The U.S. Army Cadet Command partners with universities to recruit, educate, develop, and inspire Senior ROTC Cadets in order to commission officers of character for the Total Army; and partners with high schools to conduct JROTC in order to develop citizens of character for a lifetime of commitment and service to the nation.
"We train 10,000 Cadets in 100 days." -Maj. Gen. John R. Evans
Cadet Summer Training is the largest annual training event in the U.S. Army. 10,000 Cadets from around the country attend training in Basic or Advanced Camp. Additionally, approximately 1,500 other cadets participate in other opportunities such as professional development and internships.
Graduation ceremonies are open to the public.
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The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Cadet Summer Training Advanced Camp is the culminating leader development course before officers receive their commission in the Army. Advanced Camp is a 38-day training event designed to develop a Cadet’s critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to forge them into tough, adaptable leaders who can thrive in ambiguous and complex environments. Advanced Camp is the final leader development opportunity for all Cadets in between their third and fourth years (Military Science III or MS III and MS IV) years of ROTC. Advanced Camp focuses on problem-solving in an operational setting to develop leader competencies; those intangible traits and attributes that allow leaders to thrive in challenging conditions. Advanced Camp consists of 11 Cadet Regiments composed of approximately 7,000 Cadets.
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The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, Cadet Summer Training Basic Camp lays the foundation for students to learn about the Army Profession, with a focus on the Army Ethic and Values. Basic Camp is a 32-day training event designed to introduce Cadets to the Army. The objective is to develop Cadet leadership skills, train them on individual and junior leader tasks, and develop and reinforce Warrior Ethos and our Army Values. Basic Camp provides the critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in ROTC, and the Army.
Basic Camp’s primary target audience are Lateral Entry Cadets and freshman Cadets. Lateral Entry Cadets typically decide to join ROTC in their sophomore year of college requiring Basic Camp to learn what normal-progression Cadets learned in their first two years of military science classes. As an ancillary target, Basic Camp allows second-year (Military Science II or MS II) Cadets to gain squad leader experience providing opportunities for some MS III (rising senior) Cadets to fulfill roles as platoon-level leaders. Basic Camp consists of three Cadet Regiments composed of approximately 1,900 Cadets.
Cadets are taught to conduct troop leading procedures (TLPs) to plan and execute tactical missions at the squad level. As Cadets gain experience and confidence through the training, they apply lessons learned from the After Action Review (AAR) process.
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CST2021 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Do you need the vaccine for CST? Is the vaccine mandatory? No, currently the vaccine is not mandatory for #CST2021. However, if you are able to obtain a completed series of the vaccine before arriving at Fort Knox for CST2021, you are encouraged you to do so. For more information about eligibility and availability of COVID-19 vaccines in your area, please see your state health department's website or use the CDC's Vaccine Finder at https://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/covid-19/reporting/vaccinefinder/about.html
Will we be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival? The plan is to test all Cadets and Cadre within 48 hours of arrival, and to test a second time on day 8 or 9 of the 10-day controlled monitoring period.
Do we have to take the COVID-19 test if we are fully vaccinated and have our vaccine card? Yes. All Cadets and Cadre will be tested for COVID-19, even if you completed a series of the vaccine.
How many times will we get tested for COVID-19? Cadets should expect to be tested a minimum of twice for COVID-19 during CST2021.
So a test is REQUIRED? What if someone is against this for good reason and can show proof of their inefficiency? Yes, COVID-19 testing is required for all Cadets and Cadre at #CST2021.
Is there a quarantine period? No, there is not a quarantine period – there is a 10-day controlled monitoring period for every camp regiment.
Are we quarantined alone for the first 10 days? How will the quarantine work? Will we be separated individually, or with our Platoon/Squad? Cadets will be in a controlled, monitored environment for the first 10 days of their arrival at Fort Knox. They will be housed in barracks with their platoons and will conduct light duty training and physical readiness training.
Do we have to quarantine if we have our vaccine? If you get the vaccine do you have to conduct the 10 day period prior to camp? It is not a quarantine. Cadets will be housed in their barracks with their platoon for a 10-day controlled monitoring period. During this time they will be conducting CST training with their squads and platoons.
Are Cadets and Cadre required to wear masks? Cadets and Cadre are currently required to wear masks during training, when it is appropriate to do so, this is imperative to lower the risk to the force and help mitigate any spread of COVID-19 during training. We bring in over 7,000 college students from across the country and almost 5,000 Soldiers and civilians as support staff and Cadre to Fort Knox during Cadet Summer Training. We are doing all that we can to ensure the safety of our Fort Knox community as well as the health and safety of our Cadets. Mask wear, social distancing and hand washing are enforced where appropriate in training to ensure the safety of both our Cadets and Cadre in accordance with CDC, DoD and local health guidelines.
What if a Cadet tests positive for COVID-19? If a Cadet's test is positive they will be put into a 10-day isolation where they will be monitored and receive appropriate medical care as required. We will conduct contact tracing to determine who else may have been exposed. For those that are identified at risk and have not received the vaccination, they will be isolated for 10 days and continue to be monitored in accordance with current CDC guidance. Those that are fully vaccinated will not necessarily have to enter into isolation for 10-days. The command has established a COVID Recovery Element that provides housing, meals, medical attention if required and training to ensure Cadets come out of the 10-day recovery period ready to continue to train. Each case will be independently evaluated to determine what is best for each Cadet, continue to train with a later regiment or sent home to come back next summer.
