Military Science Department

Summer Training Opportunities

Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET) [Up to 7 Credit Hours]

A paid, five week Army internship in a field environment at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This is an opportunity to develop basic leadership skills while experiencing life on a major Army installation. In addition, students have the opportunity to compete for hundreds of available scholarships. Students must have at least 54 credit hours completed and two years of additional studies to attend. Completion of CIET satisfies all basic course requirements and allows progression into the advanced course. Students may also be eligible for a $5,000 bonus. For more information, contact Justin Hirniak at (660) 785-4453 or

MS 302 Advanced Leadership Practicum
Cadet Leadership Course (CLC) [6 Credit Hours]

A paid, five-week practical training exercise in a field training environment at Fort Knox, Kentucky, to develop, demonstrate, and evaluate leadership capabilities. Required for all students during the summer between their junior and senior year prior to commissioning as officers.

Airborne School

This is a three-week school conducted at Fort Benning, Georgia. Cadets in good physical condition may compete for a school allocation. At Airborne School, cadets will train alongside Regular Army officers and enlisted men and women, as well as members of the other armed services, to jump from an Air Force aircraft (C130 and C141). Upon completion of the course, cadets will earn the coveted jump wings and be parachutist qualified. This course is extremely safe and boosts the confidence of all who have the opportunity to attend.

Air Assault School

The Air Assault school, conducted at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, or Fort Benning, Georgia, is two weeks of mental and physical challenges. This school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, instill the Air Assault spirit, and award the Air Assault Badge.

This course, like Airborne, is a fast-paced exercise in mental alertness and physical endurance. You must meet the high standards of the soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) prior to being awarded the Air Assault Badge. Cadet application requirements include the following: successful completion of the Army Physical Fitness test, a valid medical exam stating “Qualified for Air Assault,” and the ability to run at least four miles within a limited amount of time.

Northern Warfare School

This is a two-week course, taught at the U.S. Army Northern Warfare Training Center, Fort Wainwright, Alaska. It teaches students survival techniques in northern climates, as well as basic skills of military mountaineering. Subjects include rock and ice climbing, cold weather survival, rappelling and inland waterway operations. Cadets attending Northern Warfare School must be graduates of CLC.

Mountain Warfare School

Mountain Warfare School is a two-week course taught by the Vermont National Guard at Camp Ethan Allen Training Site (CEATS) in Jericho, Vermont. Both a summer and a winter phase are offered. The training is designed to make you an expert in mountain operations. Mountain Warfare School is both physically and mentally demanding. Training is non-stop, 15 hours per day, for 14 days. Cadets attending Mountain Warfare training must be in top-notch physical condition. The majority of this course is not taught in a garrison environment. It is a tough, combat arms oriented course, and many of the students are from active Special Forces and Ranger battalions.

Simultaneous Membership Program (SMP)

Students are allowed to combine service in the Army National Guard or the college Army ROTC Program. When the student graduates, they commission as a Second Lieutenant in the National Guard or Reserve. The student attends the regular Army ROTC classes at the college while training with their Guard or Reserve unit one weekend a month and two weeks during the summer. If a student is already a member of the Army National Guard or Reserve, they may apply for SMP through the commanding officer.