Training and Careers

For basic descriptions of each branch in the U.S. Army go to the official Go Army ROTC website:

For detailed descriptions on each U.S. Army branch and careers after ROTC, visit:

Summer Training Opportunities

Summer Military Development Schools (MDS)

Each year, over 800 special training opportunities are extended to cadets through the Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT) program. The CPDT program supplements campus training with practical leader development experiences and some additional skill identifier awarding courses. Cadets train in Army schools and with Active and Reserve units. CPDT consists of two subprograms, Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) and Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT). In a typical year, about half our commissionees will have had at least one of these experiences.

Cadet Leadership Course (CLC, formerly LDAC)

CLC (Cadet Leadership Course) is a 29 day development and assessment course typically done during the summer of a cadet’s junior year in Fort Knox, KY. Here cadets are assessed on their Land Navigation, First Aid, and combat tactics in a simulated training environment.

Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT)

Generally, the total number of CPFT allocations equals ten percent of the cadet population at large. Battalion commanders will prepare, select and send cadets with the highest potential for completing the CPFT training and for being commissioned. Cadet Command pays for travel. Billeting and mess are provided by the installation. All cadets must meet the eligibility criteria to be selected. Refer to Annex A, Figure 2 (CPFT Training Opportunities).

Leader’s Training Course (LTC)

Location: Fort Knox, Kentucky
You may attend this course if you:
* Have not taken Military Science I and II
• Are medically qualified to attend
• Are transferring from a school that did not offer ROTC
• Are a junior or community college graduate entering an ROTC school and have no prior active or Reserve Component military service
• Are a graduate student starting a two-year program
• Are a high school graduate entering a military junior college

Students with prior military service, or who took Junior ROTC, may be given credit for Basic Course completion and would not be required to attend the Leader’s Training Course.
Leader’s Training course is attended during the summer between your sophomore and junior years of college for five weeks at Fort Knox (Louisville), Kentucky. The purpose of the Leader’s Training Course is to provide instruction in the basic leadership and technical skills that will prepare you for your junior and senior years of ROTC. During this camp you have the opportunity to compete for available two year or Guaranteed Reserve Forces scholarships. All travel expenses are paid and you are paid while attending camp.

Basic Airborne School (BAC)

Location: Ft. Benning, Georgia.
The Basic Airborne Course is a three-week training program conducted by the Airborne Department, USAIC, Fort Benning, GA that trains students the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment. Successful completion qualifies cadets to wear the Parachutist Badge.

You begin your first week on the ground, learning the basics of parachute landings, and start a vigorous training program. During the second week, called tower week, proper exiting of the plane will be mastered. As a cadet, you will be then given the opportunity to parachute from a 250 foot high tower. The third and final week is the jump week. Cadets make five jumps from either a C-130 or C-141, including one night jump and two combat jumps with full combat gear.

Air Assault School (AAS)

Location: Ft. Campbell, Kentucky
The AAS is a 10 day course of instruction that trains cadets on Combat Assault Operations involving associated equipment and U.S. Army rotary-wing aircraft. Successful completion qualifies cadets to wear the Air Assault Badge.

This is available at a number of installations, but the largest is located at the air assault home of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. This eleven day course is very demanding both physically and mentally, involving obstacle courses and several long ruck marches. You will learn the basics of aircraft familiarization and recognition, slingload operations, and rappelling.

Pre-Combat Diver Qualification Course (Pre-CDQC)

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. 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.

Mountain Warfare School (MWS)

Location: Jericho, Vermont
A two-week program conducted at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, VT. The course teaches cadets the skills needed to operate in a mountainous environment during the summer and fall.

Mountain Warfare introduces you to the techniques and tactics required to operate in a mountainous environment under hostile conditions. The emphasis is on field exercises where you learn mountain-related skills. The instruction includes advanced navigational training, special mobility training (with special operations forces mountaineering equipment), and mountain tactical instruction.

Northern Warfare Cadet Orientation Course (NWCOC)

Location: Ft. Wainwright, Alaska
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.

This course focuses on mobility in mountainous terrain, rappelling, and climbing skills. The training is demanding both physically and mentally but also extremely rewarding. Those who live up to the challenge come away with not only a vast knowledge of climbing skills but also a new level of self confidence born from facing adversity and overcoming it.

Combat Survival Training (CST)

CST is a 20 day program that affords the cadet the opportunity to practice employing the principles, procedures, techniques, and equipment that enhance survival and evasion prospects, regardless of hostile or adverse climate conditions.

United Kingdom Officer Training Camp (UKROTC)

A three-week program hosted by British Army ROTC counterparts. UKOTC provides cadets the opportunity to conduct ROTC training with a foreign nation.

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)

CTLT provides select Advanced Camp 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). Refer to Annex A, Figure 1 (CTLT Training Opportunities).

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)

You may also find yourself anywhere in the country, or overseas, involved in the Cadet Troop Leadership Training Program. This internship program places you in actual Army units acting as a real Lieutenant. This two or three week challenge is a definite learning experience, allowing you to gain a perspective on what you will be facing as future officer. Generally, you are placed in a platoon leader position, leading 30+ soldiers and responsible for millions of dollars of equipment. You receive a rate of pay and allowance similar to that at NALC, you stay at the Bachelor Officer Quarters on that specific base, you train and lead soldiers, and receive an OER upon completion of the program.  If you are assigned to a unit on jump status, and you are already airborne qualified, you may participate in unit jumps on a permissive basis if approved in advance. CTLT is the best way to familiarize yourself with a branch before having to choose your branch preferences during the accessions process at the beginning of the MS IV year.

Drill Cadet Leader Training (DCLT)

Training is conducted in Basic Training and One Station Unit Training (OSUT) for four weeks. Cadets work closely with Drill Sergeants as they train soldiers in basic skills. The cadets leave with an NCOER.

Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD)

Cadets train for three weeks as interns with the Army Corps of Engineers or other government agencies.

Mounted Maneuver Training (MMT)

Training takes place at Fort Knox where they are exposed to the full compliment of mounted forces. The training is one week long and continues with the evaluation system used at Advanced Camp.

Cadet Intern Program (CIP)

Cadet Intern Program (CIP), an initiative of ASA/MRA, allows cadets to work with the Department of the Army (DA), the Secretariat, Office of the Chief of Army Reserves (OCAR), National Guard Bureau (NGB), and the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) for three weeks. These cadets receive an OER at completion.

Army Science Board (ASB)

Army Science Board (ASB) is the newest program. Only one cadet will be selected to work with the ASB unit for approximately 38 days. This is a three-phase internship program. Initially, cadets will develop the Program of Instruction (POI) for ASB Internship Program with future studies in Technical and Tactical Opportunities for Revolutionary Advances in Rapidly Deployable Joint Ground Forces in the 2015-2025 Era. The cadets receive an AER upon completion.

Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)

This training is only available to nurse cadets and provides opportunities to develop and practice a clinical phase of instruction at Army Medical Command Treatment Facilities worldwide. The cadets receive an OER upon completion.

Contact Information:

US Army ROTC, USC-Trojan Battalion
University of Southern California
3560 Watt Way
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Office: (213) 740-1850

If you are very interested in enrolling, we have an online application that can determine your potential eligibility to join our program and compete for a scholarship. We will give you immediate feedback on your potential eligibility or refer you to other commissioning sources.

Our mission as student leaders at University of Southern California is to provide cadets the necessary skills and leadership training to become officers in the United States Army, Army Reserve or Army National Guard, to develop the future officer leadership of the U.S. Army, and to motivate young people to become better citizens.