CAIT Training Opportunities

Basic Military Mountaineering Course (BMMC):

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend BMMC.

This 15 day course trains selected Cadets in the fundamental knowledge/skills required to successfully conduct small unit operations in typical, mountainous terrain found throughout the world. Located at both the Northern Warfare School, Fort Wainwright, Alaska and the Army Mountain Warfare School, Jericho, Vermont.


Cadet Field Training (CFT):

Only MSII contracted Cadets are eligible to attend Cadet Field Training.

CFT is a 4-week event conducted at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point during their Cadet Summer Training (CST) cycle.  The purpose of CFT is to integrate ROTC Cadets into the West Point Corps of Cadets during CST, where they will train on individual and collective small unit tasks. 


Combat Diver Qualification Course (CDQC):

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend CDQC.

CDQC is a 6 week training course conducted at Key West, FL.

Cadets receive instruction in specialized physical conditioning, waterborne operations to include day and night ocean subsurface navigation swims, day and night team infiltration dives, deep dives, search dives, diving physics, physiology and injuries, cardiopulmonary resuscitation, marine hazards, tides and currents, US Navy dive tables, submarine lock-in/lock-out familiarization, closed-circuit and open-circuit dives, surface swims, small boat operations, and a course culmination situational training exercise (STX). 

Cold Weather Operations Course (CWOC):

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend CWOC.

The CWOC serves as a CONUS based center of excellence for training Army Leaders on essential cold weather military skills, located at the Total Force Training Center, Fort McCoy, Wisconsin. The two-week course (includes 6 days of overnight operations) that teaches a finite set of individual, leader, and small unit collective tasks within a structured crawl, walk, and run methodology. Course training will prepare Cadets for future deployments to cold weather regions and assist in the proper planning and execution of missions resulting in a greater chance of injury mitigation and overall success. CWOC is a train-the-trainer course for Army leaders from all branches and components. The CWOC is operated by the Winter Warfare Training Team, DPTMS, and Fort McCoy.

Cadets receive cold weather training and instructions in the following tasks:

  • Cold Weather Injury Identification and Treatment
  • Description & Wear of Cold Weather Clothing
  • Set-Up/Tear Down, Safe Use of Arctic Heater
  • Set-Up/Tear Down of 10 Man Cold Weather Tent
  • AKHIO Sled Packing & Movement
  • Improvised Shelters/Camouflage & Concealment
  • Winter Fighting Positions & Movement Techniques
  • Snowshoeing, Cross Country/Downhill Skiing, Skijoring.
  • Land Navigation in an Extreme Weather Environment
  • Adverse Effects of Cold Weather on Military Equipment
  • Unconventional Winter Survival Techniques


Jungle Operations Training Course (JOTC):

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend JOTC.

Located at Schofield Barracks, 25th Infantry Division (Lighting Academy) Hawaii. The school is two weeks long. Soldiers learn skills such as jungle survival, communication, navigation, waterborne operations and more. The Soldiers who go through the course become jungle trainers and receive the Jungle Expert tab.


Sapper Leader Course (SLC): 

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend SLC.

The Sapper Leader Course trains Army Engineer leaders in small unit tactics, leadership skills, and War-fighter tactics required to perform as a member of a combined-arms team in a contemporary operating environment.  The course is also designed to build cohesion and esprit-de-corps by training soldiers in troop leading procedures, demolitions (conventional and expedient) and mountaineering operations.  The course culminates in an intense field training exercise that reinforces the use of the battle drills and specialized engineer techniques learned throughout the course. Located at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.

Phase I:  The first 14 days cover general subjects including medical, land navigation, demolitions, air and water operations, mountaineering, landmines and weapons used by enemy forces

Phase II:  The remaining 14 days cover basic patrolling techniques and battle drills that emphasize leadership. The subjects include urban operations, breaching, patrol organization and movement, and reconnaissance, raid and ambush tactics. It concludes with a three-day situation training exercise, and five-day field training exercise. These missions are a 60/40 mix of engineer and infantry missions. Each training event is graded and scored. To graduate, a sapper must earn 700 out of 1000 points in order to wear the sapper tab.


