Cadets will engage in an array of high-adventure activities while training at the Leader’s Training Course, including stream-crossing. File photo ￼
U.S. Army Cadet Command
Nearing its golden anniversary, the Leader’s Training Course continues to provide golden opportunities for young men and women to serve their country as Army officers.
Roughly 1,000 Cadets will take part in the intense training this summer at Fort Knox, close to 30 percent more than the 772 who graduated in 2011.
The first Cadets arrive June 13 to begin their path toward Army officership with the four-week training.
The larger structure reflects Cadet Command’s success in recruiting. Cadets are deciding to be part of the program for a number of reasons, from a propensity to serve their country to educational benefits to career opportunities.
Regardless of the number seeking to acquire the skills that will position them to serve as Soldiers, the lessons learned at LTC, as the course is known, will be life-changing. Continue reading
The Army exhausts vast resources to recruit and train individuals to serve as officers.
It takes a special person to join the ranks, requiring that they exhibit the qualities of a scholar, athlete and leader. That combination of traits proves pivotal to the Army’s overall success.
So it’s no wonder that the Army, and its officer ranks in particular, have become a magnet for corporate recruiters.
Just as the Army sees the potential of select individuals to lead the force, companies worldwide also see those same men and women eventually using the skills and discipline learned in the military to lead their businesses.
Fueling much of the demand for transitioning troops, Soldiers often require little on-the-job training. Besides their discipline, they provide relevant skills and a work ethic most corporations covet. Continue reading
ROTC Cadets salute the colors at a U.S. Army Cadet Command function. Photo by Forrest Berkshire
Every Army unit or organization can trace its roots back to a specific date and place and, in some instances, a single person. The Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps, ROTC, is no different.
While military historians generally use 1916 as the date when the Army officially established the concept of the Citizen’s Army, Army ROTC actually got its start as early as 1819 when Alden Partridge, often referred to as the father of ROTC, founded the American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy in Vermont, later to become Norwich University.
As one of the first superintendents of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Partridge considered military subjects to be a necessary part of the college curriculum; regardless of the vocation students would choose as future careers. Military instruction was a profound concept for the hall of academia in 1819, but his idea met with success and flourished, rapidly spreading to other schools: Virginia Military Institute, the University of Tennessee and the Citadel. Continue reading
Cadets wait for instructions during a physical training test
Earning a gold bar and becoming an Army leader is a process, of which the
Leader’s Training Course is only the first step. But even that first step involves a series of growth.
The course is broken down into three distinct phases. Continue reading