Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) is a program offered to ROTC cadets after completion of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). CTLT is designed to teach cadets about life as an officer in the regular Army. Cadets are assigned to active-duty Army units as platoon leaders and execute the responsibilities of Second Lieutenants.
Cadets usually spend three weeks at CTLT if they are assigned to a unit in the United States or four weeks if they are assigned to a unit overseas. They interact with officers and non-commissioned officers (NCOs) and participate in the everyday operations of the unit to which they are assigned. This unique program offers cadets a chance to experience what it will be like when they are commissioned as Second Lieutenants.
Air Assault School is at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. The Air Assault Course is an intense, 10-14-day course designed to give leaders a basic understanding of Army helicopter missions. There is some classroom instruction, but it is mostly hands-on and performance-oriented. It is broken down into four phases: Combat Air Assault operations, sling-load operations, rappelling, and foot march. Air Assault School is designed to push you to your mental and physical limits.
During this phase, you will conduct various training events such as an obstacle course followed by a two-mile run. You will be trained and tested on aircraft hand and arm signals, Army helicopter characteristics and capabilities, and medical evacuation procedures. You will also conduct Physical Training (PT), a four-mile road march, and a combat air assault operation.
This is the most difficult phase of Air Assault. You will be trained and tested on the practical rigging and inspection of sling loads for Army helicopters, and on Pathfinder operations. Practical examinations will be based on inspecting loads for discrepancies and participation in a live Sling Load Operation.
During the rappelling phase, you will be tested on tying the Swiss seat, ramp, tower, skid rappelling, and fast-roping techniques. Before you know it, you will find yourself rappelling out of an actual helicopter.
This phase consists of a 12-mile road march with full combat gear.
A cadet obtains a slot in Air Assault School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year. The battalion usually receives 0-1 slots per year. Only the most qualified and motivated cadets will be selected to attend the course.
The U.S. Army Airborne School is located at the U.S. Army Infantry Center, Fort Benning, Georgia. The course is designed to train soldiers to become paratroopers. It develops confidence through repetitious training so that the student can overcome the natural fear of jumping from an airplane. The course is also designed to develop and maintain the high level of physical fitness required of a paratrooper by rigorous and progressive physical training. Airborne School is only for the most highly motivated cadets.
Phase I — Ground Week: The week of 1,000 falls. You will learn how to properly exit an aircraft and perform a Parachute Landing Fall (PLF). This week will introduce you to the Lateral Drift Apparatus and the 34-foot tower.
Phase II — Tower Week: You will conduct training on the 34-foot tower to develop your skills in exits and deploying your reserve chute, and the Swing Landing Trainer to hone your parachute landing falls. You may also experience the 250-foot tower. This is the closest thing to jumping out of an airplane.
Phase III — Jump Week: You've been training for three weeks -- are you ready? You will perform five jumps this week: three "Hollywoods" (no gear) and one night and one day jump (both with full gear).
Qualifications: A cadet obtains a slot in Airborne School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year. The battalion usually receives between eight and 10 slots per year. Only the most qualified and motivated cadets will be selected to attend the course.
Northern Warfare School is taught during the summer at the Northern Warfare Training Center in Fort Greely, Alaska. The course is designed to familiarize selected cadets with the skills required for movement in mountainous terrain and cold regions. Emphasis is on basic military mountaineering skills and river operations on the inland waterways.
A cadet obtains a slot in Northern Warfare School by virtue of his/her performance during the school year. The battalion usually receives 0-1 slots per year. Only the most qualified and motivated cadets will be selected to attend the course.