West Chester University
Lieutenant Colonel Donald J. McDannald
Professor of Military Science
Widener University (Freedom Battalion)
One University Place
Chester, PA 19013
ROTC Cadets receive hands-on training in rappelling, outdoor survival, first aid, land navigation (map reading), marksmanship, tactics, and other basic military skills. The following are just a few of the courses are available for ROTC cadets to attend:
U.S. Army Airborne School
Becoming a paratrooper at Airborne School is a unique experience requiring special dedication and a desire to be challenged mentally and physically. This three-week course, also known as Basic Airborne Course (BAC), teaches Soldiers the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely. The final test includes five non-assisted jump. The purpose of the BAC is to qualify the volunteer in the use of the parachute as a means of combat deployment and to develop leadership, self-confidence, and an aggressive spirit through mental and physical conditioning.
U.S. Army Air Assault School
The Air Assault course is an intense, 10 day experience designed to give leaders a basic understanding of Army helicopter missions. There is some class room instruction, but it is mostly hands-on and performance oriented. Cadets have the opportunity to rappel from several helicopters used by the Army.
Leader’s Training Course (LTC)
LTC is four weeks of intense classroom and field training held in the summer at Fort Knox, KY. This course is an accelerated version of the two years of leadership development training Cadets receive in the Basic Course. By transforming yourself through this rigorous training, you will qualify for enrollment in the Army ROTC Advanced Course on campus-provided you have two years of college remaining (undergraduate or graduate). Once you successfully complete LTC and agree to contract and enter the Advanced Course, you may also qualify to receive a $5,000 bonus.
Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC)
Every Army ROTC Cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Leader Development and Assessment Course. It's a five-week summer course to evaluate and train all Army ROTC Cadets. This course normally takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington. Students maintain their normal daily schedule as they develop their leadership and military skills in the classroom and in the field with the Army ROTC.
The program introduces you to the Army Medical Department (AMEDD) and to the roles and responsibilities of an Army Nurse Corps Officer. Under the supervision of an experienced Army Nurse Corps Officer, you will obtain hands-on experience. Your one-on-one clinical experience will allow you to hone your clinical skills, develop your problem-solving techniques and become comfortable with developing your professional skills as a member of the U.S. Army Healthcare Team.