Military Schools

The Air Assault School, conducted at several army sites, is two weeks of mental and physical challenges. This school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, instill the Air Assault spirit, and award the Air Assault Badge.

During the course you will face such challenges as:

  • Obstacle Course – You will be required to negotiate a demanding obstacle course.
  • Physical Training – PT is conducted daily. Distance runs of up to three miles are standard.
  • Rappelling – You are required to tie a series of knots and conduct graded rappels from walls and helicopters. You must successfully complete three-day and two-night helicopter rappels.
  • Troop Ladder – You will ascend and descend the troop ladder on a 35-foot tower and a CH-47 helicopter.
  • Rigging and Sling Loading – You will be taught and tested on how to prepare, rig, and inspect numerous pieces of Army equipment for helicopter transport.
  • Road Marches – You must complete a six-mile road march in 1 hour and 30 minutes or less; you must also complete, at the end of the course, a 12-mile road march in 3 hours or less.
  • Evaluations – After each phase of training, all students are given a written and practical examination based on a PASS/FAIL system. To graduate, the student must receive a PASS at the end of each phase.

This course, like Airborne, is a fast-paced exercise in mental alertness and physical endurance. You must meet the high standards of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prior to being awarded the Air Assault Badge. Cadet application requirements include the following: successful completion of the Army Physical Fitness test; have a valid medical exam stating "Qualified for Air Assault"; and be able to run at least four miles within a limited time.

Note: the challenges are very physically demanding.

Airborne School

Do you think you have what it takes to step up to the door of an aircraft, look down at the drop zone, jump 1250 feet and land safely — ready to fight?

It takes a special kind of person to volunteer for this assignment: someone with an unflinching spirit of adventure; someone who can put into practice in three minutes things that have taken three weeks to learn; and someone who is willing to live up to the Airborne history of action, dedication, and courage.

If you're that kind of person, the sky's the limit in Airborne.

At Jump School, you'll be introduced to your best friend — your parachute. You'll get to know everything about it. How to wear it, adjust it, use it, the works. You'll also learn all the techniques needed to accomplish your mission with absolute confidence: how to stay loose; get ready for impact; let your legs absorb the shock; roll and collapse your chute quickly; release your harness; unsling your weapon; and deploy into position.

Airborne officers are considered to be among the Army's most valuable combat officers. (Every member of the Rangers and Special Forces — two of the Army's most elite corps — is airborne-qualified.)

And not only Infantry officers can benefit from "going Airborne." Being airborne-qualified will enhance an officer's value to the Army and enhance his or her own chances for a valuable career.

This is a three-week school conducted at Fort Benning, Ga. Cadets in good physical condition may compete for a school allocation. A minimum Physical Fitness score of 250 is required. At Airborne school, cadets will train alongside Regular Army officers and enlisted men and women, as well as members of the other armed services, to jump from an Air Force aircraft (C130 and C17). Upon completion of the course, cadets will earn the coveted jump wings and be parachutist qualified. This course is extremely safe and boosts the confidence of all who have the opportunity to attend.

Leaders Training Course (LTC)

Qualified students who are selected to attend this four-week, paid leadership course receive placement credit upon successful completion LTC for the ROTC Basic Course. This qualifies the student for enrollment into the ROTC Advanced Course. In addition, this leadership course allows the student to qualify for a two-year scholarship. Selected students are offered a scholarship prior to attending camp. Also, a student can earn a scholarship while at the camp, based on demonstrated leadership ability and past academic record. Students who successfully complete the camp are awarded the LTC completion ribbon, which is worn on the cadet uniform.

Cadet Troop Lead Training (CTLT) and Dept. of Defense Internships

The purpose of the CTLT is to expose cadets to the life of a Platoon Leader in an active army TO&E unit, such as the 82nd Airborne Division at Ft. Bragg, and 1st Cavalry Division at Ft. Hood, and the 2nd Infantry Division in Korea. CTLT allows cadets to observe other leadership styles and allow them to develop their own. Cadets must have completed the Leadership Development and Assessment Course to be eligible. The Department of Defense Internships offer opportunities for cadets with special language, technical, or research skills with various agencies to include positions with the Central Identification Laboratory, Defense Information systems Agency, National Ground Intelligence Center, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), Army Science Board, U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Cadets receive an Officer Evaluation Report (OER) upon completion of CTLT.

Career Opportunities

After graduating from Montana State University- Billings, students who complete the ROTC program receive a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. They then have the option of serving on full-time Active Duty or part-time in the National Guard or Army Reserves. Regardless, the Army does require an 8 year commitment. As with all organization of its size, the Army has many different components and that means there are many different jobs within the Army. As an officer, you will be responsible for overseeing 20-40 Soldiers, much like a manager would in the civilian sector. See Army Careers & Jobs for more information about specific branches.

You can commission into any of the following branches. Further in your career you can choose from even more branches or functional areas:

Except for the health professions, an officer's specialty in the Army does not have to be related to his or her university academic degree. New lieutenants who go into the Regular Army serve on active duty for four years, and may then transfer into the reserves or extend their Active Duty commitment. Lieutenants commissioned in the National Guard or Army Reserve serve their entire tour in the Reserves, though they do have the option of later joining Active Duty.

Career Options with a Graduate Degree

Army career fields that require a graduate degree are not typically available to commissioned officers until after the sixth year of commissioned service. These include the following:

  • United States Military Academy at West Point Faculty
  • Foreign Area Officers (Military attaches to the U.S. Diplomatic Corps)
  • White House Fellowships
  • Operational Research and Systems Analysts
  • Army Acquisition Corps personnel (Research and Development), and
  • ROTC professors of Military Science

Officers accepted into these career fields attend leading universities, and the Army often pays for these graduate programs.

Potential Career Growth

  • Promotion from Second to First Lieutenant is approximately 18 months
  • Promotion from First Lieutenant to Captain is approximately 18 months
  • Promotion from Captain to Major is approximately six and a half years
  • Promotion from Major to Lieutenant Colonel is approximately five and a half years

The United States military pays its Soldiers well, and you can expect raises in your pay with every rank and every few years in service. The tables below detail how much you can expect to earn at each of the company-grade officer positions during the first few years of service. Remember that this is only the base pay rate and does not include the allowances most officers on Active Duty qualify for such as the Basic Allowance for Housing, Basic Allowance for Subsistence, Family Separation Allowance.

Active Duty (FY 2012) – per month

Years of Service < 2 2+ 3+ 4+ 6+
O-3 (Captain) $3771 $4275 $4615 $5031 $5272
O-2 (1st Lieutenant) $3259 $3711 $4274 $4419 $4510
O-1 (2nd Lieutenant) $2828 $2944 $3559 $3559 $3559

Drill Pay (FY 2012) – per weekend drill

Years of Service < 2 2+ 3+ 4+ 6+
O-3 (Captain) $503 $570 $615 $670 $703
O-2 (1st Lieutenant) $434 $495 $570 $589 $601
O-1 (2nd Lieutenant) $377 $392 $474 $474 $474