U.S. Cadet Command photo by Jenny Hale

The mission of the U.S. Army Reserve Officer Training Corps is to partner with universities to recruit, educate, develop, and inspire senior ROTC cadets in order to commission officers of character for the Total Army. Critical to the develop and inspire lines of effort is the Cadet Leaders Course, or CLC, a 30-day immersion program at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and a graduation requirement for all ROTC cadets. The purpose of CLC is to allow the cadets to practice and develop small unit leadership skills while solving complex problems in a tactical environment. It is likely to be the single most impactful training event a cadet completes in his or her time in ROTC, and despite some issues with the course and training methodology, there are a few things cadets attending the training can do to maximize the value of their training and development while there.

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