The Cadet Training Program is designed to ensure each cadet receives instruction and becomes proficient in the tasks prescribed in the Military Qualification Standards (MQS) I. The MQS System has established the skills and knowledge that are required of all U.S. Army officers. A key element of this training is the Leadership Development Program (LDP). The LDP develops every cadet's leadership potential to the maximum degree possible through continual assessment and feedback. This assessment is provided through various training opportunities throughout the school year.
A description of key training events includes:
The ninety-minute laboratory, which occurs weekly, is required for all scholarship and enrolled cadets with each MS level executing different roles. MS IV cadets occupy positions of responsibility in the Cadet Battalion and plan, coordinate, and conduct cadet training and activities under faculty guidance. MS III cadets focus on developing basic military tactical skills in preparation for the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), which is held every summer at Fort Lewis, WA. MS I and II cadets receive familiarization training aimed at basic skills such as land navigation, marksmanship, weapons familiarization, and other subjects.
Field Training Exercises (FTX)
A battalion FTX is conducted each term and emphasizes squad and platoon level training in a field environment, along with day and night land navigation exercises, under a continuous military environment. FTXs often last the duration of a weekend, and serve as testing grounds for MS IIIs, who are evaluated on their leadership abilities as squad and platoon leaders.
Physical Training (PT)
Every cadet has the responsibility to maintain the appropriate level of physical fitness. To assist cadets in meeting that responsibility, we require cadets to attend four PT sessions per week, Monday to Thursday.
Cadets may attend group PT sessions on any weekday morning from 7:00 AM to 8:00 AM. Unless otherwise instructed, PT formation takes place either in front of North Hall or in the Central Campus Recreation Building (CCRB), a minute walk from North Hall, depending on the weather. These group sessions are typically led by an MSIII using a PT plan that was developed by the MSIII and approved by the cadre. These group sessions will focus on improving the cadet’s score on the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT). If schedule conflicts exist for a cadet, they may also attend PT sessions on Friday. Every cadet is expected to pass the APFT. The test is given to every cadet twice a semester. The APFT is a three-event test consisted of push-ups, sit-ups, and a two-mile run. The minimum passing score in each event is 60 points, and the maximum is 100 points, making a total of 300 points the maximum PT score possible. Point values are linked against age brackets.
As future officers, cadets should work to achieve a maximum score and not be satisfied with meeting the minimum standards. As you develop your overall fitness, your APFT score should improve as well. To measure your progress, the following goals were established for each MS class:
MSI - 250
MSII - 260
MSIII - 270
MSIV - 270
Cadets who score high enough to earn the physical fitness badge (270 out of 300) may be subject to incentives.
Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
A key portion of the Army ROTC program is LDAC. All cadets must successfully complete the five-week camp to be eligible for a commission. The camp emphasizes field training and military skills to complement the military science instruction given at the University. Attendance at LDAC normally takes place following the MS III year; exceptions to this are rare and granted on a case-by-case basis. Branch selections and active or reserve duty determinations are greatly affected by your camp performance. You will be paid travel expenses and one half the pay of a second lieutenant while at camp (approx. $760).
LDAC builds confidence and develops leadership qualities. The training is rigorous and intensive, both physically and mentally. Cadets are placed in evaluated leadership positions on a daily basis that guide the days training. When not being evaluated on leadership, cadets receive training on the use of individual weapons, artillery, grenades, and communication equipment. You will also receive tactical instruction on: platoon in the attack and defense, patrolling, ambush and confidence training. In addition, a comprehensive field training exercise is conducted in a squad and section sized element.
LDAC evaluations are grouped into two major areas: military proficiency and leadership potential. Military proficiency evaluations include basic physical fitness, land navigation, and tactics. Leadership potential evaluations include performance evaluations which are given by your platoon evaluator after each of your four to six leadership positions. The evaluations place a heavy emphasis on demonstrated leadership potential and physical conditioning . The platoon evaluator will normally be a Captain who is a member of an ROTC instructor group, along with a non-commissioned officer and a newly commissioned lieutenant.