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The Basic Airborne Course is conducted at Fort Benning, Ga., and is a three-week course encompassing all aspects of entering a combat zone by parachute. The first week is Ground Week and consists of rigorous physical training and instruction designed to prepare the student to make a parachute jump and land safely. The second week is Tower Week, and training consists of perfecting individual skills and stressing 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, including one night jump and two jumps in full combat gear. Upon completion of the fifth jump, you will receive the Basic Parachutist Qualification Badge and become a member of the elite AIRBORNE community. If you desire to attend the Basic Airborne Course, you must be in top physical condition and have completed The Citadel's rigorous training selection program.


Air Assault School is a 10-day course conducted at several locations to include Fort Campbell, Ky., Fort Rucker, Ala., and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Students are instructed on all aspects of using helicopters to enter combat. Training includes an obstacle course, rappelling from towers and hovering helicopters, rigging equipment for sling loading, landing and pick-up zone operations. Training culminates in a 12-mile road march completed in less than three hours while wearing full combat gear. Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive the Air Assault Badge. If you desire to attend Air Assault School, you must be in top physical condition and have completed The Citadel's rigorous training selection program.


The Mountain Warfare School is a two-week course conducted by the Vermont Army National Guard at Ethan Allen Firing Range, in Jericho, Vt. There are summer and winter phases offered. The course is designed to develop the leadership and technical skills needed by Army personnel to perform mountaineering tasks in a realistic mountain environment. It provides students with the practical, hands-on experience in the application of tactics and techniques effective for mountain operations. Because of the extremely limited number of slots to this training, cadets can only earn a chance to attend this school through outstanding performance in the program, have completed The Citadel's rigorous training selection program and have demonstrated a desire to pursue a military career in which you would utilize these special skills.


The ROTC Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) is a 29-day training event incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. CLC tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations.

Cadet Leadership Course places each cadet in a variety of leadership positions, many of which simulate stressful combat situations. In each position, cadets will receive evaluations from platoon tactical and counseling (TAC) officers and noncommissioned officers. In addition to proving their leadership ability, cadets and officer candidates must meet established standards in physical fitness, weapons training, communication, combat patrols and demonstrate their proficiency in many other military skills. Cadets must excel at CLC to be considered competitive for a commission as an Army officer.


Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) offers MS III cadets the opportunity to perform the duties of a Second Lieutenant for up to one month with an active duty unit. Actual duties performed will vary by branch and unit but will be those duties expected of a Second Lieutenant in that unit, and cadets will serve as platoon leaders in the unit they are assigned. Cadets desiring to attend CTLT must be in top physical condition and present a good military appearance. CTLT is open only to MS III cadets who have graduated from LDAC. Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP) cadets may not participate in CTLT; however, they may attend annual training with their National Guard / Reserve unit provided it does not conflict with LDAC.


WHINSEC brings ROTC cadets into the Cadet Leadership Development Course alongside partner nation cadets for a unique and cost-effective language and cultural immersion experience. The course serves as a learning laboratory to immerse U.S. cadets in the Spanish language, while they live and work with cadets from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and many other Spanish-speaking countries that send cadets to WHINSEC. Instructors from various hemispheric countries teach and share their extensive experience with them, speaking only Spanish. 


5th SFG at Ft. Campbell, KY or USAJFKSWC at Ft. Bragg, NC and Key West, FL.

Four-week course  designed to instruct personnel for waterborne operations, emphasizing long-range underwater navigation, deep dives, medical risks and precautions of diving, surface/substance operations, and a Water Infiltration Course. Course requires high demand physical endurance and cardiovascular fitness. The first two weeks focus on fitness and ability to undergo a series of tests and evaluations to include a "Harassment Dive." The second two weeks focus on longer dives, subsurface orienteering, classroom instruction (marine hazards, dive tables, oceanic environments, etc), followed by an end of course test.


The Sapper Leader Course is a 28-day course designed to train joint-service leaders in small unit tactics, leadership skills, and tactics required to perform as part of a combined arms team. The course is  open to enlisted soldiers in the grades of E-4 (P) (in the Army, specialist on the list for promotion to sergeant, E-5) and above, cadets, and officers O-3 (Army, captain) and below. Students can come from any combat or combat support branch of the service, but priority is given to engineering, cavalry, and infantry soldiers.


Cadets travel in small groups led by senior leader cadre. Trips typically incorporate approximately 20 Cadets and a cadre member traveling in conjunction with a civilian agency or non-governmental agency. The trips last approximately one month, which encompasses the deployment as well as a five-day Soldier readiness process.  GPA, physical fitness, an essay, and other pertinent selection criteria are utilized when awarding CULP slots. Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including humanitarian service, host nation military-to-military contact, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. Immersion into foreign cultures exposes Cadets to the realities that other countries have vastly different lifestyles, economic standing and world perspective.


Robin Sage is a summer Special Forces training program conducted at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Its purpose is a culminating training exercise for soldiers undergoing Special Forces training. ROTC Cadets act as insurgent members of a growing resistance force in the fictional country of Pineland. They will be assigned to one of 15 "G" bands consisting of 3-4 Cadets, approximately 15-20 other regular Army soldiers, and 1 "G" chief.


This is a two-week course which emphasizes mobility in mountainous terrain, on glaciers, and inland waterways. The Northern Warfare Training Center (NWTC) is located at Fort Greeley, AK. Course work is in three categories: general subjects such as first aid, geography, and climatology, military mountaineering, and inland waterway navigation. Cadets desiring to attend the BMC must be contracted, have successfully completed the Army Physical Fitness Test in the 17-21 year category and the combat water survival test within 30 days of the course start date. You must be in excellent physical shape and have completed the Citadel's rigorous training selection program to attend the course.

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