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Cadets talk about their summer training

Each year between the sophomore and junior years our cadets have an opportunity to attend a variety of training schools.

Airborne School

"I attended US Army Airborne School in Fort Benning. This was a long school where I learned basic parachutist skills, and how to be combat effective from air deployment. I was allowed to conduct five official jumps from C-17 aircrafts, an experience that I will remember for the rest of my life. This summer was an excellent opportunity for me to learn and grow as both a Cadet, and a future officer, and I can't wait to utilize these skills the Army has thought me. My advice for future cadets wishing to attend these schools is simple, if you are in Southern Georgia in the summer time be ready to hydrate." Cadet Herrick

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Air Assault School

"My overall experience at the US Army Air Assault School was very memorable. I had personally never gone to a legitimate Military school before so once day Zero began I was in an entirely new ballgame. I learned all about the different aircraft that the Army uses as well as different rappelling techniques. Throughout the experience you really get a sense of what you are made of in regards to your physical limitations and how much you can learn while under stress. From Sling Loads to basic helicopter knowledge you essentially have to sleep with your hand book in order to retain the vast amount of information that is presented to you during the classes. In the end the culminating event of the whole course is the 12 mile Ruck march. What made this one of the most physically demanding as well as fun events of the course was the fact that it was raining the entire time. To some this would damper moral, but after spending the entirety of the course in Ft. Benning heat, we could not have asked for better conditions. Overall I had a great time at Air Assault course, and I can say that it was the most fun I never want to have again." Cadet Lafranconi

"I went to the Sabaluski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell.  It was a great experience where I learned a lot about Army aircrafts, external load operations, and rappelling.  It was fun to be around a lot of enlisted guys while learning a lot from them.  My attention to small details is much greater now." Cadet Mcormick

"I attended the US Army Air Assault School at Fort Benning GA. This was a both a mentally and physically demanding school that was challenging from day zero, and I learned various practical tasks that will be invaluable in my future deployments." Cadet Herrick

"My summer training started down in Ft. Benning, GA at Air Assault School. At Air Assault, I was up every day at 0445 for PT. The toughest PT session was titled "Push Up and Sit Up Improvement". You can use your imagination to understand what PT entailed. The most rigorous part academically of Air Assault was the sling load portion. As an Air Assault graduate, you must be competent in rigging and inspecting sling loads. The Army uses sling loads to move heavy and large objects via helicopter. Anything from Humvees to Howitzers can be attached to the bottom of a helicopter. To graduate the course, I completed a 12 mile road march with a 40 lb. ruck in less than 3 hours. Earning my wings is one of my biggest accomplishments." Cadet Belanger

"This summer I had the opportunity to attend Air Assault School. For Air Assault school I was a phase two drop but still had a positive learning experience. I learned a lot from hearing stories from active duty soldiers. They shared stories from deployments and also just normal garrison life." Cadet Kearney

"My experience at Air Assault School was both a great learning opportunity and a great test of my determination. I learned about several important activities central to air assault operations, such as sling load operations, assault operations and rappelling. The sling load inspection test was certainly the most difficult part, because I have never had to pay such close attention to minute details. After passing, I felt a great sense of relief knowing the hardest part was complete. My determination was tested several times over the 10 day course. The most trying experience was the 12 mile ruck march. I have never been very strong at completing a ruck march, so completing 12 mile was a great accomplishment. Overall, my experience was a great boost to my military knowledge and, personal strength." Cadet Rohall

"I attended Air Assault School; a 10 and a half day course of intense training. It was filled with 2:30am wake up calls and long working days. While times it was long and tiring it was also worth it in the end. The amount of information I learned and to have the opportunity to ride and then rappel out of helicopter made it all worth it in the end." Cadet Schulcz

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CULP

"I went to Bangkok for 3 weeks with the CULP Program.  This was a very rewarding experience.  I taught Thai 1st and 2nd graders Basic English and gym class.  The most important thing that I took out of this experience is to be thankful for what we have here in the US.  I now have a greater understanding of the quality of life that we have as US citizens and I am very eager to play a role in defending that." Cadet Mcormick

"Over the months June and July, I attended CULP. My group traveled to Bosnia. We were on a Mil to Mil mission involving visiting and learning about the Bosnian Armed forces. We visited three infantry brigades and one MP brigade. The Bosnian Armed forces came across as extremely professional and very eager to impress us. At the moment, they are trying to improve their military up to NATO standards. Spending a month in Bosnia was a great experience." Cadet Belanger

"For CULP I went to Croatia. It was an amazing experience. The mission was a mil to mil mission, meaning we were integrated within the Croatian army. We had a week where we were integrated within each of their active duty units and spent all days training with them doing things from riding in M-84 tanks to shooting their newest weapons. We had a week where we were integrated with the Croatian Cadets. We did a week of their LDAC, which consisted of: squad STX, Patrolling and firing range. It was a good experience because we were able to be put in leadership positions and get the feel of what MSIII year would be like." Cadet Kearney

"For my CULP experience, I was given the opportunity to go to Romania. While in country, I worked alongside Romanian soldiers (Special Forces and Paratroopers) teaching English. We spent most of our time on the base over there and I was able to experience how the military in another country operates. Much of the military culture there was familiar and similar to our country. One of the most enjoyable parts of the mission was when we had classes from the Romanian soldiers and did PT with them. On my mission, I was also able to learn from the soldiers and participate in survival training, run by the Special Forces, and run STX lanes sharing leadership roles with the foreign soldiers. Off base we were taken on tours every weekend by the soldiers to different parts of the country. I was able to visit Transylvania and the Black Sea. We also were lucky enough to explore the town we stayed in with the soldiers who lived there. They were like our own personal tour guides, which I think provided for a more authentic visit. Also, throughout the duration of the mission we were assigned leadership roles. This was a great learning experience in preparation for LDAC because we lead our peers, who were all form different schools, and I gained insight on how advanced I am because of UD. All in all, CULP was one of the most rewarding trips I have ever been able to go on." Cadet Kidd

"This summer I had the opportunity to go to Costa Rica for CULP. While in Costa Rica I got to spend time working in a nursing home. Being immersed in a new culture was an experience of a life time. This was my first time ever out of the country and I couldn't have been happier to have gone to Costa Rica. While we were there to work and experience a new culture it was nice also nice to spend a weekend on the beach." Cadet Schulcz

"This summer I was lucky enough to go on a CULP deployment. I went to the Republic of Togo on the Western coast of Africa. It is a small sliver of a country tucked between Ghana to the left, Benin to the right and Burkina Faso to the North. Our mission was to teach English to the African Cadets at the military academy EFOFAT. Although that was our main purpose, it was not all we did. We climbed the mountain that overlooked the part of the country we were staying as well as saw an age old ritual called Evala where young men wrestle in order to gain their manhood. Although we were only there for a little under a month it will be an experience I will never forget. I made a lot of great friends, some who came on the trip on me as well as those I was sent to teach. It is an opportunity I would advise everyone to take." Cadet Rinehart

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US Army Engineering Divers

"Over the summer, I had the privilege of attending time honored and historic Army Schools, as well as, working with some of the Army's best men and women.  I worked with US Army Engineering Divers in Fort Stewart GA, and recertified in deep-sea diver operations. I conducted missions as the lead diver, beach and river recon, bridge recon, underwater construction, sonar operations, and mine/countermine operations. This was an exciting and challenging time, and I am honored that my skills were sufficient enough to be qualified as one of the few US Army Divers." Cadet Herrick

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