Cadets to Civil Affairs Assessment and Selection:

Eligibility Criteria for Cadets to attend US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Civil Affairs Assessment and Selection:

  1. High performing.
  2. MSIII Cadet.
  3. Seeking Active Duty.

Description of Civil Affairs Branch:

Mission. Civil Affairs forces execute Civil Affairs operations in support of unified land operations in all theaters, at all echelons, across the competition continuum to achieve unity of effort. A force multiplier for every commander, Civil Affairs forces are one of the primary resources a commander has to assist in understanding and managing the complex and ever-changing civil component of the operational environment. Civil Affairs forces are trained, organized, and equipped to plan, execute, and assess Civil Affairs operations in support of Army and joint operations. Cultural orientation, regional expertise, linguistic capabilities, advisory skills, civil network development expertise, and civilian-acquired professional experience in common government functions distinguish Civil Affairs forces from other enablers. This makes Civil Affairs forces essential to the success of all missions that occur near, among, or with civilian populations, governments, or inter-organizational partners.

Description of Civil Affairs Assessment and Selection (CAAS):

CAAS is a two-week course to determine the potential of candidates to become Army Special Operations Civil Affairs Soldiers based on a whole-of-person assessment including physical fitness, intellect, and character. Candidates will endure a battery of physical and mental stressors ranging from individual tasks to team problem solving events. Selected Cadets become eligible to attend the United States Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School's Civil Affairs Qualification Course once promotable to Captain.


Cadets to Psychological Operations Assessment and Selection:

Eligibility Criteria for cadets to attend US Army John F Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School, Psychological Operations Assessment and Selection:

  1. High performing.
  2. MSIII Cadet.
  3. Seeking Active Duty.

Description of Psychological Operations (PSYOP):

Mission. Psychological Operations is the premier influence capability for the Joint Special Operations and interagency community. Focused on shaping the environment across the full range of military operations and competition continuum, PSYOP applies tactical through strategic level planning to engage foreign audiences, enemy, allied, or neutral groups to achieve the right effect, in the right way, at the right time. PSYOP forces leverage diverse and unconventional capabilities, cultural acuity, and multimedia platforms to shape narratives and deliver tailored messaging to weaken enemy capacity, enhance partner legitimacy, and win local support.

Description of Psychological Operations Assessment and Selection (POAS):

POAS is an eleven-day course to determine potential for Army Special Operations Forces (ARSOF) Soldiers based on physical fitness, mental toughness and acuity, and overall character. Candidates will endure physical and mental stressors ranging from individual tasks to team problem solving events. Selected Cadets become eligible to attend the United States Army JFK Special Warfare Center and School's Psychological Operations Qualification Course (POQC) once promotable to Captain (O3).

Master Fitness Trainer Course (MFTC):

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend MFTC.

The Master Fitness Trainer Course trains selected Cadets in all aspects of the Army’s Physical Readiness Training (PRT) System, so they can be unit advisors on physical readiness issues and monitor the unit and individual physical readiness program.

The MFTC is taught in a two phase format. The first Phase consists of 60 academic hours of Distant Learning (DL) comprised of exercise science classes.

The second Phase is a 2 week, 76 academic hour resident course which covers all PRT exercises and drills. You will be expected to tie in the knowledge gained from the DL portion of the course and put it into practice. The second Phase is offered as a resident course at Fort Jackson, SC.

Upon graduation from this course, Soldiers will be awarded the Additional Skill Identifier (ASI) of P5 for enlisted Soldiers and 6P for Officers.

  • FM 7-22
  • AR 600-9
  • Physical Readiness Training Quick Reference Card

Mountain Planners Course (MPC):

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend MPC.

Is located the Army Mountain Warfare School, Jericho, Vermont. The MPC is one week in length with content in three basic categories:

  1. Route planning in mountainous terrain.
  2. Troop sustainment in mountainous terrain.
  3. CASEVAC considerations for mountainous terrain.

The intent is to provide senior leaders with the tools and training to utilize their qualified Level I & II mountaineers in planning, developing and executing mountain operations. The end state for leaders will be an increase in unit mobility, lethality and sustainability.


Robin Sage (RS):

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend RS.

Robin Sage introduces Cadets to squad and platoon level tactics and the many associated challenges of operating in a sustained tactical environment. It’s a two week exercise located within 15 North Carolina counties near Fort Bragg. Throughout the exercise, Special Forces candidates and Robin Sage role-players (Cadets) not only conduct training missions such as controlled assaults and key-leader engagements, but also live, eat and sleep in these civilian areas.


