Summer Schools and Internships

Airborne School

Airborne School is a unique experience requiring special dedication and a desire to be challenged mentally and physically. This three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Training, teaches soldiers and cadets the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. The course qualifies them to wear the Airborne Badge. The final test includes five non-assisted jumps. This is a volunteer school and all basic necessities, transportation and equipment are provided by the U.S. Army.

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Air Assault School

Air Assault School is a 10 ½ day course that teaches Air Assault techniques and procedures, and qualifies soldiers to wear the Air Assault Badge. The course consists of helicopter characteristics and capabilities, helicopter rigging and sling loading, and helicopter rappelling and fast-roping. The successful completion of Air Assault school qualifies them to wear the Air Assault Wings.

*On right- Cadet Owens after graduating from Air Assault School at Fort Campbell, KY.

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Mountain Warfare School

The purpose of Mountain Warfare School is to train soldiers in the specialized skills required for operating in mountainous terrain, under all climatic conditions, day and night. These courses teach soldiers how to use adverse terrain and weather conditions to their advantage as a combat multiplier. This aids in preserving the unit strength and combat power to achieve mission success. The ultimate objective is to teach mobility. Students also learn mountain climbing and rescue techniques.

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Northern Warfare School

Arctic, sub-arctic, and mountain environments are brutally unforgiving to the unprepared. Units that have successfully fought in these environments have historically been those with special individual skills, are physically and mentally tough, and have extensive experience and expertise operating in harsh conditions. The mission is to provide relevant training to the leaders of USARAK units so that they can fight and win in demanding cold weather and mountain environments.

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Other Training Opportunities

Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program


The CULP program give cadets the opportunity to travel to another country for three weeks and become immersed in a countries military and civilian culture.  There are three different types of CULP missions, including humanitarian service, host nation military-to-miltary contact and education on the social, cultural and history of the country.  Cadets from our program has traveled to Togo, Vietnam, Guyana, Chile, Tanzania and many more.

(Right) Cadet Allen on top of Kaieteur Falls, one of the most powerful waterfalls in the world, with her group in Guyana.  She did jungle survival training with the Brazilian Special Forces and the Guyanese Defense Force.

Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT)

The Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT) program is comprised of cadet training in Army schools/courses and with active Army units.  The CPDT program supplements campus training with practical leader development experiences and some additional skill identifier awarding courses.  The CPDT program consists of two sub-programs, Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT) and Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT).

For more information on CPDT, click here and refer to chapter three.

Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT)

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)

  • Platoon Leader Track
  • Internship Track
  • Advanced Individual Academic Development (AIAD)
  • Army Medical Department Internship Program (AMEDDIP)
  • Army Science Board Internship Program (ASBIP)
  • Central Identification Laboratory Internship Program (CILIP)
  • Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)
  • Cadet Internship Program (CIP)
  • Defense Information Systems Agency Internship Program (DISAIP)
  • Health Facilities Planning Agency Internship Program (HFPAIP)
  • National Ground Intelligence Center Internship Program (NGICIP)
  • John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Internship Program (JFKSWIP)
  • The Olmsted Foundation Cadet Overseas Travel and Cultural Immersion Program (OFCOT)