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

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Funds for Army ROTC.

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 relax 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.

Army Ten Miler

The mission of the ATM is to promote the Army, build espirt de corps, support Army fitness goals, and enhance community relations.

Bataan Death March

The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives.

Buddy Ranger

Cadets commissioning from all the ROTC services come together with family and friends in a joint Senior Dinner.

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.

Ranger Challenge Team

Ranger Buddy Competition aims to define what it means to be a Ranger. Every lane captures the spirit of the Ranger creed. Buddy teams will fight and think their way through six lanes, each one representative of a Ranger Creed stanza.

Senior Dinner

Cadets commissioning from all the ROTC services come together with family and friends in a joint Senior Dinner.