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The Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT) program is comprised of cadet training in Army schools/courses and with active Army units. The CPDT program supplements campus training with practical leader development experiences and some additional skill identifier awarding courses. The CPDT program consists of two sub-programs, Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT) and Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT).The CPDT opportunities promote leader development. Residual effects include improving recruiting, retention, and incentives to deserving cadets. PMSs must prepare, select and send to CPDT only those cadets with the highest potential for completing the CPDT training and commissioning.
Cadets may compete for training opportunities conducted at Active Army Schools. The priority of these training opportunities is to MS IIs (after their MS II year).However, with exceptions, MS Is may also participate.This training is usually conducted during the summer months, but some allocations are available during the winter holidays. Cadets are selected to attend this excellent training based on their overall standing within the program. Since the numbers of allocations are limited, selection for schools is competitive and based on factors including ROTC grades, academic grades, participation in ROTC activities, APFT scores, and advisor recommendations. Cadets should request consideration for attendance at these schools early in the fall quarter/semester by contacting their cadre advisor.
Air Assault School (AA)
Cadets are trained in airmobile operations, including rappelling from helicopters, airmobile tactics and rigging airmobile cargo. This is a two-week course taught at Fort Campbell, KY; U.S. Army Garrison, HI; or Fort Drum, NY.Upon successful completion, the cadet is awarded the Air Assault Badge. This training opportunity is open to cadets who have completed MS II, are Basic Camp graduates, or are Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training graduates.
Airborne School (ABN)
This course is Army paratrooper training conducted for three weeks at Fort Benning, GA. Upon successful completion cadets are awarded the Parachutist Badge. This training opportunity is open to cadets who have completed MS II, are Basic Camp graduates, or are Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training graduates.
Cadet Field Training (CFT)
This is an 8-week program of instruction executed by the United States Military Academy to develop the leadership skills of sophomore cadets. Seven weeks of CFT will be at Camp Buckner, with one week at Fort Knox, KY for Mounted Maneuver Training (MMT).CFT consists of basic skill level training ending with Maneuver Light Training where the cadets train on how to defend and attack an opposing force. Cadets must be contracted and have completed MS II.
Cadet Engineer Internship Program (EIP)
This program allows cadets studying engineering to spend three weeks with a Corps of Engineers or other Department of Defense engineering organization learning what that engineering organization does.
Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT)
Cadet Troop Leadership Training is an optional program for MS III cadets during the summer following completion of LDAC. This three weeks CONUS or 4 weeks OCONUS program trains cadets in lieutenant positions with active Army and Reserve component units. Assignments are available in nearly all branches and with many units worldwide.
Mounted Maneuver Training (MMT)
Immediately following LDAC, cadets will continue on to Fort Knox where they are exposed to the full complement of mounted forces. The training is one-week long.
Northern Warfare Training Course (NW)
This is a three-week course covering tactical operations in a cold weather climate. The course is taught at Fort Greeley, AK and open to cadets who have completed MS II, are Basic Camp graduates, or are Basic Training and Advanced Individual Training graduates.
The Robin Sage exercise provides cadets with an interest in Infantry and/or Special Forces an opportunity to serve as squad members within "G" bands. There are 15 "G" bands consisting of three to four cadets, 15-20 regular Army personnel and one "G" Chief. The "G" band conducts link-up operations with Special Forces Student Operational Detachment Alphas, receives specific training and conduct combat and sustainment operations.Over a three-week period this program provides the cadets with opportunities to learn and grow as potential leaders. Areas to which cadets are exposed: Troop Leading Procedures, Mission Planning (Warning, Patrol and Frag orders), Small Unit Tactic (Raids, Ambushes, Recons), Air Operations (Drop and Landing Zones and Message pick-up), Basic Field Craft (Survival, Expedient Navigation), Demolition, Medical, Communications and Weapons. The location for this exercise is Camp Mackall, North Carolina.
MWT is a two-week program that requires cadets to perform mountaineering tasks in a realistic tactical mountain environment. MWT introduces cadets to the techniques and tactics required to operate in a mountainous environment under hostile conditions. Emphasis is on strenuous field exercises where cadets learn mountain-related skills. This is a challenging course where physical stamina and conditioning are keys to success.
Combat Survival Training (CST).
