U.S. Army cadets from the Reserve Officer Training Corp (ROTC) are participating in a Cultural Understanding and Leadership Program (CULP) in Argentina for several weeks in June. In partnership with cadets from the Argentine Military Academy (Colegio Militar de la Nacion), 32 U.S. cadets will spend their time immersed in Argentine culture, learning Spanish, and sharing experiences with their Argentine counter-parts. While in Argentina, they are required to wear their military uniforms as part of the military-to-military cultural exchange. They do not enter the country with any weapons nor carry any during their visit.
This is the second year that the cadets with CULP have visited Argentina. Every year hundreds of cadets travel the globe, spending up to three weeks with foreign host military cadets. In Latin America, the ROTC program conducts similar programs in Chile, Brazil, Uruguay, and Paraguay.
CULP 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 2017, 903 ROTC Cadets traveled across the world and participated in Cadet Command’s CULP program to 24 Countries. The future goal is for at least half of all ROTC cadets to complete a CULP Immersion Internship annually.
About ROTC Programs
Founded in 1916, ROTC stands for Reserve Officer Training Corps. It’s a college program offered at over 1,700 colleges and universities across the United States that prepares young adults to become officers in the U.S. Military. In exchange for a paid college education and a guaranteed post-college career, cadets commit to serve in the Military after graduation.