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Cadet Leadership Course (CLC)

The Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) is now held annually at Fort Knox, Kentucky. The U.S. Army's largest training exercise, CLC is the U.S. Army Cadet Command's capstone training event. The purpose of the course is to train U.S. Army ROTC cadets to Army standards, to develop their leadership skills and to evaluate their officer potential. Most Army cadets attend CLC between their junior and senior undergraduate years after having contracted to join the Army. Successful completion of CLC is a prerequisite to becoming an Army officer through ROTC.

The 29-day course starts with individual training and leads to collective training, building from simple to complex tasks. This building-block approach permits integration of previously learned skills into follow-on training. This logical, common sense training sequence is maintained for each training cycle. Every day at CLC is a day of training.

CBRN: The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Committee trains cadets on CBRN tasks and develops the cadets' confidence in the U.S. Army's protective mask and JSLIST clothing. Cadets learn to correctly wear, operate and have confidence in their CBRN clothing and equipment. The cadets get an appreciation of the leadership challenges and constraints associated with operating in a CBRN environment by participating in a situational training exercise that tests the cadets CBRN skills in a physically challenging environment (Cobalt Challenge).

BRM/LFX: The Basic Rifle Marksmanship / Live Fire (BRM/LF) Committee is tasked with familiarizing cadets with select U.S. weapons, capabilities and employment techniques. Cadets receive training in order to conduct zero/qualification with the M16A2 rifle, gain confidence in his or her assigned weapon and in his or her training by engaging targets on the Down Range feed Back Range and participate in a Hand Grenade Assault Course with practice grenades as part of a buddy team. After a cadet has qualified on his or her M16A2, the cadet will receive additional training in preparation for conducting a cadet-lead cadre supervised Squad Live Fire, engaging targets from a variety of positions in a tactical setting, the culmination of all their BRM training. Each cadet will also receive training and will live fire familiarize with the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) and the M240B Machine Gun (MG). Cadets also receive familiarization training with the employment, operational capabilities and effects of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED) and Explosive Formed Projectile (EFP) in order to better prepare cadets to conduct tactical operations. Upon completion of all BRM training, cadets are prepared for future collective training and have confidence in their weapon system.

Cultural Awareness: The Cultural Awareness (CA) Committee exposes cadets to cultural factors, ethical dilemmas, politics, religion, economics and their potential impact on military operations and mission accomplishment within the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE). CLC utilizes the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) common teaching scenario – Caucasus region depicting U.S. forces in support of a friendly nation. Cadets examine and reflect upon the impact cultural awareness has on military operations and gain an understanding that culture matters and that cultural awareness will facilitate mission success.

First Aid: The First Aid Committee is tasked with training and testing cadets on selected first aid tasks. By the end of the training, each cadet is capable of applying life-saving first aid techniques to ensure unit member survivability on the modern battlefield. The committee utilizes training aids and resources to teach and test to the combat lifesaver standard the following tasks: evaluate a casualty, airway management, CPR, chest wounds, control bleeding and treat for shock. The cadets also participate in a squad level situational exercise that incorporates administering first aid in a tactical setting. Cadets walk away from training with the realization that every soldier, regardless of rank, must be able to administer aid to their fellow soldier.

Tactical Leader Development: The Tactical Leader Development (TLD) Committee creates a challenging tactical environment over seven days, that provides a unique opportunity founded in the contemporary operating environment (COE) and basic squad and platoon level maneuver doctrine to observe and develop leadership potential. During their training at TLD, cadets are shown what right looks like during the tactical leader training as the cadre mentors them. Cadets successfully demonstrate small unit leadership skills in a training scenario that represents the COE.

Mission Command: The Mission Command Committee exposes cadets to modern mission command and training opportunities available in the modern Army. Through leadership discussions and hands-on familiarization, cadets gain an understanding of leadership on the modern battlefield and training simulations that are available to help them prepare for modern battle. Utilizing the mission training complex facility in KY, qualified instructors facilitate cadet participation in a leadership discussion that highlights modern battlefield command and control.

All transportation, room and board expenses are paid by the Army. Cadets receive approximately $20/day fewer deductions.

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