CST is a 20-day program and affords cadets the opportunity to practice employing the principles, procedures, techniques and equipment that enhance survival and evasion prospects, regardless of hostile or adverse weather conditions. The course objective is to teach the skills that facilitate the return of friendly forces without organized rescue and recovery assistance.
Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC)
CDQC trains cadets to become combat divers using both open-circuit and closed-circuit systems. The course is four-weeks and four-days in length and training is conducted in Key West, FL. To participate in the CDQC (Phase II), cadets must first successfully pass a 10-day Pre-Scuba (Phase I) training program. Cadet Command will conduct the Pre-Scuba training.
Special Forces Assessment and Selection Course (SFAS).
SFAS is physically and mentally demanding. To accomplish physically-related goals set by SFAS, applicants must be in top physical condition upon arrival at Fort Bragg. Soldiers attending the SFAS program will perform physical tasks that will require them to climb obstacles (by use of a rope) 20 to 30 feet high, swim while in uniform, and travel great distances cross-country while carrying a rucksack weighing a minimum of 45 pounds. The SFAS program requires upper and lower body strength and physical endurance to accomplish daily physical-oriented goals on a continuous basis for 24 days.
United Kingdom Officer Training Course (UKOTC).
UKOTC is a two-week program hosted by the British Army at The University of Cambridge and the University of London in England. Cadets are integrated with British cadets and train together as squads and platoons. Training includes weapons firing, adventure training and field training exercises.
Sandhurst Competition (United States Military Academy).
The concept of Sandhurst is for each 9-member team to perform a series of military tasks while moving non-tactically, as rapidly as possible over a partly prescribed route of approximately 9 kms, in less than 3 hours. Scores are determined by the squad's performance on each military task and on the total time required for the squad to negotiate the course and completion of the Commandant's Challenge event. Briefings at task sites are minimal to enable squads to complete the course as quickly as possible.
Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD).
This program is an engineering internship sponsored by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. To qualify for the internship, a cadet must have an academic major in the field of Engineering. Based on the "real world" engineering projects, cadets are assigned for a four-week period.
Army Medical Department Internship Program (AMEDDIP).
The Office of the Army Surgeon General sponsors the program. Cadets are assigned to Medical Department Activities (MEDDAC) and Medical Centers (MEDCEN). To qualify for this internship, the cadet must have a desire to be commissioned to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and be enrolled in an academic major that matches the specific type of internship. The purpose of the AMEDDIP is to offer a cadet insight into the Army Medical Facilities and exposure to leadership in the medical arena. Cadets are assigned to a preceptor and work under their direct supervision and direction. Cadets with an academic major of Nursing are not authorized to apply for this internship because they attend NSTP.
Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)
Cadets with an academic major of Nursing are the only cadets eligible to apply for this program. Nurse cadets must have completed their junior year of nursing school or at least one upper division clinical course. Cadets are assigned to Army Medical Facilities in CONUS, HI and Germany. This program provides cadets with opportunities to develop and practice leadership in a clinical environment. Cadets work side-by-side with an Army Nurse Corps Officer preceptor. Cadets applying for this program must have current Basic Life Support (BLS)/CPR certification to last throughout the entire NSTP rotation. Certification must be for health care provider, preferably American Heart Association. Immunization status must be documented and a copy of the official immunization record sent along with the BLS card.
Army Science Board Internship Program (ASBIP)
The purpose of the ASBIP is to offer cadets research, practical experimental work and leadership experience. Cadets are assigned to a study panel responsible for researching science and technology topics selected annually in the fall. The ASBIP consist of three phases. The first is the Plenary Session held in the spring in Northern Virginia. At this session, the cadets receive an orientation regarding the study goals and they meet the ASB members. Cadets are assigned to an ASB Summer Study panel and work under the supervision and direction of the associated chairperson during the two-week Report Writing Session in Irvine, CA. The Report Writing Session is followed by the Report Presentation Session conducted in Washington, DC. Cadets assist in the finalization and presentation of the panel reports to the Secretary of the Army.
Central Identification Laboratory Internship Program (CILIP)
The CILIP consists of an internship that places cadets with a team of active duty forensic specialist involved in identifying and determining the cause of death on human remains brought to the lab from Vietnam. To qualify for this internship, cadets must have an academic major in any of the following areas, anthropology, forensic science, chemistry, biology, or archeology. This internship is located on Hickam Air Force Base, HI.
