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Airborne School

The United States Army Airborne School - widely known as Jump School - conducts the basic paratrooper (military parachutist) training for the United States armed forces. It is operated by the 1st Battalion (Airborne), 507th Infantry, United States Army Infantry School, Fort Benning, Georgia. The Airborne School conducts the Basic Airborne Course, which is open to soldiers of both genders from all branches of the United States Department of Defense and allied military personnel.

The purpose of the Basic Airborne Course is to qualify the volunteer (all students volunteer for this school) 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.

The course is three weeks long and consists of "Ground Week", "Tower Week" and "Jump Week". Rigorous physical training (PT) is emphasized throughout the entire course. The initial entry PT test consists of the standard Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). All age groups must pass this test using the 17—21 age group standards.

Air Assault School

Air Assault School qualifies Soldiers to conduct airmobile and air assault helicopter operations. Aircraft orientation, slingload operations, proper rappelling techniques and fast-rope techniques. The school itself is 10 training days and requires a 12-mile march with rucksack in order to graduate.

The school is located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, (home of the 101st Airborne Division). Instructors at the course are referred to as Air Assault Sergeants. It is open to both males and females. The school is composed of learning helicopter insertion techniques, rigorous training, and tedious packing lists; one missing item could cause the student to fail the school immediately.

Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)

Cadets with an Academic Major of Nursing are the only Cadets eligible to apply for this program. Cadets are assigned to Army Medical Facilities both in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS) including Europe . NSTP provides nursing Cadets with opportunities to develop and practice leadership in a clinical environment. Cadets work side-by-side with an Army Nurse Corps Officer preceptor. To qualify, Cadets must submit an application packet through their Brigade Nurse counselor to the Cadet Command Chief Nurse.

Cadets applying for this program must be certified in Basic Cardiac Life Support (BCLS- Provider level) and certification may not expire prior to the completion of NSTP training.

Mountain Warfare

A two-week program conducted at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, VT. The course teaches cadets the skills needed to operate in a mountainous environment during the summer and fall. Mountain Warfare introduces you to the techniques and tactics required to operate in a mountainous environment under hostile conditions. The emphasis is on field exercises where you learn mountain- related skills. The instruction includes advanced navigational training, special mobility training (with special operations forces mountaineering equipment), and mountain tactical instruction.

Robin Sage

Robin Sage is a summer Special Forces training program conducted at the U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center at Ft. Bragg, N.C. Its purpose is a culminating training exercise for soldiers undergoing Special Forces training. ROTC Cadets act as insurgent members of a growing resistance force in the fictional country of Pineland. They will be assigned to one of 15 "G" bands consisting of 3-4 Cadets, approximately 15-20 other regular Army soldiers, and 1 "G" chief.

Cadet Troop Lead Training

The Cadet Professional Development Program (CPDT) provides Cadets with summer training opportunities during the MSL II and MSL III summer months and winter and spring breaks. CPDT is further broken into four sections. Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT) and Cadet Leader Training ( CLT). The Cadet Leader Training consists of Cadet Troop Lead Training (CTLT), Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT), Internships and the Cultural Language Program (CULP).

Cadet Leader Training (CLT) is a two track program: Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) and Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT).

The Cadet Troop Leader Training track provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active duty units. Platoon Leader positions have a 3-4 week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located in both the United States and foreign countries. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a Dining Facility. This program is exclusively designed for MSIII Cadets before and after completion of LDAC.

Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT). The 4-week DCLT program provides Cadets with the opportunity to serve in a platoon leader or executive officer position in Initial Military Training (IMT) companies and to work closely with Drill Sergeants and other cadre. Position lengths vary in duration depending on the host unit and location. Cadets have the opportunity to apply leadership skills, interact with highly skilled and experienced Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) and drill sergeants, and improve common task skill proficiency in an Army training environment.

Cadets must attend a Staff Cadre Training Course (SCTC) prior to training in IMT units.This program is exclusively designed for MSIII Cadets.

The Internship track offers a myriad of opportunities for Cadets who seek additional training in specialized areas such as scientific application, engineering, nursing, medicine, intelligence, cultural awareness, and language proficiency. The internship types, locations, and allocations change significantly from year to year. Cadet Command is significantly increasing overseas opportunities focused on cultural awareness and language proficiency. These programs are meant primarily for MSII and MSIII Cadets. Select the Internship link to see more information on each program. In some cases an MSI Cadet can request an exception to this policy.

Culture and Language Awareness Program. The Department of the Army is currently developing a comprehensive strategy to define, assess, and train culture and language proficiency skills. Part of this strategy is expected to address how Cadet Command increases Cadet language learning exposure. Cultural awareness training is already incorporated into our curriculum at LDAC, and now in many overseas cultural immersion internship opportunities. Participating Cadets develop cultural awareness skills and appreciation of cultural differences and recognize potential impact on assigned missions.

All training that is equal to or greater than 28 days total in length qualifies a Cadet to receive the annually adjusted Cadet pay stipend. The average Cadet Pay rate is $30.97 per day of training.