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Cadet Summer Training

Friday, June 21, 2019

What is it?

Cadet Summer Training is the largest annual training event in the Army. It is designed to lay the foundation of Army future leaders in the Active force, Army Reserve and National Guard. Each year, 10,000 cadets from around the country attend training in Basic or Advanced Camp. Approximately 1,500 other cadets participate in professional development opportunities such as internships and the Cadet Coalition Warfighter Program.

What are the current and past efforts of the Army?

Cadet Summer Training is held at Fort Knox, Kentucky and other locations throughout the U.S. and around the world. This training is divided into:

  • Basic Camp - focuses on standardized basic military training and discipline to reduce variance of cadet proficiency in basic military skills through individual and junior leader tasks while reinforcing the Warrior Ethos and Army Values. This is an intense 31-day introduction to Army life and leadership training for the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC).

  • Advanced Camp - an intense 37-day outcome driven, complex problem solving training event that focuses on platoon-level operations. It is a scenario driven, CTC-like training event that focuses on leadership development and evaluation. Advanced Camp is a must pass event to commission as a second lieutenant.

  • Cadet Coalition Warfighter Program - provides select cadets with tools to lead cooperatively with allies and partners. This program sends approximately 1,000 cadets to over 20 countries to improve cultural awareness in a coalition environment. Month-long deployments support the Combatant Commands’ security cooperation lines of effort.

  • Cadet Professional Development Training – provides a variety of leadership and professional development training opportunities for cadets each summer. This program offers Army skills courses such as Airborne and Air Assault schools, Cadet Troop Leader Training, and internships.

What continued efforts does the Army have planned?

Cadet Command will continue to provide leadership training to develop Army officers through ROTC. The cadet training will continue to enable Army officers to solve complex problems with multiple outcomes under constrained time and resources.

Why is this important to the Army?

The Reserve Officers’ Training Corps Cadet Summer Training lays the foundation for students to learn about the Army Profession with a focus on the Army Ethic and Values. It is the culminating leader development course before officers receive their commissions in the Army.

Cadet Command produces approximately 70 percent of the officer corps. Leadership development is at the centerpiece of its Military Science curriculum. Cadet Summer Training develops the basic Soldiers skills, develops and evaluates leadership attributes required to create our Army’s future leaders.


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JUNE 2019

June 1- 30 Nov.: Hurricane Season | Visit U.S. Army Humanitarian Relief

JULY 2019

July 4: Independence Day | Visit The U.S. Army: America’s First National Institution

July 15: Best Warrior Competition

August 2019

Aug. 26: Women’s Equality Day - Visit Women in the U.S. Army

September 2019

National Preparedness Month

Sept. 11: Patriot Day

Sept. 15- Oct. 15: Hispanic Heritage Month - Visit Hispanics in the U.S. Army

Sept. 30: Gold Star Mothers Day - Visit Gold Star Survivors

Focus Quote for the Day

Cadet Summer Training provides the learning and training laboratory that enables cadets to take advantage of the tough, realistic, iterative, and dynamic training, equipping them for their roles as future Army leaders… We train 10,000 cadets in 100 days.

- Maj. Gen. John R. Evans, Jr., commanding general, U.S. Army Cadet Command