ROTC OFFERS MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO EXCEL
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. Learn more about these events and activities below.
Stars and stripes
The BMB Color Guard is a regular sight at Dickinson home football games. Their sharp drill and ceremonies skills turn heads.
“ ROTC complimented my college experience well. I had the time to pursue other interests, while receiving the best leadership training around. ”
Durwin E.,Carlisle, PA
Ranger challenge is considered by some to be the "varsity sport" ofArmy ROTC. Each year the battalion sends some of its top cadets to compete inevents testing their knowledge, physical prowess, and military skills. Our teamconsistently defeats competing universities and wins numerous awards forexcellence. Notable achievements include winning the Darby division in 2004 andthe Rudder division in 2005.
In addition to Ranger Challenge, there is also a Spring Ranger program whichallows cadets to hone their soldier and leadership skills through weeklytraining sessions. The Spring semester training culminates in a Ranger testingday in which cadets train for an entire day and endure squad tactile exercises,road marches, ruck-sack runs, and land navigation.
The Blue Mountain Battalion Army 10-Miler Team competes annually in theworld's largest ten mile race, the Army Ten-Miler. Each October, the Battaliontakes volunteers to participate in this fun and challenging event. Running tenmiles is not an easy task, but the Army Ten-Miler is a rewarding experiencethat gives cadets and cadre alike, many lasting memories. In its inaugural yearof competition, the 1998 team finished 6th in the nation out of over 50 ROTCteams under the tutelage of Captain Edward Siegfried (Dickinson ROTCInstructor, 1996-1999).
The Color Guard presents and posts the colors for various Battalion andDickinson College functions. The Color Guard can be seen in action at allDickinson home football games, the Battalion Dining-In, the Battalion MilitaryBall, and the annual retirement of the school colors at Dickinson each May.Much like the Drill Team, members of Blue Mountain Color Guard are highlyproficient and disciplined in drill and ceremony.