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, and Airborne School.
Air Assault School
"Over the past summer I was afforded the opportunity by Chippewa Battalion to attend Air Assault School at Fort Campbell. The course was both mentally and physically taxing due to the compressed 10-day timeline set by the school. The course is broken up into three phases-helicopter basics and capabilities, sling loading operations, and repelling, with a phase test at the end of each. There are also four physical events that must be completed, an initial 2 mile run and obstacle course, 6 mile timed road march, 12 mile timed road march, as well as a 4 mile class run. I am not only grateful the the opportunity to attend such a sought-after school, but the ability for me to expand my knowledge to become the most useful asset for the soldiers and people around me. - CDT Andrew Smolinski
"This summer I was lucky enough to attend the Basic Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, in hopes of becoming an Army Paratrooper. Basic Airborne training is three weeks long and is broken down into three phases-ground week, tower week and jump week. During ground week I learned how to rig my parachute, exit the 34 ft mock towers, do a proper parachute landing fall (feet and knees together!), and how important it is to run everywhere. During tower week we began putting what we had learned together and practiced doing mass exits from the towers, executing our PLFs from the swing landing trainer and we continued to run everywhere. The final week, jump week, was easily the best part of Airborne School. We were required to do five successful jumps, and I personally did four of my jumps out of a C-130 and one out of a C-17. I was pretty lucky and all five of my jumps were very uneventful, and I had five relatively soft landings. There is no other feeling like jumping out of an aircraft and falling through the sky being carried by your parachute. Becoming a Paratrooper was hands down the most exciting thing I have ever done, and I truly cannot wait to jump again." - CDT Ainsley MacLean
United States Military Academy Cadet Summer Training
"I attended Advanced Camp CST (Cadet Summer Training) at Fort Knox with 5th Regiment. Upon arriving, I had already convinced myself that this experience was going to be one of the hardest things I would ever have to do. While there are many challenges at Advanced Camp, it ended up being a much better experience than I was imagining. I met tons of great people of whom I still remain in contact with regularly. On top of meeting lifelong friends, I developed myself as a soldier and a leader more than I thought possible. Prior to Advanced Camp, I had little experience in leadership roles. Being thrown into roles such as platoon leader really challenges one's ability to improvise, adapt, and overcome all challenges the platoon might face. Whether it be comnig up with something to do during "down-time" or getting the platoon to formation on time with the right uniform, there were challenges at every corner. Prior to getting to the field, I was uncomfortable with the idea of sleeping outside with nothing but a sleeping mat and a sleeping bag on the ground. After doing so for 3 weeks total at camp, I am completely comfortable in the field and sometimes even look forward to it. My time in the field also taught me more about tactics than I had learned throughout my two-and-a-half years in the Army. Regardless of what branch I end up with, knowing these tactics as a platoon leader will help me in the long run. I had a fantastic experience at Advanced Camp and actually had tons of fun. If I had to give advice to anyone heading to Advanced Camp, it would be this; it is what you make of it. Go in with a positive mindset and you will have a positive experience." CDT Austin Boundy