The mission of the Leader Development and Assessment Course is to train U.S. Army ROTC cadets to Army standards and to develop leadership and evaluate officer potential. This is accomplished through a tiered training structure using light infantry tactics as the instructional medium.
The Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT) Committee provides an accurate assessment of each cadet’s fitness level by testing each cadet in accordance with APFT, TC 3-22.20. The Cadets receive a calibrated assessment of their ability to pass the Army Physical Fitness test. The test consists of two minutes of push-ups, two minutes of sit-ups and a 2 Mile Run course. Cadets are also briefed on the importance of Physical Training as a part of a comprehensive individual combat readiness plan.
The Land Navigation Committee develops, assesses and trains cadets in basic dismounted land navigation skills. Cadets demonstrate their ability to perform basic land navigation skills during day and night conditions on a verified course in varied terrain where they must find 4 of 6 Points in 4 hours on day course and 2 of 4 points in 2.5 hours on the night course. Cadets who are successful will also be taught more advanced land navigation skills and associated tasks, which include mounted land navigation, range estimation, terrain analysis, call for fire and range / sector cards.
The Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Committee trains Cadets on CBRN tasks and develops the cadet’s confidence in the U.S. Army’s protective mask and JSLIST clothing. Cadets learn correctly wear, operate and have confidence in their CBRN clothing and equipment. The cadets get an appreciation of the leadership challenges and constraints associated with operating in a CBRN environment by participating in a Situational Training Exercise that tests the Cadets CBRN skills in a physically challenging environment (Cobalt Challenge). The culminating experience at CBRN is to experience the CS chamber. Cadets gain confidence in their equipment by training in the CS Chamber.
The Confidence Committee challenges cadet’s strength, agility physical and mental courage. Over two separate sessions, cadets gain confidence in their ability to mentally and physically over come irrational fears and challenges. Cadets attempt to complete all elements of the obstacle, confidence and water confidence courses. The cadets apply effective team building techniques while negotiating Squad Obstacle Course, Squad (Zodiac) Maneuver Course, and Leader Reaction Course. Each Cadet rappels from a 17 foot and 37 foot tower, executes the Confidence Course, Log Walk Rope Drop & Slide for Life during their training with the Confidence Committee,
The Basic Rifle Marksmanship / Live Fire (BRM/LF) Committee is tasked with familiarizing cadets with select US weapons, capabilities and employment techniques. Cadets receive training in order to conduct zero/qualification with the M16A2 rifle, to gain confidence in his or her assigned weapon and in his or her training by engaging targets on the Down Range feed Back Range, and participating in a Hand Grenade Assault Course with practice grenades as part of a buddy team. After a cadet has qualified on his or her M16A2, cadets will receive additional training in preparation for conducting a cadet lead cadre supervised Squad Live Fire, engaging targets from a variety of positions in a tactical setting, the culmination of all their BRM training. Each cadet will also receive training and will live fire familiarize with the M249 Squad Automatic Weapon (SAW) and the M240B Machine Gun (MG). Cadets also receive familiarization training with the employment, operational capabilities, and effects of an Improvised Explosive Device (IED), Vehicle Borne Improvised Explosive Device (VBIED), and Explosive Formed Projectile (EFP) in order to better prepare Cadets to conduct tactical operations Upon completion of all BRM training, cadets are prepared for future collective training and have confidence in their weapon system.
The Cultural Awareness (CA) Committee exposes cadets to cultural factors; ethical dilemmas, politics, religion, economics and their potential impact on Military Operations and Mission Accomplishment within the Contemporary Operating Environment (COE). Warrior Forge utilizes the Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) Common Teaching Scenario – Caucasus Region depicting U.S. Forces in support of a friendly nation. Cadets examine and reflect upon the impact cultural awareness has on military operations and gain an understanding that culture matters and that cultural awareness will facilitate mission success.
The Field Leader Reaction Course (FLRC) Committee builds teamwork among cadet squads in a tactical environment. Cadet squads are presented with 12 different problems to solve as the squad rotates through the course. Leadership is rotated for each problem. Within 45 minutes, each cadet squad leader will receive an operations order, conduct troop leading procedures, devise a plan, issue an operations order, and attempt to solve the problem.
The First Aid Committee is tasked with training and testing cadets on selected first aid tasks. By the end of the training, each cadet is capable of applying life-saving first aid techniques to ensure unit member survivability on the modern battlefield. The committee utilizes training aids and resources to teach and test to the Combat Lifesaver standard the following tasks: Evaluate a Casualty, Airway Management, CPR, Chest Wounds, Control Bleeding and treat for Shock. The cadets also participate in a squad level situational exercise that incorporates administering first aid in a tactical setting. Cadets walk away from training with realization that every Soldier, regardless of rank, must be able to administer aid to their fellow soldier.
Tactical Leader Development:
The Tactical Leader Development (TLD) Committee creates a challenging tactical environment over seven days, that provides a unique opportunity founded in the contemporary operating environment (COE) and basic squad and platoon level maneuver doctrine to observe and develop leadership potential. During their training at TLD, cadets are shown what right looks like during the tactical leader training as they are mentored by cadre. Cadets successfully demonstrate small unit leadership skills in a training scenario that represents the COE, receiving one squad-level evaluation during the traditional Squad Situational Training Exercise (STX). Cadets are then provided an opportunity to lead in several platoon positions during the last two days of TLD. Cadets receive a second evaluation for their overall performance at TLD.
The Mission Command Committee exposes cadets to modern Mission Command and training opportunities available in the modern Army. Through leadership discussions and hands-on familiarization, cadets gain an understanding of leadership on the modern battlefield and training simulations that are available to help them prepare for modern battle. Utilizing the Mission Training Complex facility at JBLM, qualified instructors facilitate cadet participate in a leadership discussion that highlights modern battlefield command and control. Additionally, cadets become familiar with training simulations by participating in a virtual Squad STX to prepare for follow-on military operations.
Task Force GOLD:
Task Force GOLD’s mission is to familiarize the cadets by synchronizing the Road to War Brief, ARI testing, Sex Signals Training, and the Accessions Briefing to establish an environment conducive to ensuring Cadets possess basic knowledge required to make informed decisions and successfully lead others. Through the leadership discussions and briefings, cadets gain an understanding of leadership that allow them to make informed decisions.