ROTC

U.S. Army Cadet Command

Mission

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.

Leaders

  • MG Johnny K. Davis Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command and Fort Knox MG Johnny K. Davis
  • CSM Jerimiah E. Gan Command Sergeant Major CSM Jerimiah E. Gan

Resources and Links

  • U. S. Army Cadet Command Official Website U. S. Army Cadet Command JROTC Website Future Army Officers & Cadet Summer Training Website
  • US Army ROTC Facebook US Army ROTC Twitter US Army ROTC Instagram US Army ROTC YouTube US Army ROTC LinkedIn US Army ROTC Flickr US Army ROTC Pinterest
  • US Army JROTC Facebook US Army JROTC LinkedIn
  • US Army Cadet Portal US Army Blackboard

CST News

Cadet Summer Training (CST)

"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. USACC conducts CST2021 in a COVID-informed environment, ensuring our Cadets meet all of the training requirements to receive their commissions while mitigating COVID-19 health risks. Prior to arrival at Fort Knox, Cadets will conduct a 14-day enhanced social distancing. Enhanced social distancing includes basic social distancing protocols (wearing masks, maintaining six feet of social distance, practicing good hand hygiene) and minimizing in-person interactions. It is permissible to exercise individually and safely outdoors while wearing a mask and maintaining social distance. Cadets and Cadre will be screened for COVID-19 upon arrival. The screening includes temperature check and a COVID-19 symptoms questionnaire. Cadre and Cadets will be tested for COVID at Fort Knox for CST2021. The first ten days of training will be conducted in a controlled monitored environment. Cadets and platoon Cadre will receive a second rapid COVID-19 test on day nine, of their 10-day controlled monitored training period.

Graduation Information

Graduation ceremonies for CST2021 ARE NOW OPEN to the public. There are no Family Day events scheduled for CST2021. You can find more information about CST2021 at our blog, Future Army Officers. Advanced Camp graduation Dates and Times Basic Camp Graduation Dates and Times.

Advanced Camp

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. Follow Future Army Officers for articles, news videos and photos of Advanced Camp, CST2021.

Basic Camp

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 31-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. Follow Future Army Officers for articles, news videos and photos of Basic Camp, CST2021.

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.

Official Resources & Guidance for Coronavirus COVID-19

Effective 30 July 2021, in accordance with guidance issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on “Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People,” issued 27 July 2021, Service members, Family members, Federal employees, on-site contractor employees, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status, must wear a mask in indoor settings on installations, and other facilities owned, leased, or otherwise controlled by the DoD during periods of high community transmission. Fort Knox is currently in an area of high community transmission. Individuals must wear masks consistently while indoors on Fort Knox except: (1) when an individual is alone in an office with floor-to-ceiling walls and closed doors; (2) for brief periods of time when eating and drinking while maintaining at least six-feet distance and in accordance with instructions from commanders and supervisors; (3) when the mask is required to be lowered briefly for identification or security purposes; (4) when necessary to reasonably accommodate an individual with a disability; and (5) when individuals are in their on-post living quarters (e.g., hotel room, post housing, barracks). Organizations on Fort Knox shall, as soon as possible, post signs and, as appropriate, post information on their websites containing the masking requirement. For personnel and facilities within their control, commanders and directors are authorized to institute additional health protection measures as necessary to protect the health of the force and community. The senior commander will update this force health protection measure as guidance and/or conditions change. Data on levels of community transmission can be found at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention COVID Data Tracker website found at: https://covid.cdc.gov/covid-data­tracker/. Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House: https://www.coronavirus.gov The Coronavirus Task Force at the White House is working in conjunction with the CDC, the State Department, HHS and other federal agencies to lead the Administration’s efforts to monitor, contain, and mitigate the spread of the virus, while ensuring that the American people have the most accurate and up-to-date health and travel information. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus The CDC provides the latest public health and safety information on coronavirus and contains consumer and medical information on how the virus spreads, symptoms, prevention and treatment, stigma, cases and what to do if you are sick, along with frequently asked questions. English | Español | 中文 Social Media: Twitter | Facebook | Instagram Government Response to Coronavirus, COVID-19: https://www.usa.gov/coronavirus Resources for all U.S. government activities related to Coronavirus (COVID-19). English | Español U. S. Department of State: https://www.state.gov/coronavirus/ In case of an emergency overseas, call: +1 (888) 407-4747 (U.S. and Canada) or +1 (202) 501-4444 (overseas), or contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate: https://www.usembassy.gov/.

