Training After Advanced Course
Learn more about Basic Camp
Students joining ROTC at the end of their sophomore year, or with two years left towards an advanced degree, attend a four-week basic leadership course during the summer before their junior year.
Basic Camp is a 30-day course taught at Fort Knox, Ky. Basic Camp is a fully paid program that is designed to teach the basic skills required of leaders. This course takes the place of the basic course (first two years of ROTC). While attending Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY, Cadets gain an experience that runs the gamut of Army life and the responsibilities of being an officer. The course instills confidence and decision-making abilities to become a leader, in the Army and in life. 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 obstacle course to accomplish set goals.
There may be scholarship opportunities available for students who attend and successfully complete the Basic Camp.
Cadet Matthew Gernetzke attended Basic Camp in Summer 2015 at Fort Knox, KY.
In the summer of 2015, CDT Genertzke attended Cadet Initial Entry Training at Ft. Knox, KY. While there, he trained with fellow MS I and MS II Cadets. The month long training included: Rifle Qualification, a Team Development course, CBRN (Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear training), Hand Grenade Assault Course, Land Navigation and Squad Level Field Training exercises.
Learn more about Ranger Challenge
Every fall there is an Annual Ranger Challenge Competition held at Fort McCoy, Wis. Ranger Challenge is a grueling, non-stop competition nick named “Fifteen hours of Pain” designed to provide the ultimate physical and mental challenge to our cadets.
10-person teams from Army ROTC Departments across the Mid-West compete; those who make it to the final competition truly represent the best Army ROTC has to offer. ROTC members team up by school to match stamina, determination and military skills in an annual competition called the most demanding intercollegiate contact is the country.
“The Warrior Spirit- That’s what Ranger Challenge is all about.” Battalion teams leave Ranger Challenge with strong bonds, sharp skills and a definite feeling of pride and accomplishment.
- Army Physical Fitness Test
- One-Rope Bridge
- Hand Grenade Assault Course
- Rifle Qualification
- Weapon Assembly/Disassembly
- 10K Road March
Ranger Buddy Challenge
Learn more about Ranger Buddy Challenge
Similar to Ranger Challenge, but instead of a 10 man-team, participants compete in two-person teams. Buddy Challenge takes place during the spring in Lawrence, Kan.
The competition consists of two-person teams from ROTC Departments across the Midwest competing in the same skills against other schools and competing against cadets from their own school.
German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge
Learn more about German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge
The German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency is a decoration of the Bundeswehr, the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Germany.
The decoration is awarded to all German soldiers. Allied soldiers may also be awarded the badge. Any rank may be awarded and wear the badge. In the United States military, the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency is one of the few approved foreign awards, and is one of the most sought after awards to achieve. But authorization and manner of wear is based on that nation’s uniform regulations.
To earn the award, one must complete the following requirements:
- Evaluation Report – Soldier evaluation report from Commanding Officer recognizing the soldier’s physical and moral standards. The purpose of the evaluation is to show evidence that the soldier is both physically and morally fit.
- First Aid Course – Combat Life Saver (CLS) level 1 course or equivalent.
German Sports test (all required):
- 100, 400 or 1000 meter timed sprint (time limit determined by age category).
- 3000 or 5000-meter timed run or 1000-meter timed swim (time and distance determined by age category).
- Measured High jump or Long jump (measured height or distance determined by age category).
- 200-meter timed swim in which any stroke is authorized (time and distance determined by age category, see table).
- Measured Shot-put or Stone put (distance requirement determined by age category), Bench Press, or 100m timed swim. The shot-put weights 16 pounds for males and 8.9 pounds for females.
- 5 shots at 3 targets untimed
- 3/5 bronze ranking
- 4/5 silver ranking
- 5/5 gold ranking
- 20K/25K/30K with at least 10 kg pack
The march must be accomplished in military uniform (ACUs, ABUs or BDUs) and boots with a rucksack weighing no less than 10 kg.
CDT Arianna Schmitz swimming during the March 2015 GAFPB. She earned a bronze badge.
Learn more about Airborne School
This is a three week school conducted at Fort Benning, Ga. At Airborne school, soldiers will train alongside Regular Army officers and enlisted men and women, as well as members of the other armed services, to jump from Air Force aircraft (C130 and C141).
Upon completion of the course, soldiers will earn the coveted jump wings and be parachutist qualified!
This course is extremely safe and boosts the confidence of all who have the opportunity to attend.
Air Assault School
Learn more about Air Assault School
Air Assault School is held at Ft. Benning, Ga. Soldiers and cadets are trained on the types of 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.
Learn more about Mountain Warfare
The Mountain Warfare School is held at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, Vt.
Cadets who attend this course will be instructed on how to conduct military operations in a mountainous environment.
Learn more about Northern Warfare
The Northern Warfare Training Center is conducted during the winter months at Black Rapids, Alaska.
The school teaches cadets to survive and conduct military operations in a Northern environment.
Cadet Troop Leader Training
Learn more about Cadet Troop Leader Training
Cadet Troop Leader Training provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in Lieutenant level leadership positions in active duty units.
Platoon Leader positions have three to four week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located in the States and overseas.
Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided lodging and meals. This program is exclusively designed for MSIII Cadets after completion of CST.
CTLT is conducted at many Army bases nationwide or in the Federal Republic of Germany or the Republic of Korea. This internship program places Cadets in actual Army units acting as real Lieutenants.
This three to five week challenge is a definite learning experience, and allows Cadets to gain a perspective on what they will be facing as future officers. Generally, Cadets are placed in platoon leader positions, leading 30+ soldiers and responsible for millions of dollars of equipment.
Nurse Summer Training Program
Learn more about Nurse Summer Training Program
Nursing students who are also Army ROTC Cadets have an opportunity for a unique summer nursing experience. The paid, three-week Nurse Summer Training Program assigns Cadets to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and Germany.
The program introduces you to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and to the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer. Under the supervision of an experienced Army Nurse Corps Officer, you will obtain hands-on experience.
Your one-on-one clinical experience will allow you to hone your clinical skills, develop your problem-solving techniques and become comfortable with developing your professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.
The NSTP is a paid three-to-four week clinical elective for Army ROTC nurse Cadets. Attendance is voluntary.
This elective is conducted at Army hospitals in the United States, Germany and Korea. You get paid while attending NSTP during the same summer as Advanced Camp, which is usually between the junior and senior year of college.
During the NSTP clinical elective, you will receive “hands on” experience under the direct supervision of an Army Nurse Corps Officer who works with you one-on-one. Regular coaching sessions enhances your progress, while also providing feedback about your performance.
While you follow the same duty schedule as your sponsor, you could receive training in such areas as patient assessment, planning of patient care, nutrition maintenance and feeding techniques, range of motion and mobility, medication administration, emergency procedures, intravenous (IV) therapy, and other special procedures and techniques.
Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program
Learn more about Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program
The intent of this program is to provide Cadets overseas culture and language immersion opportunities through military-to-military (mil-to-mil) engagements and/or humanitarian service projects, as well as visits to historically significant sites and serendipitous culture immersion opportunities. Itineraries in the host country are dependent and vary.
Mil-to-mil engagements involve training with junior leaders and/or Cadets of host country military academies. Humanitarian service projects may involve work at orphanages, hospices or other on-going projects.
The duration of these internships is approximately three weeks, including travel time. Several days of academic, administrative and logistical preparation prepare teams prior to deployments.
Learn more information about the cultural understanding and language proficiency program.