Cadet Practical Field Training

Cadet Practical Field Training
These training opportunities are distributed to all the ROTC Programs in the Nation based on numbers, an expressed desire to attend, and a high likelihood to pass. The Chippewa Battalion then distributes these training slots to interested cadets who are placed on a competitive order of merit list based on the cadet’s on campus Academic and Physical performance. These training opportunities include:
Air Assault School, Army Mountain Warfare School, Robin Sage, United States Military Academy Cadet Field Training, Airborne School

Air Assault School
"I attended Air Assault School in January 2008. It was an experience unlike any I had ever experienced before that. It is only 10 days of training, but it is 10 days that test your mind, body, and perseverance. There are tests (written and practical) that you must study for and do well on to pass this school. It is very detail oriented and you can only acquire 40 demerits through the entire course or you will fail the course. A demerit can be something as simple as not having a button buttoned up on your pants when you lay them out to be inspected. The most difficult part of the course for me was the second practical exercise in which you must inspect a sling load and identify all of the deficiencies that are on it within two minutes. This task takes a lot of practice and remembering all the possible deficiencies and then identifying them. The school culminates with a twelve mile ruck march that must be completed within three hours and is very physically demanding." -CDT Travis Johnson

Army Mountain Warfare School
"After my summer training at LDAC I had the opportunity to attend the Army Mountain Warfare School in Jericho Vermont. This was the best training opportunity the Army has provided me thus far. The school presented challenges both mental and physical as blocks of instruction were taught on subjects ranging from elevation sickness, rappelling, rock climbing and multiple rope systems used to move personnel and equipment through mountainous terrain. The shear amount of knowledge and skill gained over the course of two weeks is astounding. During practical exercises you’ll find yourself evacuating casualties down shear cliffs, crossing rivers on rope bridges, and clearing well caches of explosives and enemy personnel." - CDT Matthew Gano
(Right: Matthew Gano pauses to enjoy the scenery while literally walking up a building.)

Robin Sage
"I went to Robin Sage the summer after my Freshmen year. It was really great experience in which I learned a lot about fieldcraft and small unit leadership. The relaxed nature of the program and the great leadership of both the cadre and the [Special Forces] ODA team members enabled me to further develop my own leadership techniques." -2LT Jeff Scott
(Right: Jeff Scott "Gets his Commando on" at Robin Sage)

United States Military Academy Cadet Field Training
"Two words, magical and enlightening. The two months during the summer at West Point gave me spiritual and intellectual insight into being a leader in the most powerful Army in the world. I grew as an individual and future officer. It is by far the best prep for LDAC and will surely put you ahead of your peers in ROTC. You will experience things that you will never get the opportunity to do again, for example, travel to Ft. Knox for a week, fire a round from a tank, fly in Blackhawks, learn how to knife fight, set off a live claymore, fire HE rounds from a M203 grenade launcher, fire a 155mm round from a Paladin, we covered every task tested at LDAC, traveled to New York City for the day, and learned how fortunate I was to have gone the ROTC route where I could start the weekend Thursday night." -2LT Aaron Roehrig
(Right: Aaron Roehrig perches atop "Big Popa")

Airborne School
Hoover "The best experience of my military career was the first time I stepped out of the plane and joined the ranks of my parents and my sister as a "Super Duper Paratrooper". The adrenaline rush of jumping out of a C-130 going 170 mph at 1200ft and falling to the ground at 22 ft/sec is beyond comparison. Being able to appreciate the tactical nightmare that Airborne Troops pose as senior cadet heightened the experience as well. The Airborne Troops of every service must serve their time at the Army's Airborne School, so I was exposed to troops from the Marines, Air Force, Navy, and foreign military officers including Egyptians and Germans. If I would recommend one experience in life, it would be the fear and adrenaline mix of an Airborne Jump. AIRBORNE!" - c/CPT Shane Hoover

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