Sage Eagle (SE):

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend RS.

Sage Eagle iterations are demanding, tactically fast paced, and successful training events that seeks Cadets as ARSOF partner force. Focus on critical military and leadership skills in a current combat (simulated) environment taught by US Army Green Berets preparing to deploy on overseas contingency operations.  The situational training exercises will push Cadets to discover their true leadership potential.

This training incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate combat leadership ability. SE iterations will test the intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina of future commissioned officers by placing individual in tasks which requires difficult decisions in demanding situations.

Upon culmination of a SE exercise Cadets will have spent nearly 12 days in simulated combat environment relevant to today’s battlefield; designed to development competency in all eight Troop Leading Procedures (RCV MSN, issue WARNO, make a tentative plan, etc..) . The Cadets leave SE ready to lead their battalions for the next academic year and future Army career. 

Located: Special Operations Force-Training Center (SOF-TC), Fort Bliss, TX.


Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape (SERE) High Risk Level-C Course:

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend SERE.

This course is for the training of Army aviation combat aircrew members and Army non-Special Operations Forces (non-SOF) personnel in the Code of Conduct / Survival, Evasion, Resistance, and Escape (SERE) Level-C Full Spectrum operations as prescribed by DOD Directive 1300.7, 1300.21 and AR 350-30. SERE Level-C training is for Soldiers whose wartime position, military occupational specialty (MOS) or duty assignment has a high risk of capture. It is intended for personnel whose position, rank or seniority make them vulnerable to a greater than average risk of exploitation efforts by a captor. Peacetime Level-C personnel are those who, due to assignment or mission, have a high risk of being taken hostage by terrorists and/or being detained by a hostile government in a peacetime environment. Note: other DOD service branch components and/or Federal Agencies with appropriate authorization and approval may send personnel to this training for SERE Level-C instruction SERE Level-C Full Spectrum training is an intensely physical and mentally challenging training program. It provides knowledge and skills development relative to survival, evasion, resistance to exploitation, and escape from captivity. The training also provides knowledge and skills supporting the Code of Conduct and survival fieldcraft with emphasis and application to worldwide environments. Specifically, it provides instruction, tactics, techniques and procedures in both individual and team environments during laboratory exercises and field training exercises (FTX) under controlled conditions. Information provided during this course of instruction applies equally to all active and reserve component personnel of the DOD armed forces of the United States specified by DOD Directive 1300.7, 1300.21 and AR 350-30.


Tactical Information Operations Planner Course (TIOPC):

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend TIOPC.

The Tactical Information Operations Planners Course is designed to provide the knowledge and skill to plan Information Operations (IO) at the tactical level to achieve the commander’s objectives in the information environment. Cadets will gain a working knowledge of IO and the various information related capabilities (IRCs) such as Civil Affairs (CA­), Psychological Operations (PSYOP), Public Affairs (PA), Combat Camera (COMCAM), Electronic Warfare (EW), Military Deception (MILDEC), Operations Security (OPSEC) Cyber-Electromagnetic Activities (CEMA) and many more. Using a scenario-based exercise, students plan, integrate, synchronize, coordinate and assess IO to support a maneuver course of action, line of effort, or named operation. Cadets employ various IO tools to capture and brief the results of their planning and analysis, such as the Combined Information Overlay (CIO), IO Synch Matrix, and Concept of Support sketch and narrative. Cadet knowledge will be exercised and validated during the culminating exercise, in which they will apply their knowledge of information operations at the tactical level. Graduates of this course will be eligible for the P4 Skill Identifier/Additional Skill Identifier (SI/ASI). The TIOPC is a 12-day course with no online prerequisites, located at the Information Operations School, Northfield, VT (Norwich Univ Campus), or conducted remotely via Microsoft TEAMS.


WHINSEC - Cadet Leadership Development (Infantry):

Only contracted Cadets are eligible to attend WHINSEC.

Cadets receive instruction in leadership skills through the implementation of basic light-infantry tactics, techniques, and skills. The training primarily focuses on physical conditioning, risk assessment, land navigation, weapons (rifle), small-unit operations and principles, and air-assault-operations planning. Intense focus is given to performance in leadership positions and situational and field-training exercises. Must be fluent, and read and write in Spanish. This is a four week course taught by the Western Hemisphere Institute for Security Cooperation (WHINSEC) at Fort Benning, GA.