The US Army Airborne School, located at Ft. Benning, Georgia, is available through Army ROTC to all contracted cadets. The course is three weeks long, consisting of a ground week, tower week and jump week. Each week covers different topics, or points of performance, designed to teach Cadets to conduct airborne operations. After five successful parachute jumps, to include one night jump and own combat equipment jump, Cadets will be awarded the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge.
Air Assault Training
Air assault training is available at different Army posts across the country. It is a 12-day course that consists of rigorous physical training, helicopter sling load training, rappelling and a 12-mile timed road march in full combat gear.
Cadet Troop Leadership Training Program
Cadet Troop Leadership Training Program provides select Leadership Development and Assessment Course graduates the opportunity to increase their leadership experience by assignments to platoon leader or like positions with Active Army units or with government agencies for three weeks (CONUS) to four weeks (OCONUS). Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a Dining Facility.
A two-week program conducted at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, VT. Mountain Warfare introduces you to the techniques and tactics required to operate in a mountainous environment under hostile conditions. The instruction includes advanced navigational training, special mobility training (with special operations forces mountaineering equipment), and mountain tactical instruction.
A two-week program conducted at the Northern Warfare Training Center at Fort Wainwright, AK. The course is designed to train cadets in the skills required for conducting military operations in typical mountainous terrain found throughout the world. Special emphasis is placed on basic military mountaineering skills.
The most highly selective program available to cadets, the Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC) has less than fifteen cadet slots each year. This means that they only select the best of the best cadets. The training is physically and mentally exhausting, so preparation above and beyond the basic requirements of the school is mandatory. To get accepted into CDQC, one must complete a Pre-CDQC course at West Point, NY. Pre-CDQC training includes an APFT and pool events, including a 25 meter sub-surface swim, a 50 meter sub-surface swim, clump retrieval, two minute water tread, weight belt swim, underwater knot tying, ditching and dawning of equipment, treading water for five minutes with a weight belt and twin 80 air cylinders, and drown proofing.