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Cadet life

ROTC makes the student experience even richer. Join in all the activities and training that are available to you and experience the camaraderie of GSU ROTC.

When you become a part of Army ROTC, you’re not just working toward a diploma, but an even brighter future as a leader alongside other motivated cadets. But make no mistake, you are a student first. You follow a college schedule like your fellow students, but, in the ROTC program, you also receive practical classroom instruction and field courses that challenge and excite you. 

Ranger Challenge team

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 days mental and physical event. Before the competition cadets spend several hours training for this event. The camaraderie, teamwork, and leadership experienced in Ranger Challenge remain 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.

University event

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 does pushups for points scored.

Military Ball

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.

Commissioning ceremony

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.