East Carolina University

Army Ball

“ ECU ROTC Cadets are active throughout the campus in a variety of activities. ROTC Cadets are able to use their leadership skills in many different types of on-campus organizations. Intramural Sports, Student Government Association, Fraternities and Sororities are a few among the many available at East Carolina. ”

Moore C,Newbern, NC


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.


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.

Sandhurst Competition

Sandhurst is an inter-company competition for USMA. However, West Point teams now compete, not only amongst themselves, but against teams from their fellow United States Service Academies, 8 select University ROTC teams, the United States Military Academy Preparatory School team, and international teams from Britain's Royal Military Academy Sandhurst (RMAS), Canada's Royal Military College (RMC), Afghanistan's National Military Academy and, for the first time in 2009, The Chilean Military School.

Each USMA Cadet Company and Visiting Team selects a 9-member Squad (at least one member must be female) with two alternates. This squad is required to perform a series of challenging military tasks during a rapid, non-tactical move along a partly-prescribed 7 mile route.

The winning squad will be determined by the total time required to negotiate the course. The squad’s total time will be a combination of the time taken to complete the course from start to finish as well as any time penalties incurred throughout the course and on the marksmanship portion.  (Information found athttp://www.usma.edu/dmi/sandhurst_competition.htm)

ECU finished 28/48 overall teams and 3rd best out of the 8 total ROTC teams invited at the 2009 competition.

Commissioning and Award Ceremonies

At the end of each semester, Cadets gather for an Award Ceremony where Cadets are awarded for excellence in academics, physical fitness and Leadership.

Army 10-Miler

The Army Ten-Miler, an annual army tradition held at the Pentagon, in Washington DC, is the largest 10 Mile Race in America. ECU had 29 cadets run the race. Our gold team finished 3rd overall in the Army ROTC division, which had 56 teams running. Our program also raised over 4,400 dollars for Azalea Charities’ “Aid for Wounded Soldiers” charity. Visithttp://www.armytenmiler.com/  for more information.

ECU ROTC Wounded Warrior 5 miler

ECU Army ROTC Battalion is hosting the 2nd annual Wounded Warrior 5 Mile race in support of Ft. Bragg, North Carolina's Warrior Transition Battalion. All the proceeds from this race will be donated to this Charity.

The Pirate Battalion had 101 runners in the inaugural running of the WWR and raised over 3,500 dollars for Ft. Bragg’s Warrior Transition Battalion and Soldier & Family Assistance Center.

For registration or more information visit:http://www.woundedwarriorrun.com/

Pirate Football Support

Army ROTC plays a key role during home football games.  Cadets show their school pride participating in the ROTC pre-game tailgate and also provide color guard, cannon team and sell programs during games.

Each season ECU ROTC sponsors a military appreciation day, where members of the armed forces are allotted tickets from our program and honored throughout the game.


Dining – In

Cadets celebrate the finishing of the fall semester by joining together for a final formal dinner known as the Dining –In. This is a time for fun, joking, reminiscing of the events and a final review of a hard semester worth of work.

Annual Army Ball

Cadets celebrate their experiences and accomplishments at the end of each year with a formal military ball.  Cadets honor the graduating class and wish them well as they depart ECU as students and enter the Army as tomorrows leaders.