Cadet Professional Development Training Courses


The Basic Airborne Course is a three-week training program conducted by the Airborne Department at Fort Benning, Georgia. The course trains students to use the parachute as a means of combat deployment. Students begin the first week on the ground (ground week), learning the basics of parachute landings, and start a vigorous physical training program. During the second week (tower week), proper technique for exiting of a plane is mastered. Many times there is an opportunity at the end of tower week to parachute from a 250-foot high tower. The third and final week is the jump week. Cadets make a series of five jumps from either a C-130 or C-141 aircraft, including one night jump and two combat jumps with full combat gear. Successful completion qualifies cadets to wear the Parachutist Badge, the coveted "Silver Wings". 

Air Assault

The Air Assault School, conducted at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, is two weeks of mental and physical challenges. This school is designed to teach assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, instill the Air Assault spirit and award the Air Assault Badge. During the course, students face challenges such as: an obstacle course, rigorous physical training, rappelling, ascending and descending a troop ladder on a 35-foot tower and a CH-47 helicopter, rigging and sling loading, road marches, and written and practical examinations based on a PASS/FAIL system. To graduate, a student must receive a PASS at the end of each phase. AAS, like Airborne, is a fast paced exercise in mental alertness and physical endurance.

Mountain Warfare School

Mountain Warfare School is a two-week course taught by the Vermont National Guard at Ethan Allen Firing Range in Jericho, Vermont. Both a summer and a winter phase are offered. The training is designed to make you an expert in mountain operations. Mountain Warfare School is both physically and mentally demanding. Training is non-stop, 15 hours per day, for 14 days. If you can carry a 65-pound rucksack up to five miles per day in mountainous terrain and are competent with both day and night land navigation you may have what it takes to complete this intense training.