The Chippewa Battalion provides a number of training opportunities both internal and external. Internal training is conducted by the Chippewa Battalion itself and much of the training is planned and facilitated by the Cadet leadership. Although the Cadre provide guidance and oversight, the older Cadets are responsible for activity planning and training the younger Cadet’s. Internal training is aimed at providing a stimulating learning environment; fostering teamwork, esprit de corps and building the fundamental skills base necessary to become a future Army officer.
External training is conducted off-site by a military host organization. This training includes Cadet Practical Field Training, Internships and the two primary leadership courses hosted by cadet command. This training is completely paid for by ROTC, to include meals and travel. Cadets attending Basic or Advance Courses will receive an additional stipend for needed supplies.
Basic Course (BC)
This course is designed for students who are already advanced in their academic careers. Those students who wish to join ROTC and pursue a commission, but are too advanced in their academic careers to complete basic course progression, often choose this option. It is a 28 day course designed to teach all the basic soldiering and leadership skills that the student would have learned over the four semesters of basic courses.
The Basic Course is the culmination training emphasizing on those skills necessary to succeed in the United States Army. Training scenarios are designed to challenge students mentally and physically while leading other students. These challenges are to afford Cadre the ability to observe, mentor and teach students leadership styles, techniques and execution while acclimating them to the Army lifestyle. During the 28 days at Fort Knox students will encounter many exciting adventures in which to share teamwork and build comaraderies with other students while also having fun. The bonus of going to Basic Course is the opportunity to meet numerous other college students and establish valuable and potentially lifelong relationships.
Advance Course (AC)
The Advance Course is conducted at Fort Knox, Kentucky and provides the best possible, professional training and evaluation for all Cadets. Although the course mission includes continued training and leadership development, the primary focus in this course is to evaluate each Cadet’s officer potential. This Course represents the only opportunity for cadet command to gather all Cadet’s nationwide on one “level playing field” for the purpose of making this assessment as accurately and as professionally as possible.