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Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET)

Cadet Initial Entry Training is the Army's two-year ROTC program entry point. Through the CIET, students without ROTC basic course experience can examine the Army without incurring an obligation and qualify for advanced course entry. The Army observes these students and determines their officer potential in a leadership oriented, challenging and motivating 28-day training program.

The Cadet Initial Entry Training Concept

A successful camp begins with recruitment of quality students who have a desire to learn about ROTC and an Army Officer career. Training during camp educates, challenges, motivates and demonstrates to the student the demands and rewards of being an Army Officer. CIET is the student's and the Army's vehicle for determining future ROTC involvement.

The camp philosophy is based on an action-oriented training plan. Emphasis is hands-on, outdoor training with rapid, constructive feedback to the cadet. Above all else, CIET is a leadership experience. The training program is designed to inspire students to become outstanding leaders with a sound understanding of traditional leadership values. At the CIET, students are trained to lead and develop their officer leadership potential.

Training at the Cadet Initial Entry Training

The CIET course will give you some very special skills while simultaneously presenting you a combination of mental and physical challenges that are specifically designed to bring out your leadership potential. It's full of adventure, excitement and it's fun. An added benefit is the opportunity it provides to meet many other college students and establish some valuable and potentially lifelong relationships. In many ways, this course will raise your leadership stock in an amazingly short period of time (28 days).

The 28-day CIET course is conducted during the summer at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and it consists of three phases — the "Future Leader" phase, "Bold Leader" phase and "Discover Gold" phase.

During the "Future Leader" phase you'll rappel, participate in a leadership reaction course, learn water survival and stream crossing techniques, first aid, weapons and how to navigate on land using a map and compass during the day and night. You'll be challenged physically throughout this entire phrase. You'll learn when to lead and when and how to follow.

During phase two, the "Bold Leader" phase, we'll teach you small unit tactics. We'll put you through a self-confidence building obstacle course, rock climbing, paintball and the Tarzan assault course. With your newly established confidence in water survival, you'll participate in small boat or raft operations. Additionally, this phase highlights the importance of teamwork and a balanced lifestyle of work and recreation.

Finally, during the "Discover Gold" phase you'll participate in some very entertaining social events, a family day and the culmination of the course — the graduation ceremony.

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You may attend cadet initial entry training if you:

  • Have not completed all four semesters of Military Science I and II.
  • Are medically qualified to attend.
  • Are transferring from a school that did not have ROTC.
  • Are a junior or community college transfer entering an ROTC school and have no prior active or reserve component military experience.
  • Are a graduate student, starting a two-year program.
  • Are a high-school graduate entering a military junior college.


Students with prior military service, or who have taken Junior ROTC, may be given credit for basic course completion and would not be required to attend CIET. Travel expenses are covered and students are paid a modest amount for their time at CIET.

Scholarship Opportunities

Students who attend CIET may compete for a two-year Army ROTC scholarship while at camp. These merit scholarships are awarded to the most qualified students who apply.