Taken from: http://clc.futurearmyofficers.com/2016/08/cadets-of-8th-regiment-advanced-camp-move-on-the-next-journey/
Advanced Camp is held annually at Fort Knox, Kentucky. Advanced Camp is the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s capstone training event. The 29-day course starts with individual training and leads to collective training, building from simple to complex tasks. This building-block approach permits integration of previously-learned skills into follow-on training.
Every day at Advanced Camp is a day of training. Below are some highlights:
- Land Navigation: The Land Navigation evaluation consists of three events – Land Navigation Written Exam, one iteration of Day Land Navigation, and one iteration of Night Land Navigation.
- Confidence Training: This includes the rappel tower, a confidence course, and the obstacle course.
- Field Leader’s Reaction Course: FLRC is designed to develop and evaluate leadership, and to build teamwork early in the training cycle. Cadets are provided the opportunity to get early feedback on their leadership strengths, weaknesses, styles and techniques.
- 12 Mile Road March: Cadets will complete a 12 Mile road march under 4 hours with a 35 pound ruck to culminate their training experience.
- Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, Explosive Training: CBRNE teaches Cadets how to administer a nerve agent antidote, how to protect themselves from chemical and biological contamination using their assigned protective mask, decontaminate themselves and individual equipment using chemical decontaminating kits and how to react to chemical or biological hazard/attack. In addition, Cadets must go through the CS gas chamber.
- U.S. Weapons Familiarization: Familiarizes cadets with the operation and employment of infantry squad weapons and call for fire grid missions. The Cadets train in the fundamentals of operation and engaging of targets and emplacement of crew-served weapons such as the M-249 and M-240B.
- Cultural Awareness: Teaches cadets a basic understanding of cultural matters and how cultural awareness will facilitate mission success. Cadets learn how to conduct bi-lateral discussions with local officials, how to conduct a knock and search mission and how to defuse volatile situations using an interpreter.
- First Aid: Cadets develop confidence in their ability to react properly to battlefield wounds. Through hands-on training and evaluation, cadets learn critical first aid skills.
- Tactics: Squad Situational Training and Patrolling Situational Training Exercises have been combined under the tactics committee. They take place back-to-back while cadets are at the Tactical Training Base.
The purpose of the course is to train U.S. Army ROTC Cadets to Army standards, to develop their leadership skills, and to evaluate their officer potential. Most Army Cadets attend Advanced Camp between their junior and senior undergraduate years after having contracted to join the Army. Successful completion of Advanced Camp is a prerequisite to becoming an Army officer through ROTC.