North Carolina State University
The Joint Field Training Exercise is a 3 day operation that tests a cadet’s leadership abilities as well as their individual soldier skills. This exercise is conducted at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and many universities attend.

Cadets in formation at JFTX

The Joint Field Training Exercise is a 3 day operation that tests a cadet’s leadership abilities as well as their individual soldier skills. This exercise is conducted at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and many universities attend.

“ ROTC has been an amazing experience so far, it has taken my leadership abilities to a higher level, giving me a major advantage here in college as well as applying it to everyday life. ”

Roger Howard, Cameron, NC

RANGER CHALLENGE

The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to "compete" with each other completing military tasks. In addition to a written examination where Cadets test their Army knowledge, there are physical fitness drills and field exercises. Battalions leave a Ranger Challenge with stronger bonds and sharper skills.

PERSHING RIFLES

The National Society of Pershing Rifles gives Army ROTC Cadets the opportunity to develop to the highest degree possible. Cadets can take part in precision trick rifle drill teams that provide them with the outstanding traits of leadership, military bearing and discipline.

Leadership Development and Assessment Course

The leadership development and assessment course (LDAC) is what a cadet attends the summer between their MS III and MS IV year in ROTC.  This course is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington and it is a five week course that evaluates a cadet’s leadership abilities as well as provide a base of knowledge that a cadet will need in order to be an effective leader of the troops.  This course consists of training on individual soldier skills as well as squad and platoon size operations.  While at Fort Lewis a cadet will do things such as, land navigation, water survival skills, squad training exercises, and patrolling.  This course is valuable to cadets because of the fact that it shows them what their leadership abilities are and where they need a little bit of work.  This assessment course will give the cadet a basis of knowledge for obstacles and attitudes from the people they are leading that they may face when they are leading troops in combat.

Commissioning Ceremony

Commissioning ceremonies for NC State’s Army ROTC are held in May, August, and December depending on when a Cadet is going to finish college.  Everything that they have worked up to leads to this and this is their initial entry into the Army.  The college student is transformed from a Cadet to a Second Lieutenant.  This ceremony is where the Cadet takes their oath, which is administered by a commissioned officer of their choosing and then the coveted first salute is given by a non-commissioned officer.  Family and friends are invited to attend the event, which includes the ceremony along with a lunch.  In the May and December commissioning there is a joint commissioning ceremony that is held and this is for all of the ROTC departments at NC State University.  All of the cadet’s hard work has paid off once they reach this point.

Officer Basic Course

The officer basic course is the next step a new 2LT takes in order to get closer to going to their actual unit.  Which officer basic course each 2LT attends depends on their branch that they received in the Army.  Some of the branches in the Army include: Infantry, Aviation, Armor, Medical Service Corps, Engineer, Chemical Corps, along with numerous others.  So, coming into ROTC, a cadet can have an idea of what they want to do, but they should know that you can be anything from an infantryman to a nurse or a pilot.  Each officer basic course has a different length for the training, they range anywhere from 13 weeks to 22 weeks, give or take a week.  In these courses, the 2LT will basically learn how to do their job.  They will do things that pertain to their Military Occupation Specialty (MOS) and this will transform them into the leader that they need to be going into their unit.  For certain occupations there will be follow-on schools that the 2LT will have to or choose to attend.  These schools are to include Ranger, Airborne, Air Assault, Pathfinder, and various others depending on what unit the soldier is going to.  The officer basic course as well as the follow-on schools are the last obstacles that a 2LT will face before they report to their unit.