Leader Development Assessment Course (LDAC)
The Leader Development and Assessment Course--known as LDAC or Warrior Forge--is ROTC's capstone training and assessment exercise, required for all cadets who hope to one day be Army lieutenants. Each summer, rising Seniors attend LDAC, formerly known as "Advanced Camp", at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington. The 29-day course incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability, such as land navigation, water confidence, basic rifle marksmanship, and situational tactical exercises (STX). The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. LDAC tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations. Every year, Go Gold cadets excel in LDAC evaluations, and these evaluations go on to help rank all cadets in a national Order of Merit List (OML). The OML is used to determine what branches cadets will commission into as 2nd Lieutenants.