Iowa State University
The Cadets that compete in our Ranger Challenge competition practice throwing “dummy” hand grenades for accuracy and time. Here he is throwing a hand grenade at a target about 35 meters away from him.

Throwing Hand Grenades

The Cadets that compete in our Ranger Challenge competition practice throwing “dummy” hand grenades for accuracy and time. Here he is throwing a hand grenade at a target about 35 meters away from him.

The beginning of ISU Army ROTC

<p>Military classes have been held at the university under the "Land-Grant" act since its origin in 1869. Although a student could not obtain a commission under the program in the early years, he could obtain a degree by completing the four year course. The federal government introduced the formal ROTC program at Iowa State in 1919. A fire in 1922 gutted the Armory and the program was reduced during the Second World War. The fire and WWII mark the only interruptions in the program since its inception.</p>

The development of ISU Army ROTC

<p>In September 1962 the ROTC program became voluntary and in September 1965 was converted to a General Military Science curriculum from a branch material program (Artillery, Engineer, and Signal Corps). The ROTC program remains a general curriculum, however, Iowa State is still one of only four universities in the Engineer Affiliation Program.</p>

A proven track record and bright future

<p>Over 5000 Army Officers have been commissioned through the ISU Army ROTC program.  Cadets from the Cyclone Battalion perform very well resulting in an above average number of Distinguished Military Graduates, and most importantly, highly qualified and motivated lieutenants who are well prepared to provide Army soldiers the leadership they deserve.  The Cyclone Battalion has and continues to be one of the premier Army ROTC programs in the country.</p>