Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET)

Start building that gold star résumé this summer at the US Army Cadet Command's Cadet Initial Entry Training-Lateral Entry (CIET-LE), a 28-day paid intensive leadership internship at Fort Knox, KY.- Set yourself apart from the herd and get the attention of prospective corporate employers after college!

The need for effective leadership transcends all domains of human endeavor and enterprise. Learn how to become a leader of character and distinction, with subsequent opportunities to serve the public in a noble and honorable calling.

Try CIET-LE out without commitment. For those who successfully graduate and want to continue further, you can earn a two-year full-paid scholarship and an excellent career starter opportunity as a military officer in the US Army, leading other Americans in challenging and worthwhile missions.


  • Be a U.S. citizen.
  • Be between 17 and 30 years old.
  • Be enrolled in college full time in pursuit of a baccalaureate or advanced degree and have between two and three years of school remaining.
  • Have a cumulative GPA of least 2.0 on a 4.0 scale. 
  • Meet military medical qualification standards.Have no civil convictions (unless waiver is approved).
  • Have no more than three dependents (unless waiver is approved).


  • Rappelling / Rock Climbing
  • Teamwork Development Course
  • Water Survival / Stream Crossing
  • First Aid
  • Leadership Reaction Course
  • Basic Map Reading / Land Navigation / Orienteering
  • Rifle Marksmanship
  • Confidence Course

The Challenge

You attend school in hopes of one day attaining the all-important college degree. But do you ever find yourself thirsting for more? Are you seeking additional challenges? Do you have other aspirations? Are you among the upper echelon - the elite - the select few that have the ability and drive to become leaders? Examples of others who have chosen this very path are all around you. They are your peers. They are Army ROTC Cadets - and you can join them by attending the Cadet Initial Entry Training (CIET).

The Cadet Initial Entry Training

CIET-LE is an exhilarating 28-day experience meant to give you the best leadership development in the world. It takes place during the summer at Fort Knox, KY. Specifically, the course is designed for people like you — highly charged individuals with two years of college remaining, whether undergrad or grad. It is an accelerated version of the two years of leadership development the Armey ROTC Cadets received on campus. Ultimately, the skills you gain will qualify you for enrollment in the Advanced Army ROTC and put you on the right path to become an Army or Army Reserve Officer.

The Mission

The purpose is to help you maximize you potential as a person — physically, mentally and emotionally. Once there, you will be grouped in squads of people with the same determination and passion as yourself. You'll develop leadership skills, receive constructive feedback and gain a firsthand experience of what it's like to be in the U.S. Army.

The Guts: 4 weeks - 4 phases

Soldier First Phase

Get immersed in the ways of the Army. There will be physical training, drills and ceremonies to prepare you for the upcoming weeks. You will also spend time working together as a team to overcome obstacles in simulated tactical situations.

Warrior Leader Phase

Prepare for adventure. You will build on the basics of the first phase by participation in such activities as combat water survival, rappelling, land navigation and marksmanship.

Bold Leader Phase

Time to lead. Cadets you will be given exercises in which you are expected to lead your squad in every part of a mission — from receiving orders and analyzing the terrain to making a plan and attaining the objective.

Future Leader Phase

The finale. Receive guidance from your CIET-LE instructors to gather a sense of your accomplishments over the past few weeks. Then organize and take part in your Family Day, graduation and awards ceremonies.

The Glory

The Cadet Initial Entry Training is a foundation - a building block - a step in the right direction for whatever it is you want to accomplish in life. It is an opportunity to receive a leadership experience unlike any other. You will learn about people, situations, circumstances and most importantly yourself. Undoubtedly, you will leave with a sense of the honor and distinction that comes from serving in the U.S. Army. You will appreciate the Army's Code of Ethics and respect its values. And see firsthand how the benefits of the CIET training will extend well beyond your college years. You may even qualify for a two-year scholarship that may cover your college tuition and many other expenses.