What is Advanced Camp?
Advanced Camp is a 37-day training event that is designed to assess a Cadet’s ability to demonstrate proficiency in basic officer leadership tasks. It is the most significant training and evaluation event in ROTC. Training is complex, challenging, and rigorous and is conducted in a stressful training environment. Cadets reinforce basic skills through squad (9-13 Cadets) level leader development exercises, and transition to platoon (40-50 Cadets) level operations in a company construct. Prior to attending Advanced Camp, Cadets receive intelligence updates, preparing them for the geo-political environment to which they will deploy and operate.
Advanced Camp is divided into four phases: (1) Reception and Staging, (2) Integration, (3) Deployment and Field Training Exercise (4) Redeployment and Reintegration.
Outcomes for Advanced Camp include:
- Assessing organizational capabilities and limitations to increase team cohesion and operational effectiveness.
- Developing agile and adaptive leaders that solve problems and thrive in ambiguous, complex operating environments.
- Applying components of cross-cultural competence in the conduct of military operations.
Successful completion of the Advanced Camp is a prerequisite for commissioning.
Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT)
In additional to the 37-day Advanced Camp held at Fort Knox, Ky., U. S. Army Cadet Command runs several other leadership programs throughout the summer through the Cadet Professional Development Training program. The CPDT Program consists of six general categories of leadership experiences designed to further develop Cadets, provide them with an introduction to the “real” Army and in some cases, provide them with functional skill qualifications. The five categories of training are summarized below.
Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)
More than 1,100 MS III Cadets participate in this program which allows them to serve with active duty Army units as Platoon Leaders.
Advanced Camp OPFOR
Approximately 1,300 Cadets participate in this program that provides an in-depth tactical experience for Basic Course Cadets. The AC OPFOR program is approximately 30-days in length and allows Cadets to test their leadership abilities at the Fire Team and Squad levels from troop leading procedures to tactical operations against Advanced Camp Squads and Platoons.
Cadet Advanced Individual Training (CAIT)
Approximately 1,300 Cadets participate in this program which allows them to attend functional qualification and other courses, some of which result in the award of skill badges. Some of the courses include: Airborne, Air Assault, Mountain/Northern Warfare, Sapper, and the Combat Diver Qualification Course among others as well as United States Military Academy (USMA) Cadet Field Training (CFT).
Internships offer over 500 opportunities for Cadets who seek additional training in specialized areas such as scientific application, engineering, nursing, medicine, intelligence, and cyber applications based on hosting organizations requests. Examples of available internships include the US Army Corps of Engineers (EIP), MIT Lincoln Lab Internship (MITLL), Museum Internship Program (MIP), the National Security Agency (NSA), Communication, Electronics, Research Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC), and Army Medical Department (AMEDD) as well as opportunities at West Point, the FBI and US Congress.
Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)
Nursing students who are also Army ROTC Cadets have an opportunity for a unique summer nursing experience. The paid, four-week Nurse Summer Training Program assigns Cadets to Army hospitals throughout the U.S. and Germany.
The nursing program introduces Cadets to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and to the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer. Under the supervision of an experienced Army Nurse Corps Officer, Cadets obtain hands-on experience. Training opportunities include one-on-one clinical experience which enables Cadets to hone their clinical skills, develop problem-solving techniques and become comfortable with developing professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.