S. Army. All Cadets will complete ROTC Advanced Camp as a pre-commissioning requirement. In addition to Advanced Camp, Cadets have a wide range of optional training experiences to expand their military skills knowledge and grow as leaders.
Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program
Immersion into foreign cultures exposes Cadets to the realities that other countries have vastly different lifestyles, economic standing and world perspective. Cadets travel in small groups led by senior leader cadre. Trips typically incorporate approximately 11 Cadets and a cadre member traveling in conjunction with a civilian agency or non-governmental agency.
Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including host nation military-to-military exchange, humanitarian service, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. In 2016, 1,300 ROTC Cadets traveled across the world and participated in Cadet Command's CULP program to 42 Countries. The future goal is for at least half of all Cadets to complete a CULP Immersion Internship annually. The trips last approximately one month, which encompasses the deployment as well as a five-day Soldier readiness process.
CULP slots are awarded on a competitive basis and take into account several factors, such as GPA, physical fitness, language ability, and other pertinent selection criteria.
Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT)
CTLT provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Active Duty Army units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in platoon leader positions or other positions where a second lieutenant is normally assigned. Platoon Leader positions have a 3-4 week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located at both stateside and overseas military bases. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals.
Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT)
Cadets are afforded opportunities to participate in a wide range of challenging training experiences including Airborne and Air Assault schools. Cadet Practical Field Training is available to all Cadets and will challenge them mentally, physically, and test their resiliency as they jump from airplanes, climb and descend rugged mountains or swim through the Caribbean Gulf at night. These schools represent the some of most advanced training afforded to Soldiers worldwide and are highly selective for attendance.