The University of Mississippi
The Army’s Newest Officers

Commissioning

The Army’s Newest Officers

RANGER CHALLENGE

The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to "compete" with each other completing military tasks. In addition to a written examination where Cadets test their Army knowledge, there are physical fitness drills and field exercises. Battalions leave a Ranger Challenge with stronger bonds and sharper skills.

PERSHING RIFLES

The National Society of Pershing Rifles gives Army ROTC Cadets the opportunity to develop to the highest degree possible. Cadets can take part in precision trick rifle drill teams that provide them with the outstanding traits of leadership, military bearing and discipline.

The Commissioning Ceremony

At each commencement several cadets are commissioned as lieutenants in the United States Army.  Families, friends, university officials and other distinguished guests take part in the commissioning and in the celebration afterward.  

The Dining Out

Each spring cadets attend a formal dinner function.  The Dining Out embodies many traditions of the service, including the punch bowl ceremony, good-natured skits, and honoring the fallen.  Cadets and their dates alike leave the dining out looking forward to the next time.

Field Training Exercises

Once each semester, cadets gather on a Saturday to train on patrolling techniques, navigation, and maneuvering a squad.  These exercises are a bonding experience and create lasting memories for the cadets.