Ranger Challenge

The Ranger Challenge team provides cadets with another opportunity for exciting and challenging training. Ranger Challenge is Army ROTC’s “varsity sport.” Annually, more than three-hundred universities nationwide field teams to compete in a series of challenging events. Locally, cadets compete against twenty-two schools from the western United States in the Fourth ROTC Region Championship at Camp Roberts, California. Training for this event includes rigorous physical fitness workouts, information classes on various elements of light infantry tactics, and a weekend Field Training Exercise where rifle marksmanship, rope bridging, land navigation, and other skills are practiced.

Competition Events

Events include:

  • Basic rifle marksmanship
  • Land navigation
  • The Army physical fitness test
  • Field leadership reaction course
  • Weapons assembly/disassembly
  • Obstacle course
  • Ten-kilometer forced road march
  • One rope bridge

Who Can Join?

The Ranger Challenge team is required to have between eight to ten cadets in order to compete. All cadets are eligible to try out for the team, men and women, scholarship and non-scholarship cadets in all years of military science. What is really required to be on the Ranger Challenge team is desire, commitment to the team, and as the name implies, the willingness to go further then you ever thought you could.

Time Commitment

The Ranger Challenge Team practices Monday through Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 7:00 a.m., Tuesday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., and some Saturday mornings. Cadets may register for the two-credit Ranger Challenge course on Route Y.