NC A&T State University
Ranger Challenge members negotiate the obstacle course

Obstacle Course

Ranger Challenge members negotiate the obstacle course

“ ROTC enhances my leadership skills as a nurse and a Soldier while keeping me financially stable ”

Justin Spears, Dunn, 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.


The question is "Are You Tough Enough"?

Ranger Challenge is the varsity sport of ROTC. It is both mentally andphysically demanding.  The Ranger Challenge team is required to have between 8 to 10 cadets in order to compete. All cadets are eligible to try out for the team, men and women, scholarship and non-scholarship cadets in all years of Military Science. What is really required to be on the Ranger Challenge team is desire, commitment to the team, and as the name implies, the willingness to go further then you ever thought you could. Competition events include:

  • Basic Rifle Marksmanship
  • Land Navigation
  • Map reading written exam
  • The Army Physical Fitness Test
  • Commander's Special Event
  • Hand Grenade Assault Course 
  • Obstacle Course
  • 10-Kilometer forced road march

Training for competition includes rigorous physical fitness workouts,informational classes on various elements of map reading, and a weekend FieldTraining Exercise where rifle marksmanship, land navigation, and other skills are practiced. The faint at heart need not apply  HOOAH!

Color Guard

AGGIE Battalion cadets have the honor of presenting the National Colorsduring home football games and other ceremonies at their various campuses.

Blue&Gold Platoon

The Blue & Gold platoon is made up of AGGIE battalion cadets who exemplify military bearing, and discipline through their execution of drill and ceremonies. The Blue & Gold Platoon represents the Aggie Battalion duringthe annual NC A&T Homecoming Parade, the Veteran's Day Ceremony and other ceremonies throughout the academic year. 

Varsity Athletics&Campus Organizations


ROTC cadets are leaders on their various campuses. Many of our cadets play varsity athletics, hold student offices, or participate in student clubs. Participation in Student Government, Greek Organizations, Clubs, and Varsity Sports are highly encouraged for AGGIE Cadets.

National Society of Pershing Angels

Motto:  "To foster the spirit of friendship and cooperation among the women in the military department, and to maintain a highly efficient drill company."

Pershing Angels

P/R Company N-4 National Society of Pershing Rifles

"The purpose of the National Society of Pershing Rifles is to develop, to the highest degree possible, outstanding traits of leadership, military science, military bearing, and discipline within the framework of a military oriented, honorary fraternity."
—General of the Armies John J. Pershing

North Carolina A&T is home of Pershing Rifle Company N-4

Pershing Rifles