Leader Development & Assessment Course (LDAC)
The ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) or operation WARRIOR FORGE is the most important training event for an Army ROTC cadet or National Guard Officer Candidate. The 33-day training event incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. WARRIOR FORGE tests intelligence, common sense, ingenuity and stamina. These challenges provide a new perspective on an individual's ability to perform exacting tasks and to make difficult decisions in demanding situations.
WARRIOR FORGE places each cadet and officer candidate in a variety of leadership positions, many of which simulate stressful combat situations. In each position, cadets will receive evaluations from platoon tactical and counseling (TAC) officers and noncommissioned officers. In addition to proving their leadership ability, cadets and officer candidates must meet established standards in physical fitness, weapons training, communication, combat patrols and demonstrate their proficiency in many other military skills. Cadets and officer candidates must excel at WARRIOR FORGE to be considered competitive for a commission as an Army officer.
Over 5000 Army ROTC cadets and National Guard Officer Candidates from throughout the nation will attend WARRIOR FORGE. WARRIOR FORGE will consist of 13 ROTC and 2 OCS training cycles with the first cycle beginning in June and the last cycle graduating in August.
Since 1993, Fort Lewis has hosted WARRIOR FORGE and has conducted Army National Guard Officer Candidate School Phase III training concurrently with WARRIOR FORGE training. Over 600 candidates from units throughout the country will participate in a 15-day training cycle using WARRIOR FORGE sites and facilities. The ROTC committee cadre will provide leadership position evaluations of the candidates, using the same criteria as for ROTC cadet regiments. Each OCS regiment will have its own National Guard tactical staff and will be under the command and control of the Washington State National Guard Military Academy.
One special aspect of WARRIOR FORGE is the Regimental Affiliation Program. Each cadet regiment is affiliated with an established and honored Army Regiment. The cadet battalions adopt the honors, lineage and heraldry of their respective active regiments. The purpose of the program is to infuse each cadet with regimental esprit de corps and pride.