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The pages attached to this blog site are where we have listed the individual thoughts and perceptions of  2012 CULP  Cadets.  These entries were written by the Cadets while they were on mission and are their thoughts and stories in their own words.

The FY 2013 CULP Deployment application instructions

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Cadets in Benin 2011

The FY 2013 Culture and Language Immersion Deployment  application period is  OPEN!

The Department of the Army Execution Order 070-11 requires United States Army Cadet Command (USACC) conduct overseas cultural deployments in support of worldwide Army Security Cooperation  plans and the Army Culture and Foreign Language Strategy.

USACC performs this task by providing Cadets to perform missions all over the world during the summer training period ( May 25 – August 30). These missions include non-governmental organization (NGO)/Humanitarian service learning projects, Military Exercises, Translator Support, Military to Military contacts, and most recently Cadet English Language Training Teams.

To determine which Cadet attends Culture and Language Deployment Program missions, USACC Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Division annually solicits applications from Cadets through a competitive process.

QUALIFICATIONS

To be eligible to apply and be selected for a CULP Deployment, Cadets must be CONTRACTED, MEDICALLY QUALIFIED (DODMERB COMPLETED), and in GOOD STANDING.

APPLICATION TIME LINE

Cadets apply using the USACC application procedures listed below during the period Sept. 15, 2012 through  Nov. 2, 2012. Once a Cadet completes the on-line application, CULP division requests approval for attendance from his or her Professor of Military Science (PMS). After the close of the application period, CULP Division sends brigade commanders an Order of Merit List (OML) for all recommended Cadets. CULP division bases the OML on the Cadet’s GPA, ROTC GPA, language skills, and other considerations.

After receiving the OML, brigade commanders select attendees from their battalions in accordance with their Cadet Professional Development priorities. They make their final decision by matching each Cadet’s skills against the language and skill requirements for the quota. Traditionally, the selection rate is between 40 and 70 percent (455 selected from 1218 applicants FY11; 1194 selected from 1600 applicants in FY12).

WHAT YOU SHOULD EXPECT

Culture and Language Deployments are NOT tourist tours. Each deployment has a mission that supports the Embassy’s strategic plan for that country. Many of these missions are performed in austere conditions which include unusual living conditions, foods, and risks of common traveler’s illnesses. However during these missions, Cadets receive an education experience unmatched by anything you will do in college.

Deployments are usually 31-33 days long consisting of 5 days Pre-Deployment Soldier Readiness Processing and Training at Fort Knox, 21-23 days in the foreign country to complete the mission, and 3-5 days of Post-Deployment Soldier Readiness Processing, also at Fort Knox. Deployments are generally organized as a section of 9 Cadets and 1 cadre leader (usually a senior officer or a senior NCO). Often, the CULP Division will combine two sections to form a platoon.

While deployed, USACC pays for the Cadet’s transportation, food, lodging, and incidentals. Cadets are not authorized per diem, however they are eligible for ROTC base pay if deployed in excess of 28 days. While deployed, USACC expects Cadets to perform as future officers in the United States Army as they are under scrutiny by host nation military members and citizens. Cadre leaders evaluate leadership and competence during the entire deployment. These evaluations become part of the Cadet’s Professional Development Training File used during the basic branch selection process. Cadets are on active duty for training orders and therefore under the jurisdiction of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

CADET APPLICATION PROCESS

The application process has two steps. First, Cadets need to register on the Army Cadet Portal using these procedures.

CADET LOG-IN PROCEDURES EXTRACT

The Cadet will use this process to gain access to the Army Cadet Portal application to apply for CLIP-B and CULP Deployments.

1. The Cadet will go to https://www.armycadetportal.com.

2. A login screen will appear asking the Cadet to either sign in or create an account.

3. For first time users they must create an account by selecting the ‘create an account’ link in the instructions.

4. Once ‘create an account’ has been selected the Cadet will be taken to the ‘user registration & login’ of My.GoArmy.com webpage.

a. The Cadet must create an account.

b. Enter First Name.

c. Enter Last Name.

d. Select Date of Birth.

e. Enter a valid email address.

f. Enter the security text as it appears.

g. Select ‘continue.’

5. After the Cadet selects continue they will be taken to an email confirmation screen.

6. An email will be sent to the email Address the Cadet entered when completing the account setup.

7. The Cadet can select the Link within the message. It will take them to the set password portion of the ‘create an account’ in My.GoArmy.com.

8. The Cadet will need to set their password.

a. Cadet must select the Date of Birth they entered during a previous step.

b. Enter a Screen Name.

c. Enter a Password. (Please Read the instructions on the webpage for password requirements.)

d. Retype password.

e. Select Finish.

9. After the Cadet selects finish they will be brought to the Army Cadet Portal sign in page.

a. The Cadet must enter the email address they used for creating the account in MygoArmy.com.

b. The Cadet must enter the password they created during the account setup in My.GoArmy.com.

c. Cadet must select ‘sign in’.

10. The Cadet will now be asked to verify their Contracted Status by entering their SSN and Date of Birth.

11. Once the Cadet has been verified by the application they will be brought to the Home screen.

NOW YOU ARE READY TO APPLY FOR YOUR OVERSEAS DEPLOYMENT.

The next step is to create an application. Many of the fields are required so please have your personal and professional information available before you begin. You must have an Army Knowledge On-Line e-mail address before you apply. Additionally, you should have a ROTC Blackboard account, as much of the information about your future administrative and training requirements will only be available on the ROTC Blackboard. Click on “Create New Application” link (Shown above) to begin.

**NOTE-SELECTION IS BASED UPON CADET’S ORDER OF MERIT, COMMANDERS PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PRIORITIES, AND AVAILABILITY OF TRAVEL SPACES. REQUESTING A PARTICULAR REGION DOES NOT GUARANTEE SELECTION FOR A PARTICULAR EVENT.