The ROTC Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) is the most important training event for an Army ROTC Cadet or National Guard Officer Candidate. The 32-day course incorporates a wide range of subjects designed to develop and evaluate leadership ability. The challenges are rigorous and demanding, both mentally and physically. LDAC 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.
The course places each Cadet and Officer Candidate in a variety of leadership positions, many of which simulate stressful combat situations. In each position, cadets are evaluated by 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 LDAC 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 LDAC. The course consists of (14) ROTC and (2) Officer Candidate School training cycles with the first cycle beginning in June and the last cycle graduating in August.