The following schools are available for cadets to participate in fun, challenging, and exciting training. With Army ROTC, you can experience the thrill of jumping out of a plane or helicopter, learning how to climb mountains and survive under the most grueling conditions, or leading soldiers all around the world.
The US Army Airborne School, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, is available to cadets that are enrolled in the program. The course is three weeks long, consisiting of a ground week, tower week, and jump week. With each week comes a different type of training designed to teach you how to parachute out of airplanes and helicopters. "Jump School" can be the first step in the journey of a lifetime. Whether running through Fort Benning at daybreak or parachuting from a C-141, Airborne School will be an experience you will never forget. Once you've successfully completed your fifth jump, you earn the coveted silver wings of an airborne soldier.
"The idea of leaving an aircraft with nothing between a man and his death but a piece of string has left no one unmoved...except those who don't jump."
- Sir Bernard Fall
Air Assault training is available at different Army posts across the country. Your adventure begins with Zero Day: an obstacle course designed to exhaust even the most physically fit, followed by a brisk run of two miles in the summer sun. Then the real fun begins. Over the next two weeks, you learn to establish helicopter landing zones, execute a night air assault mission, rig and sling load helicopters for cargo missions, and rappel from a UH-60 Blackhawk hovering 100 feet above the ground. Cap it off with a three-hour, twelve mile road march and you'll understand why the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division walk with a distinctive swagger of confidence. They've earned it, and so can you.
This school is not for the faint of heart. Mountain Warfare is a two-week school taught at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. The course covers rappelling, rock climbing, mountain survival, land navigation, first aid, and knots. Both a summer and a winter phase are offered. Its mission is to develop and conduct resident mountain warfare training under both summer and winter conditions. The mountain warfare course develops the leadership and technical skills of Army personnel by requiring them to perform mountaineering tasks in a realisitic tactical mountain environment. It provides the student with the practical hands-on experience in the application of tactics and techniques needed for mountain operations.
Whoever said that you were too old to play in the snow? Northern Warfare School, located in the rugged mountains near Fort Greeley, Alaska, is the stuff that dreams are made of. In the Army's most challenging winter mountaineering course, you climb some of America's toughest highlands, cross sheets of prehistoric glacial ice, and hone your swimming skills during cold weather waterborne operations. The best part of it all? You can do it during the summer, too!
CTLT increases each cadet's leadership experience. Each cadet is assigned to a platoon leader position and given an opportunity to lead soldiers in a regular Army unit. It familiarizes cadets with the command, training, administration, and logistical functions of active duty units. It also exposes cadets to the on-duty and off-duty environment of the junior officer.