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Summer Training Opportunities

Unique Opportunities for Summer Training

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Airborne School

Airborne School

Becoming a paratrooper at Airborne School is a unique experience requiring special dedication and a desire to be challenged mentally and physically. This three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Course (BAC), teaches Soldiers the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. The final test includes a non-assisted jump.

The purpose of the BAC is to qualify the volunteer in the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment and to develop leadership, self-confidence and an aggressive spirit through mental and physical conditioning.

Airborne Soldiers have a long and distinguished tradition of being an elite body of fighting men and women - people who have always set the example for determination and courage. When you volunteer for this training, you accept the challenge of continuing this tradition. The BAC is held in Fort Benning, Ga.

Cadets rappelling from a helicopter Photo by UH Manoa
Air Assault Training

Air Assault

The U.S. Army Air Assault School is a 10-day course designed to prepare Soldiers for insertion, evacuation and pathfinder missions that call for the use of multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters. Air Assault focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures, skills that involve intense concentration and a commitment to safety and preparation.

Most Air Assault Cadets will the Sabalauski Air Assault School located in Fort Campbell, Ky. Training is broken into three phases each lasting three days: Combat Assault Phase, Sling Load Phase, and Rappel Phase. On graduation day, Cadets will undergo a 12- mile ruck march. When they complete the march, they will earn their wings as official Air Assault Soldiers.

Air Assault School is necessarily physically and mentally demanding, as Soldiers will be required to handle heavy equipment and perform dangerous tasks under extremely stressful conditions. Successful candidates must posses a keen eye for detail and a dedication to meticulous preparation.

Cadets riding on camels
CULP Mission

Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program (CULP)

For Army ROTC Cadets, the world is their classroom. Every year hundreds of Cadets travel the globe, spending up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how others around the world view the U.S. and, in the process, learning more about themselves.

The Army recognizes the need for young leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills. Now more than ever, cultural awareness training is a vital component to the ROTC curriculum. Overseas immersions help educate future leaders in ways the classroom cannot.

Cadets now have the opportunity to compete for immersion in more than 20 countries. These opportunities expose them to everyday life in different cultures and intensifies language study, which helps produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21st Century.

Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including host nation military-to-military exchange, humanitarian service, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. CU&LP deploys teams of SROTC Cadets (May thru August) to develop culturally astute future leaders, strengthen strategic relationships, and support theater security cooperation objectives.

Cadets posing with students from China
Project GO

Project GO

Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers. Sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education, Project GO provides institutional grants to U.S. institutions of higher education with large ROTC student enrollments, to include Senior Military Colleges. In turn, these institutions provide language and culture training to ROTC students from across the nation, funding domestic and overseas ROTC language programs and scholarships. Working in support of the Army, Air Force and Navy ROTC Headquarters, Project GO facilitates collaborative efforts both among universities and ROTC leadership.

Since 2007, Project GO institutions have provided over 4,500 domestic and overseas summer scholarships to ROTC students for critical language study. Project GO has strengthened university infrastructure in the critical languages and created venues for communication among ROTC leadership and university personnel.

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) Internships provide MSL III Cadets with an opportunity to exercise specialized language, technical or research skills. Internships range from three to eight weeks long. Cadets receive an Officer Evaluation Report upon completing the internship.

Cadets who wish to participate in any internship must meet application requirements, submit an application packet and receive approval. Only Cadets approved by their professor of military science and meeting all application requirements at the time of application will be considered for internships. Internship applications are specialized to each program offered. Timelines for submission may very for some internships.