In addition to coursework, ROTC offers many programs for cadets to participate in on and off campus.
Cadets have the opportunity to attend Army schools and training events during the summer months. Cadets at Davidson have attended the following events in recent years:
Other available opportunities include:
We conduct an FTX each semester as a partner of the UNC-Charlotte Army ROTC battalion. Training includes, but is not limited to:
Cadets are required to attend leadership labs. These are key training events that involve each cadet on campus. They serve as the practical application to the topics discussed during military science classes. Instruction includes tactical training scenarios, map reading, and land navigation.
Each cadet plays a role at each lab:
Each spring the Davidson ROTC program participates in a military ball along with all Army cadre and cadets in the UNC-Charlotte Army ROTC program. Cadets invite guests to attend this formal event which includes a dinner, skits, a guest speaker, and dancing.
Effective Army leaders must be physically fit and be able to lead by example. Cadets conduct PT as a group each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday morning from 0615 - 0730. Cadets that need further development attend a special PT session on Thursday afternoons. Cadet leaders create a PT plan for each semester that specifies the instructor, event, and meeting location for each session. Typical workouts include running, ruck marching, weight lifting, swimming, and, of course, push-ups and sit-ups. Each cadet takes the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) for record at the end of each semester. This test consists of push-ups, sit-ups, and a 2-mile run. All PT sessions are conducted at Davidson College.
Warrior Forge, also called the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC), is ROTC's culminating training event. Held at Fort Lewis in Washington, every cadet in the nation attends this course during the summer between the junior and senior year. During this 32-day course, each cadet will be evaluated on his/her ability to lead peers and proficiency in soldier tasks such as rifle marksmanship and land navigation.