Participating in the Army ROTC Program affords you the opportunity to try new and exciting things. Each of the opportunities described here offer the most current training and capabilities in the field, while also providing you a paycheck during your time at the training installation.
Cadet Basic Camp
For those who miss their first or second year of ROTC, travel to Ft. Know, KY: baseline your soldiering skills, challenge yourself, and grow as an individual and a leader for a month over the summer.
CCWP (Cadet Coalition Warfighter Program)
Every year hundreds of Cadets travel the globe, spending up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how others around the world view the U.S. Cadets now have the opportunity to compete for immersion in more than 40 countries. Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including humanitarian service, host nation military-to-military contact and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. We have veterans of the CCWP program within Fighting Illini Army ROTC who can tell you more about their experiences.
CTLT (Cadet Troop Leader Training)
Select Cadets have the opportunity to increase their leadership experience by assignments to platoon leader or similar positions with Active Army units or with government agencies for 3 weeks within the continental United States to 4 weeks at assignments outside of the continental United States. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a Dining Facility. Fighting Illini Army ROTC has several Cadets who participated in CTLT who can tell you more.
Located at Ft. Benning, Georgia, it is available through Army ROTC to all contracted cadets. The course is three weeks long, consisting of a ground week, tower week, and jump week. Each week covers different topics or points of performance, designed to teach Cadets to conduct airborne operations. After five successful parachute jumps, to include one night jump and own combat equipment jump, Cadets will be awarded the U.S. Army Parachutist Badge.
Air Assault School
Training is available at different Army posts across the country. It is a 12-day course that consists of rigorous physical training, helicopter sling load training, rappelling and a 12-mile timed road march in full combat gear. Cadets from Fighting Illini Army ROTC proudly display their Air Assault wings, and can share their stories from training with you.
Mountain Warfare School
A two-week program conducted at the Ethan Allen Firing Range, Jericho, VT. It introduces you to the techniques and tactics required to operate in a mountainous environment under hostile conditions. The instruction includes advanced navigational training, special mobility training (with special operations forces mountaineering equipment), and mountain tactical instruction.
Northern Warfare School
A two-week program conducted at the Northern Warfare Training Center at Fort Wainwright, AK. The course is designed to train cadets in the skills required for conducting military operations in typical mountainous terrain found throughout the world. Special emphasis is placed on basic military mountaineering skills.
CDQC (Combat Diver Qualification Course)
The most highly selective program available to cadets, the Course has less than fifteen cadet slots each year. This means that they only select the best of the best cadets. The training is physically and mentally exhausting, so preparation above and beyond the basic requirements of the school is mandatory. To get accepted into CDQC, one must complete a Pre-CDQC course at West Point, NY. Pre-CDQC training includes an APFT and pool events, including a 25 meter sub-surface swim, a 50 meter sub-surface swim, clump retrieval, two minute water tread, weight belt swim, underwater knot tying, ditching and dawning of equipment, treading water for five minutes with a weight belt and twin 80 air cylinders, and drown proofing.
In-person: U of I Armory, 505 East Armory Avenue, Room 113, Champaign, IL 61820