What is Cadet Professional Development Training?

Cadet Professional Development Training (CPDT) offers Cadets approximately 4,000 training opportunities annually to enhance their skills prior to commissioning as second lieutenants. CPDT includes Cadet Advanced Individual Training (CAIT), Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT), Cadet Internships, and the Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP).

Most Cadets who participate in these opportunities complete them as follow-on training after graduating from Cadet Summer Training (CST) at Fort Knox.

Cadet Troop Leader Training

Provides more than 1,300 Cadets an opportunity to develop leadership skills in a training environment as they shadow and learn from platoon leaders. The CTLT program also includes more than 400 Cadets who support CST to enhance their leadership skills during the Field Training Exercise (FTX) phase as trainers and as the opposing force (OPFOR).

There are two leadership opportunities within the Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) Platoon Leader. The CTLT Platoon Leader Program which consists of platoon leader positions identified by active Army, Army Reserve, and National Guard units both CONUS and OCONUS. Non-SMP MSL III cadets are assigned to the CTLT Platoon Leader program by their PMS and must successfully complete Advanced Camp before proceeding to their assigned position. CTLT Platoon Leader positions do not require an application. Cadets are assigned for a period of three-weeks with CONUS units and four-weeks with OCONUS units. Positions are allocated to each Brigade via CCIMM. Brigades allocate positions to battalions. Cadets receive an Officer Evaluation Report upon completing the Platoon Leader assignment.

All CTLT positions are linked to a specific regiment of Advanced Camp. As a result, attendance to the specific regiment is mandatory. The assigned regiment will not be changed to accommodate personal situations.

Only cadets authorized by the Commanding General, U.S. Army Cadet Command via the Permissive Jump Authorization Memorandum may participate in jump operations while attending CTLT training. Cadets who have completed the Basic Airborne Course and are assigned in a position that requires airborne qualification. The school needs to send a copy of the orders awarding the Cadet the parachutist badge from Airborne School to the CTLT Program Manager, (757) 788-4773. No other documents may substitute “orders only”.


MSL III cadets only. There is no application for CTLT Platoon Leader positions. Cadets must contact their professor of military science or training officer at the beginning of their junior year to coordinate a CTLT Platoon Leader position for the summer following their junior year. Once assigned, cadets must sign a CTLT Acceptance Statement and carry it to Advanced Camp.


Approximately 288 MSII Cadets participate in this program that provides an in-depth tactical experience for BC Cadets. The AC OPFOR program is approximately 30-days in length and allows Cadets to test their leadership abilities at the fire team and squad levels from troop leading procedures to tactical operations against AC squads and platoons.


BC MS III Leader Trainers. Approximately 144 MS III Cadets serve as BC trainers for MS II squad leaders and provide them formal and informal developmental feedback. The Leader Trainer, working closely with BC cadre, is given the authority and responsibility of assisting in the training of BC Cadets.


Provides Cadets an opportunity to attend one of sixteen various military schools or variety of specialized training courses. Approximately 1,500 Cadets complete CAIT annually. Training slots vary in availability and are very competitive.

Examples of CAIT opportunities include Airborne, Air Assault, Combat Diver Qualification Course, Basic Military Mountaineer Course, and the Jungle Operations Training Course.


Provide additional training opportunities for Cadets in specialized areas, technical fields, and research. The Department of Defense, universities, various government and civilian agencies offer internships to more than 400 Army ROTC Cadets annually.

Examples of available internships include U.S. Army Cyber (ARCYBER), MIT Lincoln Lab Internship (MITLL), National Security Agency (NSA), Nuclear Science & Engineering Research Center (NSERC), JAG Corps (JAG), and the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) as well as opportunities at West Point and the FBI.


The NSTP provides opportunities to practice and develop leadership in a clinical environment to more than 200 Cadets that are training to become Army Nurses. Cadets work side-by-side with an Army Nurse Corps Officer in this 4-week long program. The NSTP is partnered with 20 hospitals across the continental United States and abroad, including Europe.

Installation and Branches offered:
  • Fort Bliss, Texas:
    AD, OD
  • Fort Moore, Georgia:
    AR, EN, FA, IN, OD, QM, TC
  • Fort Drum, New York:
    AV, EN, FA, IN, OD, QM, SC, TC
  • Fort Eustis, Virginia:
    AG, AV, MP, TC
  • Fort Gordon, Georgia:
  • Fort Cavazos, Texas:
    AG, AD, AR, AV, CM, EN, FA, FI, IN, MS, MI, MP, OD, QM, SC, TC
  • Fort Knox, Kentucky:
    AR, FI, MP, TC
  • Fort Polk, Louisiana:
    AG, AR, AV, EN, FA, FI, IN, MS, OD, QM, TC
  • Fort Riley, Kansas:
    AR, AV, EN, FA, IN, MI, MP, QM, SC, TC
  • Fort Rucker, Alabama:
  • Fort Sill, Oklahoma:
  • Fort Stewart & Hunter AAF, Georgia:
    AG, ADA, AR, AV, EN, FA, FI, IN, MS, MP, QM, SC, TC, OD
  • Germany:
    AD, AR, AV, EN, FA, IN, MI, MP, MS, OD, QM, SC, TC
  • Italy:
    AD, EN, FA, IN, MP, QM, TC
  • Korea:
    AG, ADA, AR, AV, CM, EN, FA, FI, IN, MP, MS, OD, QM, SC, TC

Other Training Opportunities:

Cadet Professional Development:

Cadet Summer Training (CST):

For more information on Cadet Leader Training, contact the Cadet Command CPDT Program Manager at:
(502) 624-5953.

Note: All training that is equal to or greater than 28 days total in length qualifies a Cadet to receive the annually adjusted Cadet pay stipend. The 2018 Cadet Pay rate is $31.97 per day of training.