Where else can you GET PAID to learn how to parachute from airplanes, rappel from helicopters, navigate rushing mountain rivers AND scale 30-foot glacier walls?
“Hey man, guess what I learned how to do this summer?” Sure, you can spend your summer working at a car wash back home, or you can spend it at one of the Army’s elite training schools! Interested? Check out the training schools open to qualified Army ROTC students. And, get ready for the challenge – and thrill – of a lifetime!
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 APFT. 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. Ground week concentrates on building individual skills, such as, the parachute landing falls. Jump week consists of 5 successful jumps.
Air Assault Training
Successful completion of this course allows the cadet to wear the Air Assault Badge. Requirements for selection are the same as for Airborne training. This 10-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 obstacle course, physical training, rappelling, troop ladder, rigging and sling leading, road marches, and evaluations. The cadet can attend the Air Assault course at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, or Fort Campbell, Kentucky. For more information, see
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 is on the slopes of Vermont’s Green Mountains. “Tough” is a good way of describing the winter phase of the Mountain Warfare School. In two weeks, 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. For more information, see
Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)
Limited Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) allocations are available annually to cadets who wish to volunteer to participate. The CTLT program allows selected cadets to be attached to active duty or reserve component units (on annual training) and serve in a leadership position. The program is approximately three weeks in duration, and is available only to MS III cadets who attend NALC in the same year. Cadets who attend CTLT are paid at the same rate as for NALC. 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 PMS when providing further counseling and leadership training.