Take Your Training to the Next Level
The University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire ROTC Program offers cadets a variety of training, both on campus and on military posts across the country. Volunteering for such training is always encouraged but a number of items such as seniority, contracted status, and grade point average determine eligibility. See below to read more about these various training opportunities.
Ranger Challenge is a competition where teams of ten ROTC cadets compete in various events, which include M-16 disassembly/assembly, an APFT (Army Physical Fitness Test), day and night orienteering, a written land navigation test, grenade assault course, BRM (Basic Rifle Marksmanship), a “mystery event”, and the obstacle course. This is a volunteer opportunity where a cadet can earn points towards the Order of Merit List (OML). Ranger Challenge takes place at the beginning of the Fall Semester and physical training is conducted daily in preparation.
The Color Guard conducts the opening ceremony at functions throughout the surrounding area. Functions include on campus ceremonies, parades, Veterans Day, and National Guard/Reserve events. This is a volunteer opportunity where cadets can earn points towards the OML.
The Army Airborne School is a three-week course held at Fort Benning, Georgia and allows individuals to become a paratrooper. During this three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Course, students learn the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. To qualify as a paratrooper, students must make five qualifying jumps, which includes one night jump. Each ROTC Battalion receives a certain amount of seats to send students to Airborne School so cadet selection if very competitive. Upon graduation, cadets will receive points towards the OML and earn the right to wear the prestigious Parachutist Badge. To learn more, visit Fort Benning’s Basic Airborne Course website.
Air Assault School
The Army Air Assault School is a two-week course held at Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Air Assault School deals with making soldiers qualified to conduct airborne helicopter operations: aircraft orientation, sling load operations, proper rappelling techniques and fast-rope techniques. The school itself is ten training days and requires a twelve-mile march with rucksack in order to graduate. Cadet selection is also very competitive for this school because each ROTC Battalion only receives a certain amount of seats to send cadets. Upon graduation, cadets will receive points towards the OML and earn the right to wear the Air Assault Badge. To learn more, visit Fort Campbell’s Air Assault School website.
Leadership Training Course (LTC)
Students joining ROTC at the end of their sophomore year, or with two years left towards a degree, attend this basic leadership course during the summer before their junior year. LTC is a 30 day course taught at Fort Knox, Kentucky. LTC is a fully paid program that is designed to teach the basic skills required of leaders. This course takes the place of the basic course (First two years of ROTC). There are scholarship opportunities available for students who attend and complete the Leaders Training Course. Click here to learn more about LTC.
Leadership Development Assessment Course (LDAC)
The Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet held at Fort Lewis, WA. This course is attended during the summer between junior and senior year. Every Army ROTC Cadet in the nation must attend this course to be commissioned as an Army officer. The 28-day course incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. 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.