Each year, over 800 special training opportunities are extended to cadets through the Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT) program. The CPDT program supplements campus training with practical leader development experiences and some additional skill identifier awarding courses. Cadets train in Army schools and with Active and Reserve units. CPDT consists of two subprograms, Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) and Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT). In a typical year, about half our commissionees will have had at least one of these experiences.
Cadet Advanced Camp (formerly CLC)
Advanced Camp is a 37-day development and assessment course typically done during the summer of a cadet’s junior year in Fort Knox, KY. Here cadets are assessed on their Land Navigation, First Aid, and combat tactics in a simulated training environment. This training is mandatory of all cadets before they commission.
Cadet Basic Camp (formerly CIET)
Location: Fort Knox, Kentucky
You may attend this course if you:
* Have not taken Military Science I and II
- Are medically qualified to attend
- Are transferring from a school that did not offer ROTC
- Are a junior or community college graduate entering an ROTC school and have no prior active or Reserve Component military service
- Are a graduate student starting a two-year program
- Are a high school graduate entering a military junior college
Students with prior military service, may be given credit for Basic Course completion and would not be required to attend.
Cadet Basic Camp is attended during the summer between your sophomore and junior years of college for five weeks at Fort Knox (Louisville), Kentucky. The purpose of the Leader’s Training Course is to provide instruction in the basic leadership and technical skills that will prepare you for your junior and senior years of ROTC. During this camp you have the opportunity to compete for available two-year or Guaranteed Reserve Forces scholarships. All travel expenses are paid and you are paid while attending camp.
Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)
CTLT provides select Advanced Camp graduates the opportunity to increase their leadership experience by assignments to platoon leader or like positions with Active Army units or with government agencies for three weeks (CONUS) to four weeks (OCONUS). You may also find yourself anywhere in the country, or overseas, involved in the Cadet Troop Leadership Training Program. This internship program places you in actual Army units acting as a real Lieutenant. This two or three-week challenge is a definite learning experience, allowing you to gain a perspective on what you will be facing as future officer. Generally, you are placed in a platoon leader position, leading 30+ soldiers and responsible for millions of dollars of equipment. You receive a rate of pay and allowance similar to that at NALC, you stay at the Bachelor Officer Quarters on that specific base, you train and lead soldiers, and receive an OER upon completion of the program. If you are assigned to a unit on jump status, and you are already airborne qualified, you may participate in unit jumps on a permissive basis if approved in advance. CTLT is the best way to familiarize yourself with a branch before having to choose your branch preferences during the accessions process at the beginning of the MS IV year.
Drill Cadet Leader Training (DCLT)
Training is conducted in Basic Training and One Station Unit Training (OSUT) for four weeks. Cadets work closely with Drill Sergeants as they train soldiers in basic skills. The cadets leave with an NCOER.