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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- College students from all over are getting a crash course in all things Army.
For 29 days their physical abilities will be tested and pushed to the limit in the unforgiving wilderness of Fort Knox.
"This course here is teaching me all the confidence building and all the different things I never knew I had within my self," Kentucky State University Alex Davie.
Davie is among 200 soon to be juniors cycling through the first wave of the intense ROTC Leadership Training Course.
"What we're looking for are scholars, athletes and leaders," explained Col. Jen Bower of the ROTC LTC.
This is the first of 7 groups to participate in the training this summer. The students come from schools all across the country and from as far away as Puerto Rico and Guam.
With the ongoing war in Afghanistan these cadets are well aware of what they're signing up for.
"War or not I'm willing to serve this great nation," said Davie.
The purpose of the course is to see if these cadets have what it takes. Not only to be just one of a the pack, but rather a leader in the military.
So these students are required to practice calling the shots, heading up a squad, and even a platoon.
"We want them to have a chance to lead others and develop their own leadership style," said Col Bower.
But, not just anyone has to option to sign up. To be part of this elite leadership program a recommendation is required.
"I'm from Boston University I'm sending 5 cadets this year," Col. Bower.
But ultimately the decision is up to the cadets themselves. They have yet to sign a contact with the Army, so they can choose to drop out if they want. Up until this point, two cadets in this group have gone home -- quickly realizing a life in the Army just wasn't for them.
About 25 percent of the Cadets who go through Fort Knox this summer will also make that call.