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Drill Cadet Leader Training (CLTL)

Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT) is a 4-week program that provides cadets an opportunity to apply leadership skills, interact with highly skilled and experienced Noncommissioned Officers (NCOs) and drill sergeants, and improve common task skill proficiency in an Army training environment. Cadets serve in positions with the cadre of Initial Entry Training (IET) and One-Station Unit Training (OSUT) units -- Basic Combat Training. Non-SMP MSL III cadets are assigned to the DCLT program by their professor of military science and must successfully complete the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) before proceeding to their assigned position.

The DCLT program does not require an application. All DCLT positions are linked to a specific regiment of LDAC. As a result, attendance to the specific regiment is mandatory. The assigned regiment will not be changed to accommodate personal situations. LDAC will be followed by a mandatory one-week TRADOC Cadre Training Course and then a three week utilization-tour with a IET or OSUT battalion or company. Cadets can expect to interact closely with drill sergeants, basic training soldiers, and support personnel.

Cadets selected for a DCLT program must complete the DCLT Acceptance Statement and email or fax the signed statement to the CPDT program manager at (757) 788-4773.


MSL III Cadets only. Selected cadets must be in peak physical condition to avoid injury and make a positive impression on new soldiers. Cadets must physically prepare for training using exercises in the TRADOC Standardized Physical Training Guide for Basic Combat Training (BCT).

Locations usually include Fort Benniing, Georgia; Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Jackson, South Carolina; Fort Sill, Olkahooma; and Fort Knox, Kentucky. Not all of these opportunities may be available this year. This list is provided for informational purposes only, to assist professors of military science in educating cadets about DCLT.

For more information, contact the Cadet Command CPDT Program Manager at usacc-g3@usaac.army.mil or (757) 788-4773.