COVID-19 News

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.

2021 Inductees

  • Col. (Ret.) Robert Archer 1st Brigade - Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University Col. (Ret.) Robert Archer
  • Brig. Gen. (Ret.) David Grange 1st Brigade - North Georgia College Brig. Gen. (Ret.) David Grange
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.) James Terry 1st Brigade - North Georigia College Lt. Gen. (Ret.) James Terry
  • Col. (Ret.) T. L. Dilliplane 2nd Brigade - University of Texas Col. (Ret.) T. L. Dilliplane
  • Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Gary Fortunato 2nd Brigade - Providence College Sgt. Maj. (Ret.) Gary Fortunato
  • Col. (Ret.) Joseph Martin 2nd Brigade - Canisius College Col. (Ret.) Joseph Martin
  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.)  Marcia Anderson 3rd Brigade - Creighton University Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Marcia Anderson
  • Lt. Gen. Karen Dyson 3rd Brigade - Missouri State University Lt. Gen. Karen Dyson
  • 1st Lt. Cody Holte 3rd Brigade - Minnesota State University Moorhead 1st Lt. Cody Holte
  • Col. (Ret.) Timothy Karcher 3rd Brigade - University of Missouri Col. (Ret.) Timothy Karcher
  • Capt. Keith Lucas 3rd Brigade - Washington State University in St. Louis Capt. Keith Lucas
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Ashley Jr. 4th Brigade - Appalachian State University Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Robert Ashley Jr.
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Otto Guenther 4th Brigade - McDaniel College Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Otto Guenther
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Charles Luckey 4th Brigade - University of Virginia Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Charles Luckey
  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Arthur Holmes Jr. 4th Brigade - Hampton Institute Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Arthur Holmes Jr.
  • 1st Lt. Todd Weaver 4th Brigade - Williams & Mary 1st Lt. Todd Weaver
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Darrell Williams 4th Brigade - Hampton University Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Darrell Williams
  • Col. (Ret.) Charles Davis 6th Brigade - University of Alabama Col. (Ret.) Charles Davis
  • Col. (Ret.) Eric Toler 6th Brigade - University of Kansas Col. (Ret.) Eric Toler
  • Col. (Ret.) Lonnie D. Vona 6th Brigade - University of South Florida Col. (Ret.) Lonnie D. Vona
  • Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Donna Willaims 6th Brigade - Jackson State University Brig. Gen. (Ret.) Donna Willaims
  • Lt. Gen. (Ret.)  Karen Gibson 7th Brigade - Purdue University Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Karen Gibson
  • Maj. (Ret.) Carl Nunziato 7th Brigade - Youngstown State University Maj. (Ret.) Carl Nunziato
  • Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Benjamin Doty 8th Brigade - University of Idaho Maj. Gen. (Ret.) Benjamin Doty
  • Gen. Charles A. Flynn 2nd Brigade- University of Rhode Island Gen. Charles A. Flynn
  • Gen. Paul E. Funk II 8th Brigade -Montana State University Gen. Paul E. Funk II
  • Gen. Michael X. Garrett 7th Brigade - Xavier University Gen. Michael X. Garrett
  • Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli 2nd Brigade - Princeton University Gen. Christopher G. Cavoli
  • Gen. James H. Dickinson 5th Brigade - Colorado University Gen. James H. Dickinson
  • Gen. Stephen R. Lyons 2nd Brigade - Rochester Institute of Technology Gen. Stephen R. Lyons
  • Gen. Stephen J. Townsend 6th Brigade - North Georgia College Gen. Stephen J. Townsend

Previous Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Lt. Gen. Eric B. Schoomaker Brig. Gen. Roderick R. Leon Guerrero Col. Keith George Maj. Gen. Gary Harrell Maj. Gen. George Barker Col. Andrea Thompson Lt. Col. Frank Martin III Ryan McCarthy, Secretary of the United States Army The Honorable Dr. John Hillen Maj. Albert N. Brown Maj. Gen. Elder Granger Col. Jack H. Jacobs Col. Charles W. Davis Col. Timothy J. (TJ) Creamer Senator Joseph D. Tydings
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