The UT Martin Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) is known as Skyhawk Battalion and incorporates cadets from Bethel University in McKenzie; Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson; Jackson State Community College, Lane College and Union University in Jackson; and Murray State University in Murray, Ky. Cadets train individually, as university platoons and as a full battalion. The U.S. Army Cadet Command maintains a variety of learning experiences and training opportunities designed to test and challenge those cadets who are committed to joining the United States Army.

Please follow the links below or contact the UT Martin Office of Military Science and Leadership at for more information on the ROTC program or any of the listed internship opportunities.

Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET)

Cadet Initial Entry Training is designed to motivate and qualify cadets for entry into the senior ROTC program. Cadets typically participate in this four-week leadership program between their sophomore and junior years. CIET is conducted at Ft. Knox., Ky., and introduces participants to Army life and leadership. The first few days are spent learning Army basics under the instruction of drill sergeants, after which cadets take an official Army Physical Fitness Test consisting of sit-ups, push-ups and a two-mile run.

Cadets work in small-group teams throughout the course to solve problems, complete obstacle courses and accomplish set goals. Each cadet will also take on a leadership role among his/her peers and confront personal fears such as heights and swimming.

Cadet Leadership Course (CLC)

The Cadet Leadership Course is held annually at Ft. Knox, Ky., and is the U.S. Army Cadet Command’s capstone training event. Most cadets attend CLC between their junior and senior years after officially contracting to join the Army after graduation. Successful completion of CLC is a prerequisite to becoming an Army officer through ROTC. The course lasts 29 days and includes such training segments as land navigation, field leader’s reaction course, weapons familiarization, cultural awareness, first aid, maneuver training, and training in chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive weapons protection.

Cadet Leader Training (CLT)

Cadet Leader Training is a two-track program, and most positions are linked to a specific regiment of the Cadet Leadership Course. The first track, Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT), allows cadets to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and Equipment Units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units located both inside and outside the continental United States. Cadets are assigned unit mentors and provided with on-post lodging and meals. This program is exclusively designed for MSIII cadets before and after completion of CLC.

The second track is Drill Cadet Leadership Training (DCLT), which allows cadets to serve as platoon leaders or executive officers in initial military training companies. Cadets work closely with drill sergeants and other cadre. Position lengths vary in duration depending on the host unit and location. This training gives cadets an opportunity to apply leadership skills, interact with highly skilled and experienced noncommissioned officers and drill sergeants, and improve common task proficiency in an Army training environment. Cadets must attend a Staff Cadre Training Course prior to training in IMT units. This program is exclusively designed for MSIII cadets.

Cadet Practical Field Training (CPTF)

The Cadet Practical Field Training program includes training at army schools and special courses for air assault, basic airborne, mountain warfare, northern warfare, cadet field training at USMA, sandhurst competition, SF combat diver qualification course, cadet leadership development (infantry) WHINSEC and the University Officer Training Center in the United Kingdom.

Cadets must meet eligibility criteria to be selected, and battalion commanders will only prepare and send those with the highest potential to complete CPFT training and become commissioned officers. Cadet Command pays for travel.

Cadet Troop Leader Training Internships (CTLT)

CTLT Internships provide MSIII cadets with an opportunity to exercise specialized language, technical or research skills. Internships range from three to eight weeks long. Those who wish to participate in any internship must meet application requirements, submit an application packet and receive approval. Only cadets approved by their professor of military science and meeting all application requirements at the time of application will be considered for internships. Internship applications are specialized to each program offered. Timelines for submission may vary for some internships. Positions of the following types are available:

Research or Specialty Internships

Degree-based Internships

The Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program

The U.S. Army recognizes the need for young leaders to develop cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills. Cadets can currently compete for cultural immersion opportunities in more than 40 countries. Participants experience up to three different venues during the immersion experience, including humanitarian service, host nation military-to-military contact, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country.

Small groups of approximately 20 cadets, led by senior leader cadre members, travel in conjunction with a civilian or non-governmental agency. Trips last approximately one month, which includes the deployment and a five-day soldier readiness process. CULP slots are awarded on a competitive basic and consider several factors such as GPA, physical fitness, an essay and other selection criteria.