University of Minnesota
Cadets at the Golden Gopher Battalion have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of different activities including physical fitness competitions with other branches and ROTC battalions and going to army specialty schools such as Airborne and Air Assualt.

Cadets competing in a ten mile run.

Cadets at the Golden Gopher Battalion have the opportunity to participate in a wide variety of different activities including physical fitness competitions with other branches and ROTC battalions and going to army specialty schools such as Airborne and Air Assualt.

“ Jumping out of planes at Airborne School was defiantly one of the coolest things I’ve ever done and completing the Sapper Leader Course was by far the most physically and mentally demanding thing I have ever done. ”

Daniel Pasche, Mechanical Engineering Degree,Starbuck, MN

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.

Dining In

After a semesters full of work, it's always great to relaxe with cadets at a traditional dining in. This is a chance for cadets have a formal dinner, listen to a guest speaker, and poke fun at each other through skits and jokes. This is often considered a high light of the semester.

Dining Out

Dining Out is an opportunity to socialize and relax with fellow cadets while enjoying a meal and a guest speaker. Contrary to a Dining In, cadets are allowed to bring dates to Dining Out.

Ranger Challenge Team

There is one word that gains respect in the Army no matter where you go; Ranger. The Ranger Challenge team is comprised of cadets at different ages and majors but with one common trait, they want to be challenged. Team members push themselves to physical and mental limits as they compete against teams from other schools. The University of Minnesota is proud to say that we have won the Ranger Challenge competition two years in a row!

Field Training Exercise

One weekend very semester we take the lessons learned in the classroom outside and put them to the test. Hands on instruction and in depth training are what put our cadets ahead of their peers. By the time the weekend is through, cadets a traveling home tired but with a smile on their face.