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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 Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) or operation WARRIOR FORGE is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet. The 32-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. LDAC 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.

LDAC 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 LDAC 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.



Army ROTC Nurse 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.

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