Military Science Department

Additional Training

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)


The Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT) track provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Platoon Leader positions have a 3-4 week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located CONUS and OCONUS.

Cadet wearing camp standing next to Defense Forensic Science Center sign

Specialized Internships

Internships offer 400 opportunities for Cadets who seek additional training in specialized areas such as scientific application, engineering, nursing, medicine, intelligence, and cyber applications based on hosting organizations requests. Examples of available internships include the US Army Corps of Engineers (EIP), MIT Lincoln Lab Internship (MITLL), Museum Internship Program (MIP), the National Security Agency (NSA), Command, Control, Communications, Computers, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), and Army Medical Department (AMEDD) as well as opportunities at West Point and the FBI.

Two nursing students

Nurse Summer Training Program (NSTP)

Cadets with an Academic Major of Nursing are the only Cadets eligible to apply for this program. Cadets are assigned to Army Medical Facilities both in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS) including Europe. NSTP provides nursing Cadets with opportunities to develop and practice leadership in a clinical environment. Cadets work side-by- side with an Army Nurse Corps Officer preceptor.

NSTP Locations

  • Brook Army Medical Center (BAMC), San Antonio, TX
  • Tripler Army Medical Center (TAMC), Honolulu, HI
  • Darnall Army Community Hospital, Fort Hood, TX
  • Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC), Washington, DC
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower Army Medical Center, Fort Gordon, GA
  • William Beaumont Army Medical Center (BAMC), El Paso, TX
  • Landstuhl Regional Medical Center Landstuhl (LRMC), Germany
  • Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC), Fort Bragg, NC
  • Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC), Fort Lewis, WA

Two cadets in Honolulu, Hawaii CDT Benzing and CDT Humphrey spent their summer in Honolulu, Hawaii working at Tripler Army Medical Center in the Operating Room. Aside from working, these cadets had time to explore the island financially covered through the program.

“Getting to work in an Army facility was different from any clinical we have experienced throughout nursing school. We not only learned many valuable nursing skills to take back to Truman, but had the opportunity to hike, parasail, snorkel, and explore the island with other nursing cadets from all across the country.”
—CDT Benzing

What else does Truman ROTC offer?

Northern Warfare Challenge

Northern Warfare Challenge is a 18-mile ruck march up the bluffs surrounding LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Other events of this race include knot tying, fire starting, cold weather casualty care, and weapons marksmanship. This challenge has been deemed “The Hardest Race in ROTC”, and it’s for obvious reasons. Competitors come from across the country in teams of five to transverse the Bluffs of La Crosse, Wis.

Photo: Truman CDT during the 18-mile ruck march.

A group of cadets

Ranger Challenge

This competition is conducted over two days with events consisting of land navigation, grenade throws, basic rifle marksmanship, M-16 disassembly/assembly, and a 6 mile ruck. Teams compete with either 9 or 5 members and train for this event throughout the semester. The mission is to challenge Cadets' mental and physical toughness and to develop leadership while fostering teamwork and esprit- de-corps.

Four Rangers

Ranger Buddy

Similar to Ranger challenge, Ranger buddy is a two person team competing in events such as a 9 mile ruck, medical evacuation, land navigation, and weapon assembly/disassembly, and a 5k run. Partners train throughout the semester in preparation for the competition.

Our Ranger Buddy teams the morning of competition.

Students seated in Black Hawk helicopter looking out windows

Black Hawk Helicopter Ride

Through the support of the Missouri National Guard and joined by a Truman ROTC alumni aviator, cadets and student had the opportunity to ride around Kirksville on Army Black Hawk Helicopters.
Student rappelling down a Rappel Tower

45-foot Rappel Tower

Cadets train annually on our 45-foot rappel tower led by qualified rappel masters to conquer their fears using confidence building techniques.