California Polytechnic State U
Cadets that participate in ROTC events and activities gain the most out of the program. These activities are aimed to be fun, learning, team building experiences.

Ranger Challenge

Cadets that participate in ROTC events and activities gain the most out of the program. These activities are aimed to be fun, learning, team building experiences.

“ The Fighting Mustangs Battalion offers numerous training opportunities and leisure activities. Some activities are open to the public and others are only available to those contracted in ROTC. Cadets begin mornings with physical training, which helps them build a strong physical foundation. Cadets also participate in labs once a week, and apply classroom knowledge to a field environment. Field training exercises take place once a quarter, where the Fighting Mustangs meet with cadets from other colleges and practice a variety of field exercises. Competitions, such as Ranger Challenge, are opportunities for cadets to use what skills they have acquired to compete as a team against other schools in the region. Commissioning, the ultimate goal of all cadets, is a ceremony in which a cadet becomes an officer and begins his military career. ”

Joshua Conroy,San Luis Obispo, CA

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.

Ranger Challenge

Ranger Challenge is a great team building competition. It brings out thebest in a person, and pushes you past what you ever imagined you could do. Inthe past, Cal Poly has done well, winning the competition in 2000, scoring inthe top third in subsequent years, and last year scoring middle third. CalPoly’s RC team is respected and always a worthy opponent. RC takes up littlemore time than normal ROTC activities. PT is done one hour per day, five days aweek compared to Battalion three days per week, with an additional ruck marchand rope bridge practice on Saturday mornings. Regular lab attendance of twohours per week is required. Workouts are more challenging and much morerewarding, both physically and mentally.