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Cadet Initial Entry Training

What is Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET)?
saluteCIET is an intensive 4-week training experience for college students who want to become Army Officers. You’ll learn about tactics, map reading, first aid, rappelling, rifle marksmanship, and a variety of other military skills. CIET will enhance your leadership, communication, and problem solving skills. Students who complete CIET will be eligible to enroll in the Army ROTC Advanced Course at the University of Toledo in the fall semester.

What are the qualifications for Cadet Initial Entry Training?
The requirements for CIET include: U.S. citizenship, age between 17- 27, medical and physical fitness, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and 2 full years of college remaining next fall. You must also demonstrate the potential and desire to become an Army Officer. Students who have prior military service or who have completed the first 2 years of Army ROTC will normally not attend.

Who Attends Cadet Initial Entry Training?
College students, like yourself and students from other universities nationwide. Typically students who will be entering their junior year in the fall attend CIET. All academic majors are eligible to attend CIET while preparing for the Army ROTC Advanced Course next fall.

Where and when Cadet Initial Entry Training Conducted?
CIET takes place at Fort Knox, Kentucky (south of Louisville). There are usually seven iterations each summer, each lasting 4-weeks, beginning in June. You can choose the course date which is best for you.

What does it cost me to attend Cadet Initial Entry Training?
Virtually nothing. Army ROTC will provide lodging, meals, uniforms, equipment, and travel. It is recommended that students bring $50-$75 for incidental expenses.

Do I get paid for attending Cadet Initial Entry Training?
Yes, for the 4-weeks at CIET, you will receive about $1000, before taxes. You will actually be paid to learn!

Are there scholarship opportunities?
Yes, qualified students who complete CIET will be considered for a 2-year Army ROTC scholarship. These scholarships pay 100% tuition, a generous book allowance, and a monthly stipend. You are also eligible to join the Army Reserve or National Guard with no requirement to complete Basic Training. You can collect additional financial benefits from these organizations.

How do I prepare for Cadet Initial Entry Training?
If you decide to attend CIET, you’ll need to begin preparing soon. Our staff will assist you with everything including administrative paperwork, a medical exam, travel reservations, and working with an Army ROTC instructor to ensure that you are properly oriented before leaving for CIET.

When do I have to decide if I want to go to Cadet Initial Entry Training?
The earlier you decide, the better your chances are of getting the program cycle of your choice, so that CIET will fit neatly into your plans for the summer. If you need to take classes, work, or even an extended vacation, CIET can fit into your summer plans.

Can I attend Cadet Initial Entry Training as a Graduate Level Student?
Yes, you can attend CIET with a Graduate or Undergraduate Degree program. In fact, there are many other Graduate Level students that attend CIET each summer.

How can I find out more about Cadet Initial Entry Training?
You can call Army ROTC at (419) 530-4696 or e-mail us at

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Cadet Leaders Course (CLC)

CLC puts each Cadet through 28 days of intense individual, squad and platoon-level training to assess leadership potential. Cadets are measured under a variety of leadership criteria such as: physical stamina, technical competence, delegation, decisiveness, and problem analysis. Instruction and evaluation at CLC is progressive, building on individual skills like the Army Physical Fitness Test, basic rifle marksmanship, land navigation, and Individual Tactical Training.

CLC also allows Cadets to meet other students from across the country and work with them as a team. This is one of their greatest challenges at CLC and also one of its best facets. By consolidating CLC into one nationwide event in 1997, Cadet Command has been able to ensure standardized training and evaluation for all ROTC Cadets.

CLC training committees employ active-duty Soldiers, Army Reserve, and National Guard units from across the country to instruct Cadets in such skills as automatic weapons operation, calling for fire using field artillery assets, and small unit tactics.

Cadets face squad and platoon level situational training exercises which involve carefully evaluated missions, such as conducting an ambush, reacting to sniper fire, or performing a reconnaissance patrol.

Throughout CLC, leadership positions are constantly rotated as each Cadet is monitored closely by committee members. Cadet Command staff, who conduct most of the training and evaluations, are Officers and senior NCOs who teach military science subjects on college campuses, nationwide. Once the Cadets finish CLC, many may choose to attend Airborne or Air Assault School or go to a Cadet Troop Leadership Training assignments to gain additional experience.

Last Updated: 10/12/17