ROTC Challenge

Cadet Summer Training (CST)

Advanced Camp (CST) is the most important training event for an Army ROTC Cadet.  This course is attended during the summer between junior and senior year. Every Army ROTC Cadet in the nation must attend this course to be commissioned as an Army officer.

Advanced Camp was formerly known as CLC or LDAC, this training event is designed to assess a Cadet’s ability to demonstrate proficiency in basic officer leadership tasks. Cadets are evaluated on their ability to lead at the Squad and Platoon levels, both in garrison and tactical environments. Cadets are mentally and physically tested during a 12-day consequence driven field training exercise that replicates a combat training center rotation. The mission of Advanced Camp is to assess a Cadet’s potential to serve as a commissioned officer. It is the most significant training and evaluation event in ROTC. Training is complex, challenging, and rigorous and is conducted in a stressful training environment. Cadets reinforce basic skills through squad (9-13 Cadets) level leader development exercises, and transition to platoon (40-50 Cadets) level operations in a company construct. Prior to attending Advanced Camp, Cadets receive intelligence updates, preparing them for the geo-political environment to which they will deploy and operate.

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Additional Summer Training Opportunities

While in Army ROTC at Niagara University, you may also compete for the opportunity to attend additional military schools such as the Basic Airborne Course and the Air Assault Course. For further information, please visit the following websites: