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Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT)

CPFT is a summer training program that affords highly qualified and motivated cadets to attend some of the Army’s specialty schools during the summer. The Cadet Command goal for attendance to any CPFT school is 75 percent ML II and 25 percent ML III. ML I’s can attend, but require a waiver from the PMS approved by the brigade commander. The various specialty schools are listed below:

  • Airborne School: There is nothing like leaping from an aircraft in flight with 600 of your closest buddies. Airborne School is a three-week course held at Fort Benning, Georgia. You will learn how to successfully parachute from various Army and Air Force aircraft. At the end of the course, you make five static-line jumps onto Fryar Drop Zone and earn the coveted parachutist badge. Airborne!
  • Air Assault School: This school combines the utility of rappelling with the excitement of riding in helicopters. Also, students learn how to hook objects like LMTV (Light Medium Tactical Vehicle) and Humvee (HMMWV-High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicle) underneath hovering helicopters. Air assault is as mentally challenging as it is physically demanding. It requires the student to be strong in both mind and body before attending. The reward for 10 days of hard work is the coveted air assault badge.
  • Mountain Warfare Training: This school is not for the faint of heart. Mountain warfare is a two-week school taught at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. The course covers rappelling, rock climbing, mountain survival, land navigation, first aid and knots. The course is physically and mentally demanding, and you should definitely train up for it.
  • Northern Warfare Cadet Orientation Course: Spend part of your summer climbing mountains and glaciers. This three-week course is held at Fort Greeley, Alaska, and is designed to teach you mountaineering, rock and glacier climbing, knots and cold-weather survival.

For more information about CPFT, visit http://www.rotc.usaac.army.mil/training/cadet-practical-field-training.aspx