In addition to Military Science Courses, Army ROTC offers unique training opportunities to students on and off campus. These training opportunities serve as a supplement for what the Cadet covers while in Military Science classes as they take what they discuss during the course and apply what they have learned in a training environment.
Physical Training (PT) is a large part of the Army ROTC Cadet lifestyle.
PT Sessions are run by the Cadets while being overseen by Cadre and are aimed at preparing Cadets to excel during an Army Physical Fitness Test; commonly referred to as the APFT.
The APFT consists of the following:
The Cadet must pass an APFT with 60 points in each event.
Cadets participate in Combat Water Survival Training; commonly referred to as the CWST. Cadets must swim a total continuous time of 10 minutes using any combination of four strokes (breast, side, crawl, back). There is no associated distance with this requirement. After a minimum 10-minute rest, the cadet will tread water for 5 continuous minutes. Successful completion of CWST is a requirement for commissioning from Army ROTC.
Labs provide practical experience in leadership, military drill and command in order to develop and strengthen the traits of initiative, self-confidence and discipline. Labs stress the practical application of skills and techniques that are learned in the classroom. They provide a forum for developing cadets and the opportunity for challenges in an outdoor environment. Important military skills are taught in lab, including basic rifle marksmanship (BRM), land navigation (LN), individual and squad tactics. Labs are held once a week at The Citadel and are a mandatory part of Army ROTC training for those Cadets who have an Army ROTC Scholarship or are under a contract.
Field Training Exercises (FTX)
Once a semester, the Palmetto Battalion conducts field training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina. This allows Cadets to perform in a field environment the skills learned during Army ROTC classes and leadership labs.
FTXs are held over a weekend where the Cadet will live and operate in a field environment while demonstrating tactics during situational training exercises (STXs) lanes, perform land navigation, conduct basic rifle marksmanship (BRM) with the M16 service rifle, and participate in field leadership reaction courses (FLRC) throughout the weekend.
Cadet Leadership Course (CLC)
The Army ROTC Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet and normally completed after a contracted cadet's junior (MS3) year. The 29-day training event incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. CLC 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.
CLC places each cadet and officer candidate in a variety of leadership positions, many of which simulate stressful combat situations. In each position, cadets will receive evaluations from platoon tactical and counselling (TAC) officers and noncommissioned officers. In addition to proving their leadership ability, cadets and officer candidates must meet established standards in physical fitness, weapons training, communication, combat patrols and demonstrate their proficiency in many other military skills. Cadets and officer candidates must excel at CLC to be considered competitive for a commission as an Army officer.
Cadet Initial Entry Training:
The Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) is the premier leadership program of its kind in the United States. An intense four-week introduction to Army life and leadership training of the Reserve Officers Training Corps, the aim of the course is to motivate and qualify Cadets for entry into the Senior ROTC program. CIET, as it's known, is designed for college students, typically between their sophomore and junior years. Upon successful completion of the course, graduates can take part in ROTC at their college as a third-year student in the four-year program.
While attending CIET at Fort Knox, Cadets gain an experience that runs the gamut of Army life and the responsibilities of being an officer. The course instills confidence and decision-making abilities to become a leader, in the Army and in life. Cadets spend their first few days learning Army basics under the tutelage of drill sergeants. They also take their first Army Physical Fitness Test, which consists of sit-ups, push-ups and a two-mile run. Shortly after the course begins, Cadets are introduced to working in a small-group team-based dynamic in activities such as an obstacle course to accomplish set goals.