For more information:
Contact the CULP Deployment Coordinator at:
Application window for CULP assignments opens 15 September and closes 31 October.
Go to link below to apply:
Army Cadet Portal*
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About the Program
For Army ROTC Cadets, the world is their classroom. Every year hundreds of Cadets travel the globe, spending up to three weeks immersed in foreign cultures, learning more about how others around the world view the U.S. and, in the process, learning more about themselves.
The Army recognizes the need for young leaders to develop more cultural awareness and foreign language proficiency skills. Now more than ever, cultural awareness training is a vital component to the ROTC curriculum. Overseas immersions help educate future leaders in ways the classroom cannot.
Cadets now have the opportunity to compete for immersion in more than 20 countries. These opportunities expose them to everyday life in different cultures and intensifies language study, which helps produce commissioned officers who possess the right blend of language and cultural skills required to support global operations in the 21st Century.
Participants experience up to three different venues during immersion, including host nation military-to-military exchange, humanitarian service, and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country. In 2018, CU&LP deployed teams of SROTC Cadets (May thru August) to develop culturally astute future leaders, strengthen strategic relationships, and support theater security cooperation objectives. Cadet Command sent 959 Cadets and 150 cadre to 26 different countries supporting Combatant Command security cooperation lines of effort.
The CULP Experience
Immersion into foreign cultures exposes Cadets to the realities that other countries have vastly different lifestyles, economic standing and world perspective.
Cadets travel in small groups led by senior leader cadre. Trips typically incorporate approximately 11 Cadets and a cadre member traveling in conjunction with a civilian agency or non-governmental agency.
The trips last approximately one month, which encompasses the deployment as well as a five-day Soldier readiness process. CULP slots are awarded on a competitive basis and take into account several factors, such as GPA, physical fitness, language ability, and other pertinent selection criteria.
Where We Go
Click the stars on the map below to learn more about each location.
To be eligible to apply and be selected for a CULP Deployment, Cadets must be CONTRACTED, MEDICALLY QUALIFIED (DODMERB COMPLETED), and in GOOD STANDING.
INELIGIBLES --DO NOT APPLY IF:
1. Cadet is Green to Gold ADO (Active Duty Option).
2. Cadet has previously deployed on a CULP mission.
3. Cadet will not be enrolled full time and present at program thru AY 18-19 (Do not apply if conducting study abroad in either semester.)
What You Should Expect
Culture and Leadership Deployments are NOT tourist vacations. Each deployment has a mission that supports the Combatant Commander's strategic security cooperation objectives for that country. Many of these missions are performed in VERY austere conditions which include unusual living conditions, foods, and risks of common traveler's illnesses. However, during these missions, Cadets receive an education and experience unmatched by anything you will do in college. Each Deployment is comprised of 3 Mission sets (Mil to Mil, Community Outreach and Cultural / Language Exchange).
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