Ready to tackle new challenges and master precision skills? Consider professional development or clubs. Choose a specialty and set yourself apart.
The Warrior Forge training event tests the skills you’ve acquired during three years of work. Your Warrior Forge performance plays a critical role in how you rank among the nation’s cadets and which branch and duty station you’ll receive.
Professional Development Opportunities
Raise your level of expertise by signing up for professional development. Add elite skills—mental, physical, nursing and/or leadership—to your basic skill set and set yourself apart. Become parachute qualified and earn your jump wings with Basic Parachutist Course, master helicopter-borne techniques with Air Assault, learn to negotiate difficult mountainous terrain day or night with Mountain Warfare, or gain firsthand leadership and management skills with CTLT, DCLT, or NSTP. Accept the challenge and strive to be more.
The Air Assault School, conducted at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is two weeks of mental and physical challenges. This school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, instill the Air Assault spirit and award the Air Assault Badge.
Visit the Fort Campbell Sabalauski Air Assault School site for more information.
Basic Parachutist Course
A three-week school conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia. Cadets in good physical condition may compete for a school allocation. During the course, cadets will train alongside Regular Army officers and enlisted men and women, as well as members of the other armed services, to jump from an Air Force aircraft (C130 and C17). Upon completion of the course, cadets will earn the coveted jump wings and be parachutist qualified.
Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT)
CTLT is a four-week leadership experience conducted at units in the continental US, Alaska, Hawaii, and Europe. Students are placed in charge of a regular Army platoon of approximately 35 soldiers. The student’s objective is to perform the leadership and management tasks necessary to train the platoon’s soldiers and maintain equipment.
While in CTLT, cadets continue to receive a rate of pay and allowances equivalent to that received at Advanced Camp.
Visit the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Cadet Leader Training site for more information.
Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program
Recognizing the need for young leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills, the CULP Program give Cadets the opportunity to spend up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how other others around the world view the U.S. and, in the process, learning more about themselves.
Visit the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s CULP Program site for more information.
Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT)
Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT) is a four-week program that provides cadets an opportunity to apply leadership skills, interact with highly skilled and experienced Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) and drill sergeants, and improves common task skill proficiency in an Army training environment. Cadets serve in positions with the cadre of Initial Entry Training (IET) and One-Station Unit Training (OSUT) units—Basic Combat Training.
Visit the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Drill Cadet Leader Training site for more information.
Mountain Warfare—Summer/Winter phase
Mountain Warfare school is a two-week course taught by the Vermont National Guard at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. Both a summer and a winter phase are offered. The training is designed to make you an expert in mountain operations. Mountain Warfare School is both physically and mentally demanding. If you can carry a 65-pound rucksack up to five miles per day in mountainous terrain and are competent with both day and night land navigation you may have what it takes to complete this intense training.
Visit the Army Mountain Warfare site for more information.
Nursing 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 and Asia.
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 PMS and the Brigade Nurse counselor to the Cadet Command Chief Nurse.
Visit the Army ROTC for Nursing Students site for more information.
Mountain Cold Weather Company
“Climb to conquer” is the motto of the Mountain Cold Weather Company. The training company was established by the United States War Department in August of 1947. The War Department saw the uniqueness of Norwich University’s location in mountains with severe winter temperatures and mission to train disciplined cadets to be officers in the Army. The first instructor assigned to Norwich was MSG Leslie Hurley. MSG Hurley was a mountaineer and a member of the famed 10th Mountain Division during World War II. Realizing the need for officers with experience in mountain warfare, MSG Hurley and the Army started the Mountain Cold Weather Company at Norwich. Skills taught to these students included: skiing, snowshoeing, wilderness survival, basic and advanced first aid, climbing and mountaineering, day and night land navigation, and cold weather injuries.
In 1960, SFC Don Jennings started the Mountain Cold Weather Company Rescue Team. The mission of this organization is to provide Northern New England with a rescue service capable of conducting search and rescue operations at any time of year under any climatic condition. The Rescue Team has gone on to provide this service on many occasions. Northern New England recognizes the MCW rescue team as the one to call when no one else can complete the rescue. An important first was accomplished in the fall of 2000 with the certification of 45 company members as National Search and Rescue Association Search and Rescue Technicians II.
Currently, Rescue Team members hold qualifications ranging from Army Combat Lifesaver, Wilderness First Aid, and National Association for Search and Rescue: Search and Rescue Technicians, Emergency Medical Technician, US Army ‘Echo Qualified’ Military Mountaineer, as well as many others.
Today, the Mountain Cold Weather Company trains three times a week. One day of training is company training designed to teach freshman and sophomores the basics of mountain and cold weather fighting. The other two days of training are platoon training days where they conduct training that supports their missions.
This training culminates in an exercise held in January where members can practice what they have learned in a mountain and cold weather environment. Cadets conduct all the training with the advice of Army ROTC cadre. The MCW Company also conducts numerous rescue and special operations demonstrations throughout the year. Demonstrations range from Rook Week and Family Week to the Boy Scout Jamboree. Cadets who complete this training can go into the Army knowing they possess skills few of their peers have.
Norwich Artillery Battery
The Norwich Artillery Battery (NAB) is a unique leadership organization which emphasizes the hands on knowledge of operational 75 MM Pack Howitzers. All members of the NAB train weekly and they are the center piece for military ceremonies and events hosted at Norwich University. Cadets that serve on the NAB are assigned leadership positions and as crew operators. The cadet leadership is responsible for coordinating events, training, and for performing drills with the 75MM Pack Howitzer while under the supervision of artillery expert. Cadets will gain an understanding of the application and history of field and air defense artillery.
Ranger training at Norwich University dates back to the late 1950s. This training develops leadership skills of selected cadets by requiring them to perform effectively as small unit leaders in a realistic tactical environment under demanding mental and physical conditions.
Ranger training today at Norwich has evolved into a company level organization. Held twice weekly, training includes dismounted patrolling, battle drills, weapons familiarization, and MOUT training. Exercises are held throughout the semester and include day and night missions and bivouacs. Physical training is also a large component of the Ranger program. Intense, organized PT is conducted three times weekly.
The culminating event of Ranger training, Cat Eye Weekend, occurs at the end of each year where candidates are able to apply, and are tested on, all the skills that they have learned throughout the year. At the completion of this rigorous event, candidates are awarded the coveted cat eyes, signifying membership in the Ranger Company. Ranger Company participation is open only to Army ROTC cadets.
In addition to weekly training in the Fall Semester, those who are at least second year cadets are afforded the opportunity to try out for the Ranger Challenge team. Ranger Challenge is a competition which pits a 12-person team against other Army ROTC teams from different schools in the region. The competition is held annually at Devens, Mass. and consists of several events testing Cadets’ land navigation skills, physical aptitude, technical knowledge, marksmanship, and endurance in several other physically and mentally demanding events.
Leader Development & Assessment Course: Operation Warrior Forge
Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course. It’s a four-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington.
Visit the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s Operation Warrior Forge site for more information.