Cadet Internship Program (CIP)
The CIP program consists of internships with HQDA staff agencies. To qualify for this internship, the cadet must have an academic major in staff areas listed below. There are 25 positions located in the Pentagon at Arlington, VA.Financial Management Business Management Public Affairs (Communications) Public Affairs (Media Relations) Public Affairs (Community Relations & Outreach) Logistics Human Resource Management Pre-Law Historical Preservation Conservation Computer Science Defense Information Systems Agency Internship Program (DISAIP)
The DISAIP consists of internships requiring cadets to complete "real world" projects in computer science (database), computer science (engineering-security) and computer science (systems engineering).
Health Facilities Planning Agency Internship Program (HFPAIP)
The HFPAIP provides the cadet with experience in intensive project management of the medical/research aspects of various medical and research projects throughout the world. This internship requires the cadet to analyze health-care facility requirements in relationship to the AMEDD Health Facility Life Cycle Management process to determine the most economical facility solution. The cadet coordinates with Medical/Dental Treatment, Veterinary, or Research Facilities, US Army Corps of Engineers, Army Directorate of Public Works, Architect or Engineering Firms and other activities and contractors to ensure the facility will meet required standards and objectives. Cadets selected for this internship must be enrolled in an engineering academic major and submit an application packet to CC, DOLD. The location for this internship is Falls Church, VA.
National Ground Intelligence Center Internship Program (NGICIP)
This internship is sponsored by the National Ground Intelligence Center. Internships are in the field of automation and linguistics. The automation internship consists of the cadet perform in a variety of duties to support NGIC personnel in the day-to-day use of ADP resources, equipment and software accounting to resolve problems encountered in the use of ADP equipment and software, internet access, and in systems administration duties on multiple platforms. The language internships consist of Arabic and Chinese translation and interpretation. The internship positions are located in Charlottesville, VA.
John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Internship Program (JFKSWIP)
To qualify for this internship, the cadet must have an interest in Infantry and/or Special Forces duty and be selected by their PMS. Cadets play the role of guerrillas and act as insurgent members of a growing resistance force. This program provides cadets with opportunities to learn and grow as potential leaders. Cadets are exposed to: Troop Leading Procedures, Mission Planning (Warning, Patrol and Frag orders), Small Unit Tactics (Raids, Ambushes, Recons), Air Operations (Drop and Landing Zones and Message pick-up), Basic Fieldcraft (Survival, Expedient Navigation), Demolitions, Medical, Communications and Weapons. Cadets are rotated through leadership roles within the band. The location for this internship is Camp Mackall, NC.
The Olmsted Foundation Cadet Overseas Travel and Cultural Immersion Program (OFCOT)
The George and Carol Olmsted Foundation will fund a Cadet Overseas Travel and Cultural Immersion Program. The general purpose of this program is to broadly educate future career military officers who exhibit extraordinary potential to becoming the country’s future military leaders. The Olmsted Program will provide these cadets the opportunity to visit any country where English is not the primary language. The program will consist of a combination of formal conferences, briefings, visits to foreign military academies, work on research projects, participation in educational tours, etc. This new program anticipates the future requirements of officership: leading a diverse Army with diverse missions and increasingly complex technologies that will require better-educated and culturally sensitive officers. Thus the Olmsted Foundation’s support of overseas travel for cadets, both in the short term and well into the future, will ensure the quality, depth and breadth of the program and its relevance to the Army’s strategic vision.
The Leaders Training Course
The mission of the Leaders Training Course is to qualify and motivate prospective cadets (who do not otherwise qualify for lateral entry) to enroll (contract) in the Advanced Course. It also provides the opportunity for selected high school graduates to qualify for entry into the Advanced Course if they attend a military junior college (MJC) and intend to contract in the Early Commissioning Program (ECP).Cadet Command publishes an annual policy describing the specifics of the course each year.
The Leader Development and Assessment Course
The mission of the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) is to train cadets to Army standards, develop leadership, and evaluate officer potential. LDAC is the most significant training and evaluation event in ROTC. Training is complex, challenging, and rigorous and is conducted in a stressful training environment.LDAC supplements on-campus instruction and training and provides practical experiences and opportunities for cadets to develop and demonstrate their leadership potential. Cadets generally attend LDAC at the conclusion of their MSLIII year. LDAC attendance may be deferred to the end of the MSLIV year with the approval of the Brigade Commander.LDAC is a precommissioning requirement.
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