Basic Camp

Location: Fort Knox, KY

The Cadet Basic Camp is conducted each summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and is an accelerated and fast paced 31 DAY training event, designed for Cadets who enter Army ROTC after their Freshman Year. It focuses on critical military and leadership skills taught during the first two years of the Army ROTC Basic Course of instruction (Freshman and Sophomore classes).  The Cadet Basic Camp teaches Army fundamental, reinforces the leadership development curriculum and features situational training exercises that push cadets to their physical and mental limits, challenging them to discover their true leadership potential.  When they finish, Cadets are qualified to enroll in the Army ROTC Advanced Course (Junior and Senior classes). Cadets who have completed Basic Combat Training or MSL 101 and 201 years consecutively do not have to attend basic camp. 

Advanced Camp

Location: Fort Knox, KY

The ROTC Cadet Advanced Camp is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet. This summer training is usually conducted after the Junior Year of the ROTC curriculum and is considered the “Capstone Training Event” of the Leadership Development Program.  The 31 DAY training event incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability, physical fitness and academic achievement. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. The Cadet Advanced Leader Course 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.

Airborne School* (AS)

Location: Fort Benning, GA 

The Airborne Course is a three-week training program conducted at the Army’s Airborne School, Fort Benning, GA that trains students in the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment. Successful completion qualifies cadets to wear the Army Parachutist Badge fir the rest of their career. 

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.  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* (AA)

Location: Fort Campbell, KY 

The Air Assault School is an 11-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 course is available at a number of installations, but the largest is located at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, home of the Army’s 101st Air Assault Division. 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, sling load operations, and rappelling. Most Cadets will have the opportunity to rappel from a hovering helicopter.

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).  

You may 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 three- or four-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 Advanced Camp, you stay at the Bachelor Officer Quarters on that specific base, you train and lead soldiers, and receive an evaluation 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. 

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 evaluation at completion. Many Bay State Battalion Cadets take advantage of the internship program every summer. Many of the internships are tailored to projects in the Cadets field of study. For those Cadets who will Commission into the National Guard or Army Reserves, these internships may directly lead to employment after graduation. 

Nurse Summer Training Program* (NSTP)

This training is only available to Cadets who are pursing nursing degrees as part of the Army ROTC nursing program. The internship provides opportunities to develop and practice a clinical phase of instruction at Army Medical Command Treatment Facilities worldwide. The cadets receive an evaluation upon Completion.

*All cadets must meet the eligibility criteria to be selected. Cadets may be eligible to compete to attend other Army schools not listed**