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CST

The ROTC Cadet Summer Training (CST) is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet or National Guard Officer Candidate. The 32-day camp incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. The Cadet Summer Training (CST) tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations.

The course places each cadet and officer candidate in a variety of leadership positions, many of which simulate stressful combat situations. In each position, cadets are evaluated by platoon tactical and counseling (TAC) officers and noncommissioned officers. In addition to proving their leadership ability, cadets and officer candidates must meet established standards in physical fitness, weapons training, communication, combat patrols and demonstrate their proficiency in many other military skills. Cadets and officer candidates must excel at camp to be considered competitive for a commission as an Army officer.

Over 5000 Army ROTC cadets and National Guard Officer Candidates from throughout the nation will attend the ROTC National Advanced Leadership Camp. The camp will consist of 14 ROTC and 2 OCS training cycles with the first cycle beginning in June and the last cycle graduating in August.

Since 1993, the Fort Lewis Cadet Summer Training (CST) has conducted Army National Guard Officer Candidate School Phase III training concurrently with Advanced Course training. Over 600 candidates from units throughout the country will participate in a 15 day training cycle using Advanced Course sites and facilities. The ROTC committee cadre will provide leadership position evaluations of the candidates, using the same criteria as for ROTC cadet regiments. Each OCS regiment will have its own National Guard tactical staff and will be under the command and control of the Washington State National Guard Military Academy.

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