CADET Leader training

The Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT) program offers Cadets approximately 4,000 training opportunities annually. CPDT consists of six general categories of leadership experiences designed to further develop Cadets, provide them with an introduction to the "real" Army and in some cases provide them with functional skill qualifications.

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)

The Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) track 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 a three to four-week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located CONUS and OCONUS. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a Dining Facility. This program is exclusively designed for MS III Cadets before and after completion of Advanced Camp.


MSL III cadets only. There is no application for CTLT Platoon Leader positions. Cadets must contact their professor of military science or training officer at the beginning of their junior year to coordinate a CTLT Platoon Leader position for the summer following their junior year. Once assigned, cadets must sign a CTLT Acceptance Statement and carry it to Advanced Camp.

Opposing Forces (OPFOR) Program

Approximately 288 MSII Cadets participate in this program that provides an in-depth tactical experience for Basic Camp Cadets. The Advance Camp (AC) OPFOR program is approximately 30-days in length and allows Cadets to test their leadership abilities at the fire team and squad levels from troop leading procedures to tactical operations against AC squads and platoons.

Basic Camp (BC) MSIII Leader Trainer

Approximately 144 MS III Cadets serve as BC trainers for MS II squad leaders and provide them formal and informal developmental feedback. The Leader Trainer, working closely with BC cadre, is given the authority and responsibility of assisting in the training of BC Cadets.

Cadet Advanced Individual Training (CAIT)

Approximately 1,460 Cadets participate in CAIT, which allows them to attend functional US Army (skill badges/Additional Skill Identifier) courses. These courses include: Airborne, Air Assault, Basic Mountaineering, Mountain Planner, Sapper, Combat Diver, Master Fitness, Jungle Operations and Cold Weather Operations Course, and the United States Military Academy (USMA) Cadet Field Training (CFT).

Cadet Internships

Internships offer 400 opportunities for Cadets who seek additional training in specialized areas such as scientific application, engineering, nursing, medicine, intelligence, and cyber applications based on hosting organizations requests. Examples of available internships include the US Army Corps of Engineers (EIP), MIT Lincoln Lab Internship (MITLL), Museum Internship Program (MIP), the National Security Agency (NSA), Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), and Army Medical Department (AMEDD) as well as opportunities at West Point and the FBI.

Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)

Nursing students who are also Army ROTC Cadets have an opportunity for a unique summer nursing experience in conjunction with their Advance Camp. The paid, four-week NSTP assigns approximately 200 Cadets to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and Germany. The nursing program introduces Cadets 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, Cadets obtain hands-on experience. Training opportunities include one-on-one clinical experience which enables Cadets to hone their clinical skills, develop problem-solving techniques and become comfortable with developing professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.

CADET summer training

Basic Camp

Basic Camp is a 32-day training event designed to introduce Cadets to the Army. The objective is to develop Cadet leadership skills and train them on individual and junior leader tasks to develop and reinforce Warrior Ethos and our Army Values. Basic Camp provides the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in ROTC, and, ultimately, the Army.

Basic Camp's primary target audience is the Lateral Entry Cadet and the freshman Cadet. Lateral Entry Cadets typically decide to join ROTC in their sophomore year of college, thus require Basic Camp to learn what normal-progression Cadets have learned in their first two years of military science classes.

Advanced Camp

Advanced Camp is a 35-day training event designed to develop a cadet's critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to forge them into tough, adaptable leaders who can thrive in ambiguous and complex environments. Cadets are evaluated on their ability to lead at the Squad and Platoon levels, both in garrison and tactical environments. Cadets are mentally and physically tested during a 12-day consequence driven field training exercise that replicates a combat training center rotation. Successful completion of the Advanced Camp is a prerequisite for commissioning.

The mission of Advanced Camp is to assess a Cadet's potential to serve as a commissioned officer. It is the most significant training and evaluation event in ROTC and is conducted during the summer between the Cadet’s junior and senior year of college.

Leadership Lab

All Cadets participate in weekly Leadership Lab as part of their 3 credit hour class. Leadership Lab provides the opportunity for “hands-on” training and skill development. All leadership labs are led by upper-class Cadets as part of their leadership development experience. Leadership labs are usually held on Thursday between 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m.