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Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)

LDAC is the only required summer training a Cadet normally attends.  All cadets normally attend LDAC, also known as Warrior Forge between their junior and senior year.  This 5 week camp is essentially the final exam for Army ROTC cadets.   

LDAC is the crucible of the Army ROTC Program. The primary focus at LDAC is to evaluate each cadet's officer potential in a collective environment. The secondary purpose of LDAC is to validate specific skills taught on campus and to impart selective individual and collective common skills. LDAC represents an opportunity for cadets from disparate schools to train in an environment with common operational conditions. They will be required to pass certain basic skill assesments like land nav and PRT, and demonstrate their leadership proficiency in 6 graded leadership assignments during the camp.  A Cadet's performance at camp plays a significant role in their final national ranking.

Although LDAC is the only required summer training, there are training opportunities based on availability of training slots.  These opportunities are competative, and participation, GPA and APFT scores will play a role in determining who is given the opportunity.

Airborne school

Airborne school is a 3 week course held at Fort Benning, Georgia.  This training teaches the cadet how to jump out of an aircraft and land successfully under a parachute deployed by static line.  Attendees normally receive 5 jumps and are awarded the parachutist badge upon graduation.

Air Assault school

US Army Air Assault School is a two-week (10 days) course of instruction conducted at several locations across the Army, including Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Fort Drum, NY; Camp Smith, USMA; and at overseas locations in Germany and Hawaii.  The purpose of the course is to  train Soldiers in Air Assault operations, sling-load operations, and rappelling.  Upon graduation of the course each Soldier will be able to perform skills required to make maximum use of helicopter assets in training and in combat to support their unit operations. Soldiers are trained on the missions performed by rotary wing aircraft, aircraft safety, aero-medical evacuation procedures, pathfinder operations, principles and techniques of combat assaults, rappelling techniques, and sling-load operations.

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) Internships

This internship program places you in actual Army units acting as a real Lieutenant. This three week challenge is a definite learning experience, allowing you to gain a perspective on what you will be facing as future officer. Generally, you are placed in a platoon leader position, leading 30+ soldiers and responsible for millions of dollars of equipment.  CTLT is the best way to familiarize yourself with a branch before having to choose your branch preferences during the accessions process at the beginning of the MS IV year.  In recent years GKB Cadets have done CTLT in Korea, Hawaii, Fort Hood, and Fort Bragg amongst other locations.

Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP)

Cadet Command Culture and Language Immersion Deployments help ROTC Cadets become aware and more knowledgeable of cultures, languages and regions including the American and Army culture. Cadets are exposed to peoples, languages, traditions, and contexts of countries other than the United States. Culture and language immersion prepares these future leaders to make better decisions not only in the best interest of the U.S. but also that of the indigenous population of the country within which they may find themselves operating. These summer deployments help dispel stereotypes and build mutual
respect. These "real - world" missions not only provide excellent venues for culture and foreign language immersion but provide SROTC Cadets the opportunity to directly contribute to Army efforts toward building relationships with our partner nations around the world. Cadet participation in summer deployments is strictly voluntary. Cadet applications are solicited each fall term.

Mountain Warfare

Mountain Warfare School is a two-week course taught by the Vermont National Guard at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. Both a summer and a winter phase are offered. The training is designed to make you an expert in mountain operations. Mountain Warfare School is both physically and mentally demanding. Training is non-stop, 15 hours per day, for 14 days. If you can carry a 65-pound rucksack up to five miles per day in mountainous terrain and are competent with both day and night land navigation you may have what it takes to complete this intense training. 

LTC grad and Cadet Battalion Commander Amanda Crosely

Leaders Training Course (LTC)

There are scholars among you who aspire to achieve something even greater than a college degree. They aspire to be leaders. They are Army ROTC Cadets - and you can join them by attending the Leader's Training Course (LTC).

LTC is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer at Fort Knox, KY. This course is an accelerated version of the two years of leadership development training Cadets receive in the Basic Course. By transforming yourself through this rigorous training, you will qualify for enrollment in the Army ROTC Advanced Course on campus-provided you have two years of college remaining (undergraduate or graduate). Once you successfully complete LTC and agree to contract and enter the Advanced Course, you may also qualify to receive a $5,000 bonus.

At LTC you experience the Army firsthand. You will receive the kind of leadership development training that is unmatched by any other program. How? By developing your potential in the most important of ways-mentally, physically and emotionally. You will be grouped into squads where you will gain experience in all leadership roles-culminating in verbal and written feedback on your improvement. You will also receive a stipend, transportation to and from Fort Knox, housing and meals. The four weeks and four phases of LTC can lead you to the ultimate goal: becoming an Army Officer.

The benefits of this leadership training will extend well beyond your college years into any career you choose.