Army leaders are Soldiers First. They must be able to lead Soldiers in tactical situations and be proficient in basic Soldier skills. To ensure this, the Pirate Battalion trains Cadets on Soldier skills such as the following:
Additionally, Pirate Battalion Cadets receive tactical instruction on squad battle drills and have opportunities to compete to attend Army Airborne, Air Assault, Mountaineering, and Northern Warfare schools. In the past year we have sent 13 Cadets to Airborne, Air Assault, or Mountain Warfare school.
The final major training event that you will participate in is the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) at Fort Lewis, Washington. You attend LDAC between your junior and senior years and successful completion is required for commissioning. 25 of our Cadets completed the training in 2010 and 6 of the received an overall excellent rating. This rating is received by the top 20% of Cadets at LDAC. The Pirate Battalion's most prestigious distinction this summer came as Cadet Patricia Marrero was ranked first in her regiment. ECU has a reputation for having top ranked cadets and this year Jeremy Miller was ranked #18 in the nation.
As you can see, the Pirate Battalion is absolutely committed to first rate training that will prepare you for the challenges you will have as an Army officer.