Cadet Professional Development Training
A. Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) http://warriorforge.wordpress.com/
Physically Fit for Warrior Forge
Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) is 30 days of fast-paced, realistic, and exciting training and evaluation conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington normally during the summer between the junior and senior year.
The first three years of ROTC lead up to LDAC. You cannot attend LDAC until you have completed your junior year. The purpose of LDAC is to evaluate the leadership abilities of cadets. Cadets are placed under stressful conditions and forced to make decisions. How well a cadet performs at LDAC can have a great effect on the cadet’s branch and whether or not the cadet gets activity duty. All cadets must attend LDAC before they can be commissioned.
Who may attend? Cadets must have completed the MSIII year on campus and must demonstrate the ability to pass the APFT with a minimum score of 180, the land navigation course with a score of 70%, pass the Combat Water Survival Training (CWST), and receive a satisfactory “S” evaluation in at least 5 leadership position during LDAC. These are minimum requirements which may negatively impact your overall performance camp evaluation report (CER) drastically.
How do I sign up? The MSIII instructor recommends cadets for attendance and the PMS grants final approval.
B. LEADER’S TRAINING COURSE (LTC) http://www.leaderstrainingcourse.com/
The Leader’s Training Course (LTC) consists of 28 action-packed days of training conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky normally during the summer between your sophomore and junior year. It is required for those who have not received academic credit for both MS II classes and want to enter the Advanced Course to seek a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the US Army, National Guard or Reserves. Drill sergeants conduct some of the training, however Basic Camp is not Basic Training and the course is designed to evaluate your leadership abilities and tech you the same skills you would have learned in MS I and MS II classes taught on campus. You will be paid a stipend to attend Camp Challenge and incur no military obligation at all.
C. AIRBORNE TRAINING
Airborne training is conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia. The training encompasses all aspects of entering a combat zone by parachute. It is a three week course. The first week (ground week) consists of rigorous physical training and instruction designed to prepare the student to make a parachute jump and land safely. The second week (tower week) perfects individual skills and stresses team effort. Jump skills are taught through the use of the swing landing trainer, the suspended harness, and the 250-foot-free-fall tower. The final week is Jump Week, where you will use the training of the previous two weeks to execute five parachute jumps. The jumps will include one night jump and two jumps in full combat gear. Upon completion of the fifth jump, you will receive the Parachutist Qualification Badge and be a member of the elite “AIRBORNE” community.
Who may apply? If you desire to attend Airborne School you must be enrolled in ROTC and in top physical condition (score above 225 on the Army Physical Fitness Test and be able to run 4 miles at an 8-minute pace in airborne uniform which includes boots within 30 days of attendance). Cadets must have completed one of the following: MS I and II year on campus, Basic Combat Training during prior active or reserve service, Basic Camp, or Advanced Camp. School selections are limited and competitive. Professor of Military Science will select students for attendance with order of merit list in early spring.
How do I sign up? Contact the ROC Training Officer or Senior NCO room 112 (training office) Army ROTC building. Sign up sheets are also posted in training office.
D. AIR ASSAULT TRAINING
Air Assault School is a ten day course conducted at several locations to include Fort Campbell, Kentucky, Fort Rucker, Alabama, Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Students are instructed on all aspects of using helicopters to enter combat. Training includes an obstacle course, rappelling from a tower and hovering helicopter, rigging equipment for sling loading, and landing and pick-up zone operations. Training culminates in twelve mile road march in under three hours while wearing full combat gear. Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive the Air Assault Badge.