Hampton University

Field Training Exercise (FTX)

Cadet Summer Training

Basic Camp – 4 weeks – Ft. Knox, KY: Focuses on the basic tasks and skills associated with being a soldier – drill & ceremony, customs & courtesies, land navigation, first aid, basic rifle marksmanship, and small unit tactics. Lateral Entry cadets receive course credit for the first two years of Army ROTC.

Advanced Camp – 4 weeks – Ft. Knox, KY: Focuses on leadership at the platoon level (30-40 people) and places cadets in challenging leadership scenarios in the field where they are evaluated on their decision making and professional competence. Training tasks included patrolling, infantry platoon operations, radio communication, call for fire exercises, tactical combat casualty care training, and career field orientation. Required for commissioning, cadets typically go after their junior year. Nursing students go after sophomore year.

Cultural Understanding and Language Program (CULP) – 4 weeks – International: Cadets who meet eligibility requirements and are selected for CULP are given the opportunity to spend a month with a foreign military conducting one of three missions: military training, humanitarian assistance, or English language training.

Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT) – 3-4 weeks – Nationwide/International: Cadets selected for CTLT are attached to an active duty Army unit in the United States, Europe, or Asia. During their training, they are mentored by an active duty officer assigned to that unit and learn the responsibilities associated with the job of their assigned mentor.

Airborne School – 3 weeks – Ft. Benning, GA: Cadets selected for Airborne School go through three weeks of training – Ground Week, Tower Week, and Jump Week – to complete five parachute jumps and earn their Airborne wings. Physical fitness and an ability to overcome fear of heights required.

Air Assault School – 2 weeks – Ft. Campbell, KY/Ft. Benning, GA: Cadets selected for Air Assault School learn the tasks of slingload operations and landing zone operations. Cadets are required to rappel from 75 feet and complete two 12-mile ruck marches. Completion of the course earns the cadets the right to wear the Air Assault Badge.

Training Opportunities with the Pirate Battalion

Ranger Challenge: The Ranger Challenge Team is a challenging and selective cadet organization that trains to compete in a yearly competition focused on small unit tactics, problem solving, and physical fitness. Cadets participate in basic rifle marksmanship, ruck marches, small boat operations, leadership reaction courses, and obstacles courses.

Color Guard: The Color Guard presents the US flag at university, community, and state events. Cadets are trained in precision drill & ceremonies and are expected to possess a high degree of professionalism.

Field Training Exercises: Cadets are given the opportunity every semester to participate in a weekend of training at nearby military installations (Ft. Eustis, VA or Ft. Pickett, VA) with other Army ROTC programs from Virginia and North Carolina. Training tasks included small unit tactics, first aid, leadership reaction courses, and ruck marches.

Camaraderie within the Pirate Battalion

Cadets in the Pirate Battalion are members of a close-knit family, sharing the values and dreams of patriotic young Americans aspiring to serve their country, improve themselves personally, and develop their leadership abilities. Cadets bond with each other on a daily basis through physical training, military science classes, and on-campus ROTC events. Pirate Battalion Cadets are assigned mentors from the classes ahead of them who work to ensure that all HU Army ROTC Cadets succeed academically, physically, and personally. Cadets participate in social events, such as the Pirate Battalion Military Ball, where they have the opportunity to relax and enjoy the company of their peers and leaders.