Cadet Summer Training

In support of the USMA Military Program, the Department of Military Instruction (DMI) provides operations officers for the following Cadet Summer Training events that are comparable to battalion and brigade levels of responsibility.

Cadet Basic Training

Cadet Basic Training (CBT) is a complex, demanding progression of sequenced training requirements and events, which form the foundation for all future instruction at the United States Military Academy (USMA). It trains, instructs, inspires, and transitions new cadets from civilians to cadets, and begins to inculcate the fundamental military skills and values necessary to develop leaders of character strongly committed to military service. At its conclusion, new cadets obtain the skills and competences necessary to receive academic, military, physical, and character instruction from the USMA staff and faculty.

Cadet Field Training

Cadet Field Training is a three-to-four week program of instruction that emphasizes general military skills, individual preparedness training, preparations for extended field operations, and leading, participating in, and conducting small unit tactical operations. The purpose of Cadet Field Training is to develop, train, test, and validate specific tasks; prepare Third Class cadets to assume duties as NCOs in the Corps of Cadets; instill the warrior ethos in each cadet; and inspire each cadet to professional excellence through physically and mentally demanding training.

Cadet Leader Development Training

Cadet Leader Development Training trains, mentors, and assesses basic leadership skills focusing on Troop Leading Procedures (TLPs), effective communication, and tactical decision making in order to develop competent and confident small unit leaders capable of operating in an uncertain and rapidly changing environment. In a series of tactical scenarios that reflect the Decisive Action Training Environment, cadets experience a minimum of two assessed leadership positions that provide the cadet with a common experience to further enhance his/her leadership ability to solve difficult tactical problems. Cadets enrolled in this culminating military science course must achieve the following learning objectives:

  • Leadership under stress
  • Tactical problem solving
  • Technical proficiency expected of Lieutenants

Military Individual Advanced Development Schools

Cadets participate in various military schools during the summer training period such as Air Assault School, Airborne School, Combat Dive School and Sapper School. These Army-run schools train and provide specific skills to cadets who will use them as commissioned officers following their graduation from West Point.