Leader's Training Course – "LTC"
Cadets take part in the Leader's Training Course when they enter Army ROTC with 2-3 years of college left. It is a 28-day course held each summer at Fort Knox, KY. All expenses are paid and students even earn pay while there. This course allows Cadets to "catch up" to those who completed the Basic Course. The course has four phases. The first phase introduces Cadets to the Army and prepares them for the next three phases consisting of team building, leadership development and Field Training Exercises. This is a great option for entering graduate students or anyone that would complete LTC followed by 2 years at ISU, Drake or Grand View College. 2-year scholarships are usually offered to cadets that contract after completing LTC, if they meet all other contracting requirements to include a minimum 2.5 GPA.
Leader Development & Assessment Course – "LDAC"
Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters the Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course. It's a four-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington.
These courses are offered to cadets on a voluntary and limited basis. Unlike LTC and LDAC which are specifically for ROTC cadets, these are regular US Army courses and cadets attend right along side current Army soldiers and officers. The courses are designed to challenge your mental and physical endurance and toughness. If you think you have what it takes, I highly encourage you to compete for a chance to attend these courses.
AIRBORNE TRAINING: Limited quotas for volunteer airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, are available to cadets who qualify. Applicants must have passed the airborne physical examination and attained the appropriate score on the Army Physical Fitness Test. Successful completion of this training entitles the cadet to wear the Army Airborne Badge. The three weeks of training are divided into ground, tower, and jump week.
AIR ASSAULT TRAINING: Successful completion of this course allows the cadet to wear the coveted Air Assault Badge. Requirements for selection are the same as for Airborne training. This 11-day school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, and instill the Air Assault spirit. During the course, cadets face such challenges as an intense obstacle course, physical training, rappelling, troop ladder, rigging and sling loading, road marches, and evaluations. Highlights of Air Assault include a 12-mile Ruck March and rappelling from a Blackhawk helicopter. The cadet may attend the Air Assault course at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii or Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
NORTHERN WARFARE TRAINING COURSE (NWTC): Highly motivated and physically qualified cadets may apply for NWTC. The three-week training period is designed to familiarize the cadet with winter operations, to include a River Phase and a Glacier Phase. The rivers, mountains, and ice fields of Alaska provide a physical and mental challenge as well as tactical experiences in a mountainous region.
MOUNTAIN WARFARE TRAINING: Mountain Warfare School takes place on the slopes of Vermont's Green Mountains. "Tough" is a good way of describing the winter phase of the Mountain Warfare School. In a two week period, soldiers learn to ski and snowshoe. They patrol through waist-deep snow, using altimeter barometers instead of compasses. They climb 30-feet walls of solid ice, perform crevasse rescues and learn survival skills.
The summer phase is equally as challenging. Soldiers learn basic knot-tying skills that will eventually prepare them for more advanced rope systems to include a 3-to-1 Pulley System and Casualty-Evacuation System. Soldiers will also take away insights about waging warfare on mountainous terrain.
CADET TROOP LEADER TRAINING (CTLT): Limited CTLT allocations are available annually to cadets who wish to volunteer to participate in CTLT. The CTLT program allows selected cadets to be attached to active duty or Army Reserve and National Guard units and serve in a leadership position. The program is approximately three weeks in duration, and is available only to third-year cadets during the same year they attend LDAC. Cadets who attend CTLT are paid at the same rate as for LDAC. Overseas CTLT tours are usually four weeks. Upon completion of this assignment, cadets receive a performance evaluation by an officer in the assigned unit. This evaluation is used by the Professor of Military Science (PMS) when providing further counseling and leadership training.