Are we qualifying with new Army marksmanship qualifications? Yes, Advanced Camp will conduct the new standard using Close Combat Optics.
Is the ACFT, APFT or OPAT the record test for camp? The OPAT is for record. The ACFT will be conducted for diagnostic and is a must attempt event. The APFT will not be conducted at CST.
What about for Basic Camp? Basic Camp Cadets will conduct the Cadet Command Fitness Assessment (CCFA) which consists of one minute of pushups, one minute of sit ups and a 1 mile run.
Why is the OPAT being used, the rest of the Army has transitioned to the ACFT? We are using the OPAT as the Army is still collecting data on the ACFT and at this time it is not test of record.
Is Recondo badge being awarded this year? Yes, Recondo is being awarded this year.
I’m coming as OPFOR – when can I expect to receive a packing list? The packing lists will be published by mid-April.
When will new 2LTsfind out if they are camp Cadre? Contact your PMS, some future 2LTS have already been notified.
When can 2LTs expect to find out more about information regarding assignments? Contact your PMS.
For commissioning students who volunteer to help as CST, what can we expect? You will be exposed to active duty life, working alongside cadre.
How many CST 2LT slot will be available this summer? The goal is 710.
The Army ROTC Hall of Fame was established in 2016 as part of the ROTC Centennial celebration. The first class (2016) inducted 326 former ROTC Cadets who had distinguished themselves in their military or civilian career.
The Hall of Fame honors graduates of the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps who have distinguished themselves in military or civilian pursuits. It provides a prestigious and tangible means of recognizing and honoring Army ROTC Alumni who have made lasting, significant contributions to the Nation, the Army and the history and traditions of the Army ROTC Program.
Col. (Ret.) Gerald Lord
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Benjamin Mixon
Sgt. 1st Class (Ret.) Thomas Atkinson
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Catalanotti
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Patrick Higgins
Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) John Capalbo
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jamel Carr
Lt. Col. (Ret.) Dennis Elbert
Col. (Ret.) Anthony Haager
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Lewis Harned
Col. (Ret.) Paul Hettich
1st Lt. Christopher Holbrook
Col. (Ret.) Nick Johnson
Col. (Ret.) Tom Marty
Capt. Arlo Olson
Maj. (Ret.) Zachariah Wall
Col. John Lubas
1st Lt. (Ret.) Michael Powell
Col. (Ret.) Leonard Schroeder
Col. (Ret.) Dwight Thomas
Rear Adm. (Ret.) Sylvia Trent-Adams
Maj. Gen. Janson Boyles
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Arter
Lt. Col. (Ret.) David Crane
Cpt. (Ret.) Harold Goldsmith
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Stall
Lt. Gen. Roger Cloutier Jr.
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Stephen Hager
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Garrett Yee
Lt. Gen. Patricia McQuistion
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) James Lyle
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Christopher Hughes
Honorable William M. Matz, Jr.
Col. (Ret.) Robert Archer
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) David Grange
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) James Terry
Col. (Ret.) T. L. Dilliplane
Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Gary Fortunato
Col. (Ret.) Joseph Martin
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Marcia Anderson
Lt. Gen. Karen Dyson
1st Lt. Cody Holte
Col. (Ret.) Timothy Karcher
Capt. Keith Lucas
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Ashley Jr.
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Otto Guenther
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Charles Luckey
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Arthur Holmes Jr.
1st Lt. Todd Weaver
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Darrell Williams
Col. (Ret.) Charles Davis
Col. (Ret.) Eric Toler
Col. (Ret.) Lonnie D. Vona
Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Donna Willaims
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Karen Gibson
Maj. (Ret.) Carl Nunziato
Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Benjamin Doty
Gen. Charles A. Flynn
Gen. Paul E. Funk II
Gen. Michael X. Garrett
Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli
Gen. James H. Dickinson
Gen. Stephen R. Lyons
Gen. Stephen J. Townsend
Lt. Gen. (Ret.) John J. Yeosock
Col. (Ret.) Jack Jacobs
Col. Charles W. Davis
Col. Timothy J. Creamer
Senator Joseph D. Tidings
The Honorable Dr. John Hillen
Maj. Albert N. Brown
Col. Washington J. Sanchez, Jr.
Maj. Gen. Elder Granger
Maj. Gen. George Barker
Lt. Col. Frank Martin III
Col. Andrea Thompson
Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker
Brig. Gen. Roderick R. Leon Guerrero
Col. Keith George
Maj. Gen. Gary L. Harrell
Lt. Col. Charlie Wilson
1st Lt. Robert Hinchliffe
Maj. Gen. Abraham Turner
Col. William Osborne
Col. James Palmer
Col. James Stone
Col. Martha McRavin-Oliver
Lt. Col. Norman Lane
Gen. Paul Nakasone
Brig. Gen. John Dailey
Col. Phillip Saulnier
Brig. Gen. David Wilson
Col. Edward R. Schowalter
Maj. Gen. Paul Disney
Maj. Gen. William M. Matz
Lt. Gen. Bruce T. Crawford
Lt. Gen. Leslie C. Smith
Lt. Gen. James M. Dubik
Lt. Gen. Jay Zeamer
Maj. Gen. Steven R. Abt
Brig. Gen. Albin R. Irzyk
Maj. Gen. William F. Dean
Lt. Col. Joni Ernst
Gen. John M. Keane
1st Lt. Bennett S. LeBow
Lt. Col. Jona McKee
Gen. Dan K. McNeill
Lt. Gen. Stephen M. Twitty
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