Illinois State University
ROTC has many unique activities. Color Guard is just one example of how the program provides an opportunity to represent the school, state and nation at sporting events and community activities.

Present the State and National Colors at ISU events

ROTC has many unique activities. Color Guard is just one example of how the program provides an opportunity to represent the school, state and nation at sporting events and community activities.

“ Training for the Ranger Challenge Team while on FTX made the experience even more challenging and exciting because we were taking in a little more than everyone else. ”

Cadet Brittany Hocking,Sherman, IL

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.

Rifle Team

The ISU Rifle Team givesArmy ROTC Cadets the opportunity to develop to the highest degree possible.Cadets can take part in precision marksmanship that provide them with theoutstanding traits of leadership, military bearing and discipline. ISU'sROTC Rifle Team is recognized as the number one, NCAA, non-scholarshipuniversity rifle team in the United States. 

Color Guard

The focus of this club is to teach cadets necessary drill and ceremonyskills.  The group goes to various events including football games,basketball games, banquets and parades.  They represent our nation, ourstate, and our school by presenting the National, State, and School Colors (theflags).  The cadets also learn leadership skills and take turns commandingthe different events.

Training Activities

Physical Training
Conducted on a daily basis, cadets are expected to participate three days aweek.  Individuals are challenged to improve overall physicalfitness.  Each month the Redbird Battalion conducts the Army PhysicalFitness Test to measure improvements and the success of the physical trainingprogram.

Leadership Laboratories
These two-hour labs occur every other week.  This is a key opportunity forcadets to learn new skills as well as practice leadership.  These labs mayinclude rappelling, military customs and courtesies, and an obstaclecourse.

FTX
One field training exercise is conducted during each semester.  Thecadets will travel to a nearby location and conduct intensive training ondifferent military skills.  This is a time to build camaraderie and theteam spirit of the battalion, as well as get away from the daily collegelife.

Key events

Commissioning Ceremony
This ceremony represents the first step in a new officer’s career. This is the time when each cadet takes the oath of an Army officer and pins onthe gold bars signifying the rank of Second Lieutenant.  This ceremonycelebrates our proud history, unity and a commitment to the service of ournation.

Military Ball
The military ball is held each spring.  It is a unique experience forcadets, observing the formalities of the Army and being able to incorporatetheir friends and parents into the Army lifestyle for a short while.