In Army ROTC, it's not all classroom and field training. There are many opportunities for you to get to know your fellow cadets better and increase your skills in a variety of areas.
Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to compete with each other completing military tasks at the US Army Ranger School. Ranger Challenge takes place in the fall semester and is a grueling, four day mental and physical event. Prior to the competition cadets spend several hours training for this event. The camaraderie, teamwork, and leadership experienced in Ranger Challenge remains with you throughout your life. Events include: Army Physical Fitness Test, 10k road march, basic rifle marksmanship, obstacle course, land navigation, weapons assembly/disassembly, rope bridge, hand grenades and more.
Cadets participate in many university events: orientation, athletic games, VIP visits, and special celebrations. During the events we provide the color guard and the cannon team for the football games. During the football games the cannon team fires artillery and conducts pushups for points scored.
Each semester we have a military ball. Cadets are allowed to bring dates and family members. This is usually the first time cadets are exposed to some military customs and courtesies. The ball is attended by all cadets, staff, and a military guest speaker.
Each semester several cadets are commissioned into the United States Army during ceremonies held on campus. Families, friends, and other distinguished guests take part in the commissioning ceremony. At the ceremony cadets take the oath of commissioning and are pinned with their gold Second Lieutenant bars.