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Airborne Training
Limited quotas for volunteer airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, are available to cadets who qualify. Applicants must have passed the airborne physical examination and attained the appropriate score on the APFT. Successful completion of this training entitles the cadet to wear the Army Airborne Badge. The three weeks of training are divided into ground, tower, and jump week. Ground week concentrates on building individual skills, such as, the parachute landing falls. Jump week consists of 5 successful jumps. For more information, see http://www.infantry.army.mil/airborne/

Air Assault Training
Successful completion of this course allows the cadet to wear the Air Assault Badge. Requirements for selection are the same as for Airborne training. This 10-day school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, and instill the Air Assault spirit. During the course, cadets face such challenges as an obstacle course, physical training, rappelling, troop ladder, rigging and sling leading, road marches, and evaluations. The cadet can attend the Air Assault course at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, or Fort Campbell, Kentucky. For more information, see http://www.campbell.army.mil/aas/air_assault_school.htm

Northern Warfare Training Course (NWTC)
Highly motivated and physically qualified cadets may apply for NWTC. The three-week training period is designed to familiarize the cadet with winter operations, to include a River Phase and a Glacier Phase. The rivers, mountains, and ice fields of Alaska provide a physical and mental challenge as well as tactical experiences in a mountainous region. For more information, see http://www.wainwright.army.mil/nwtc/

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Mountain Warfare Training
Mountain Warfare School is on the slopes of Vermont's Green Mountains. "Tough" is a good way of describing the winter phase of the Mountain Warfare School. In two weeks, soldiers learn to ski and snowshoe. They patrol through waist-deep snow, using altimeter barometers instead of compasses. They climb 30-feet walls of solid ice, perform crevasse rescues, and learn survival skills. For more information, see https://www.benning.army.mil/AMWS/

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Leader's Training Course (LTC)
The Leader's Training Course (LTC) allows students to enter the Army ROTC Two-Year Program without any prior military or ROTC experience to qualify for Advanced Course entry. Through LTC students are provided the necessary training to ensure successes during the last two years for Army ROTC. While at LTC, instructors observe students and determine their officer potential in a leadership oriented, challenging, and motivating 28-day training program at Fort Knox, Kentucky. LTC is an exciting way to experience the ARMY. It is also a key step in the process of earning a commission as an Officer in the U.S. Army during the next two years on campus. This is a great opportunity to learn more about leadership, people, and most important, YOURSELF! For more information, see http://www.goarmy.com/rotc/leaders_training.jsp

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Leader’s Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
The ROTC Leader's Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), or operation WARRIOR FORGE, is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet or National Guard Officer Candidate. This event is required for Army ROTC Cadets striving to earn their commission as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard. Cadets attend Warrior Forge the summer of their junior and senior year. The 32-day camp, held at Fort Lewis, Washington, incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. LDAC Camp tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations. For more information, see http://www.usaac.army.mil/accw/TNG_camp.htm

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Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)
Limited Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) allocations are available annually to cadets who wish to volunteer to participate. The CTLT program allows selected cadets to be attached to active duty or reserve component units (on annual training) and serve in a leadership position. The program is approximately three weeks in duration, and is available only to MS III cadets who attend NALC in the same year. Cadets who attend CTLT are paid at the same rate as for NALC. Overseas CTLT tours are usually four weeks. Upon completion of this assignment, cadets receive a performance evaluation by an officer in the assigned unit. This evaluation is used by the PMS when providing further counseling and leadership training. For more information, see http://www.rotc.usaac.army.mil/training/current_ops_div/ctlt.htm

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Ranger Challenge
The Ranger Challenge team provides cadets with another opportunity for exciting and challenging training. Ranger Challenge is Army ROTC's "varsity sport." Annually, more than 300 universities nationwide field teams to compete in a series of challenging events. Locally, cadets compete against teams within the 11th Army ROTC Brigade comprising Universities from Colorado, Wyoming, and Minnesota at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, CO. The name and spirit for the competition are derived from the U.S. Army Ranger School at Fort Benning, Georgia. Training for this event includes rigorous physical fitness workouts, information classes on various elements of light infantry tactics, and a weekend Field Training Exercise where rifle marksmanship, rope bridging, land navigation, and other skills are practiced. Making a commitment to the Golden Buffalo Battalion team will provide you with outstanding leadership training, a high level of physical fitness and, perhaps more importantly, teach you about yourself. Are you up to the challenge?

Events include:

  • Basic Rifle Marksmanship
  • Land Navigation
  • The Army Physical Fitness Test
  • Weapons assembly/disassembly
  • Obstacle Course
  • 10-Kilometer forced road march
  • One Rope Bridge

Who Can Join?
The Ranger Challenge team is required to have between 8 to 10 cadets in order to compete. All cadets are eligible to try out for the team, men and women, scholarship and non-scholarship cadets in all years of Military Science. What is really required to be on the Ranger Challenge team is desire, commitment to the team, and as the name implies, the willingness to go further than you ever thought you could. For more information, contact the CU-Boulder Department of Military Science at (303) 492-6495.

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