Cadet Summer Training

Army ROTC Cadets are offered the chance to participate in a variety of summer training opportunities, typically between their sophomore and junior years. Choose from below to see some of the exciting training possibilities Marquette Army ROTC has to offer.


The U.S. Army Airborne School is at the U.S. Army Infantry Center, Ft. Benning, Georgia.

This school is located at Ft. Benning, Georgia. Soldiers begin their first week on the ground, learning the basics of parachute landings, and start a vigorous training program. During the second week, called tower week, proper exiting of the plane is mastered, and Soldiers are given the opportunity to parachute from a 250 foot high tower. The third and final week is the jump week. Everyone make five jumps from either a C-130 or C-141, including one night jump and two combat jumps with full combat gear. Each student must satisfactorily complete 5 jumps from an aircraft while in flight to earn the airborne wings.

Air Assault

This is available at a number of installations, but the largest is located at the air assault home of Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Another popular location for this school is at East Range Schofield Barracks, Hawaii. This eleven day course is very demanding both physically and mentally, involving obstacle courses and several long ruck marches.

The Air Assault program is divided into three phases

  1. Phase one is the Combat assault phase. Here, students will learn aircraft safety and orientation. They will learn how to conduct an Aero medical evacuation. Pathfinder and combat assault operation is also taught.
  2. Phase two is the sling load phase. Students learn how to sling load a HMMWV two ways, a 105mm Howitzer, a LMTV, fuel blivets and a cargo net.
  3. Phase three is the rappelling phase. Students start with the basics such as how to make a swiss seat, how to hook-up, lock-in, combat rappel and belay procedures. Then comes the fun part. Students conduct 2 rappels from a 34 foot tower. 9-12 rappels on an open tower, i.e. no wall, and then conduct 2 rappels from a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter, once without a combat load, and once with a combat load. Students must also complete a 12-mile road march in under 3 hours, with a combat load to earn the Air Assault wings.

Army Internships

Following the MSII year, contracted cadets are eligible to apply to a variety of Army Internships.  Between the dozens of internships available, cadets have an opportunity to do something specific to their interests. Cadets may spend 9 weeks in Germany learning global theater operations or shadow a physician's assistant in Alaska for two weeks. 


Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)

CTLT is conducted at many Army bases nationwide or in the Federal Republic of Germany or the Republic of Korea. This internship program places Cadets in actual Army units shadowing a current lieutenant. This three to five week challenge is a huge learning experience, allowing Cadets to gain a perspective on what they will be facing as future officers. 

Combat Diver Qualification Course

The U.S. Army Combat Diver Qualification Course
By: CDT Kevin Bubolz

This past summer I had the rare opportunity to attend the Army’s Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC), which is almost exclusive to special forces operatives. This course is 6 weeks long and is conducted in Key West, Florida. However, prior to being eligible for CDQC, I was required to pass a pre-CDQC course, which was two weeks longs at West Point, New York. Pre-CDQC consisted of PT every morning followed by a four-hour pool session followed by a long distance surface swim. During the pool sessions we practiced events such as, weight belt swims, 50m underwater swim, drown proofing where your hands and feet are tied and your are required to accomplish certain tasks, treading water with weight bricks, underwater knot tying, and equipment recovery which involves removing all of your equipment in one breath at the bottom of the pool and then retrieving it in one breath.

Following completion of pre-CDQC, I went to the main course where the training was even tougher, and more exciting. Pool week was where students became very familiar with pushing themselves to their limits while remaining calm and accomplishing the tasks at hand. Following pool week, students started using open-circuit scuba and conducted a 130-foot deep dive, ship bottom search, and underwater navigation swims. Then we were introduced to closed-circuit LAR V rebreathers, which do not emit any exhaust bubbles thus allowing for stealthy insertion. During advanced closed-circuit we used DPDs (Diver Propulsion Devices) and Zodiacs/CRRC (Combat Rubber Raiding Craft) to work together as 12-man ODA teams to accomplish missions. Next was spec-ops week where we jumped out of C-130’s with Zodiacs on SOCEPs (Special Operations Combat Expendable Platforms) and landed in the water and did helocasting which is a tactical insertion into the water from a moving helicopter. Overall, I learned a great deal at CDQC and was very lucky to experience training with the Army’s best NCO’s and Officers.

Culture and Language Program (CULP)

The Department of the Army is currently developing a comprehensive strategy to define, assess, and train culture and language proficiency skills. Part of this strategy addresses how Cadet Command increases Cadet language learning exposure. Cultural awareness training is already incorporated into the ROTC curriculum, at Advanced Camp, and now via many more overseas culture immersion internship opportunities.  Participating Cadets develop cultural awareness skills and appreciation of cultural differences and recognize potential impact on assigned missions.

Read more about Golden Eagle Battalion Cadets and their exciting experiences in China, Russia, and the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation.

Contracted MS-I and MS-II Cadets are eligible to participate in CULP. 

Basic Camp

Students joining ROTC at the end of their sophomore year, or with two years left towards an advanced degree, attend a four-week basic leadership course during the summer before their junior year. Basic Camp is a 30 day course taught at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Basic Camp is a fully paid program that is designed to teach the basic skills required of leaders. This course takes the place of the basic course (First two years of ROTC). There are scholarship opportunities available for students who attend and complete the Leaders Training Course.

Nurse Summer Training Program

The NSTP is a paid three-to-four week clinical elective for Army ROTC nurse Cadets. Attendance is voluntary. Our affiliated nursing school awards academic credit for this program

This elective is conducted at Army hospitals in the United States, Germany, and Korea. You get paid while attending NSTP during the same summer as Advanced Camp, which is usually between the junior and senior year of college.

During the NSTP clinical elective, you will receive "hands on" experience under the direct supervision of an Army Nurse Corps Officer who works with you one-on-one. Regular coaching sessions enhances your progress, while also providing feedback about your performance.

While you follow the same duty schedule as your sponsor, you could receive training in such areas as patient assessment, planning of patient care, nutrition maintenance and feeding techniques, range of motion and mobility, medication administration, emergency procedures, intravenous (IV) therapy, and other special procedures and techniques.