US Army Specialized Schools
UC Davis Army ROTC Cadets have the opportunity to attend many of the US Army's special training schools. These challenging schools provide our Cadets with the opportunity to prove themselves amongst current service members of all ages and job fields with years of military experience. Upon successful completion of the US Army special training schools, ROTC Cadets get to join the elite Soldiers who wear these badges. These are some of the few Army badges that Cadets can earn in ROTC and still wear when they are commissioned Army Officers. There are four main schools that Cadets may attend through the US Army: Air Assault School, Airborne School, Ranger School, and the Sapper Leader course.
Air Assault School
U.S. Army Air Assault School is a 10-day course at Fort Campbell, Kentucky designed to prepare Soldiers for insertion, evacuation, and pathfinder missions that call for the use of multipurpose transportation and assault helicopters. Air Assault training focuses on the mastery of rappelling techniques and sling load procedures. These are skills that involve intense concentration and a commitment to safety and preparation.
Becoming a paratrooper at Airborne School is a unique experience requiring special dedication and a desire to be challenged mentally and physically. This three-week course at Fort Benning, Georgia, also known as Basic Airborne Course, teaches Soldiers the techniques involved in parachuting from airplanes and landing safely.
Ranger School is one of the toughest training courses for which a Soldier can volunteer. Army Rangers are experts in leading Soldiers on difficult missions— and to do this they need rigorous training. For over two months, Ranger students train to exhaustion, pushing the limits of their minds and bodies.
Sapper Leader Course
The Sapper Leader Course is a demanding 28 day leadership development course for combat engineers at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri. The course reinforces critical skills and teaches advanced techniques needed across the Army. The Sapper Leader Course is also designed to build Esprit de Corps by training Soldiers in troop leading procedures, demolitions, and mountaineering operations. The course culminates in an intense field training exercise that reinforces the use of the battle drills and specialized engineer techniques learned throughout the course.