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U.S. Army Cadet Command: Making Army Lieutenants

What is it?

Cadet Command's Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) holds two summer events annually which comprise the single largest training exercise in the U.S. Army. The Leader's Training Course and the Leader Development and Assessment Course, also known as Operation Bold Leader and Operation Warrior Forge, respectively, are specially designed military training exercises that prepare college and university students across the country for service as Army officers.

What has the Army done?

To ensure students without basic ROTC experience are qualified to enter the Senior ROTC program, command invites nearly 1,500 each year to attend the Leader's Training Course (LTC) at Fort Knox. Ky. LTC enhances leadership abilities and encourages personal development.

This year, 1,358 ROTC cadets completed LTC, which ran from July 1 to Aug. 7. Out of those completing the course, 1,212 have a great chance of contracting with ROTC during their first semester back at school, with 864 eligible for immediate contracting this semester.

The Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., is the capstone training event for any Army ROTC Cadet - an Army-directed requirement for becoming an Army officer. This year, more than 6,000 successfully completed LDAC, the largest number since the course's inception.

Why is this important to the Army?

Nearly 70 percent of the Army's new officers commission through Army ROTC. The cadets come from more than 1,300 colleges and universities and reflect the diversity of the entire country. These exercises establish leadership standards for the future Army officer corps, a tremendously vital function for the sustainment of the institutional Army that reinforces the reason this is an Army-level mission.

More than 4,000 cadre and staff members are comprised of leaders from all Army components: Active-Duty, Reserve, National Guard, civil service employees and civilian contractors. Many cadets get their first real look at the Army while attending these two important courses, The image projected by Cadet Command leadership, staff, and cadre influences the cadets' perception of how to conduct training and interact with subordinates and superiors.


U.S. Army Cadet Command

The Making of an Army Officer


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