Army ROTC Specialty Schools
US ARMY BASIC AIRBORNE COURSE
The Basic Airborne Course is conducted at Fort Benning, GA and is a three-week course encompassing all aspects of entering a combat zone by parachute. The first week is Ground Week and consists of rigorous physical training and instruction designed to prepare the student to make a parachute jump and land safely. The second week is Tower Week and training consists of perfecting individual skills and stressing team effort. Jump skills are taught through the use of the swing landing trainer, the suspended harness, and the 250-foot free-fall tower. The final week is Jump Week, where you will use the training of the previous two weeks to execute five parachute jumps, including one night jump and two jumps in full combat gear. Upon completion of the fifth jump, you will receive the Basic Parachutist Qualification Badge and become a member of the elite "AIRBORNE" community. If you desire to attend the Basic Airborne Course you must be in top physical condition and have completed The Citadel's rigorous training selection program.
AIR ASSAULT SCHOOL
Air Assault School is a ten-day course conducted at several locations to include Fort Campbell, KY, Fort Rucker, AL, and Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. Students are instructed on all aspects of using helicopters to enter combat. Training includes an obstacle course, rappelling from towers and hovering helicopters, rigging equipment for sling loading, landing and pick-up zone operations. Training culminates in a twelve-mile road march completed in less than three hours while wearing full combat gear. Upon successful completion of the training, you will receive the Air Assault Badge. If you desire to attend Air Assault School you must be in top physical condition and have completed The Citadel's rigorous training selection program.
BASIC MOUNTAINEERING COURSE
This is a two-week course which emphasizes mobility in mountainous terrain, on glaciers, and inland waterways. The Northern Warfare Training Center (NWTC) is located at Fort Greeley, AK. Course work is in three categories: general subjects such as first aid, geography, and climatology, military mountaineering, and inland waterway navigation. Cadets desiring to attend the BMC must be contracted, have successfully completed the Army Physical Fitness Test in the 17-21 year category and the combat water survival test within 30 days of the course start date. You must be in excellent physical shape and have completed the Citadel's rigorous training selection program to attend the course.
CADET TROOP LEADER TRAINING
The Cadet Troop Leader Training track provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and equipment (TO&E) 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 within the contiguous United States and outside the contiguous United States. 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. This program is exclusively designed for MSIII Cadets before and after completion of the Cadet Leadership Couse (CLC).
NURSE SUMMER TRAINING PROGRAM
Nursing cadets at Charleston Southern University can participate in this program and are assigned to Army Medical Facilities in order to develop and practice leadership in a clinical environment. The paid, three-week Nurse Summer Training Program assigns Cadets to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and Germany. The clinical experience will allows cadets to hone their clinical skills, develop your problem-solving techniques and become comfortable with developing their professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.
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.
"Robin Sage is a great experience to anyone with or with or without aspirations in joining the special forces community. It exposes the individual to not only adapt to new roles and situations, but also to adopt new ways of thinking and problem solving." - Cadet Paul Poulin - The Citadel Class of 2015
CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING AND LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY (CULP)
Cadets travel in small groups led by senior leader cadre. Trips typically incorporate approximately 20 Cadets and a cadre member traveling in conjunction with a civilian agency or non-governmental agency. The trips last approximately one month, which encompasses the deployment as well as a five-day Soldier readiness process. GPA, physical fitness, an essay, and other pertinent selection criteria are utilized when awarding CULP slots. Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including humanitarian service, host nation military-to-military contact, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. Immersion into foreign cultures exposes Cadets to the realities that other countries have vastly different lifestyles, economic standing and world perspective.
WESTERN HEMISPHERE INSTITUE FOR SECURITY COOPERATION (WHINSEC)
WHINSEC brings ROTC cadets into the Cadet Leadership Development Course alongside partner nation cadets for a unique and cost-effective language and cultural immersion experience. The course serves as a learning laboratory to immerse U.S. cadets in the Spanish language, while they live and work with cadets from Colombia, the Dominican Republic, and many other Spanish-speaking countries that send cadets to WHINSEC. Instructors from various hemispheric countries teach and share their extensive experience with them, speaking only Spanish.
"While at WHINSEC, I was immersed with Colombian Army cadets from the Escuela Militar de Cadetes from Bogota, Colombia. After spending nearly a month with the Colombian cadets, I can honestly say that I have built lifelong lasting relationships with each and every one of them while also, grasping a better understanding of the Colombian culture, their military customs and courtesies, along with some of the issues the Colombian government and military face." - Cadet Anthony Uriarte - The Citadel Class of 2015
US ARMY COMBAT DIVER QUALIFICATION SCHOOL
5th SFG at Ft. Campbell, KY or USAJFKSWC at Ft. Bragg, NC and Key West, FL.
Four-week course designed to instruct personnel for waterborne operations, emphasizing long-range underwater navigation, deep dives, medical risks and precautions of diving, surface/substance operations, and a Water Infiltration Course. Course requires high demand physical endurance and cardiovascular fitness. The first two weeks focus on fitness and ability to undergo a series of tests and evaluations to include a "Harassment Dive." The second two weeks focus on longer dives, subsurface orienteering, classroom instruction (marine hazards, dive tables, oceanic environments, etc), followed by an end of course test.
This course is taught at the Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, VT. It is taught in two phases, each lasting two weeks. The summer phase teaches and tests Cadets on military mountaineering operations including rock climbing, rappelling and orienteering. The winter phase teaches and tests on similar tasks but in the winter environment. It includes ice climbing, cross-country skiing and cold weather operations. Upon successful completion cadets are awarded the Ramshead Device, which presently can only be worn by certain National Guard soldiers.