Niagara University
When it comes to school spirit, Niagara is not lacking. Every year Niagara faces cross-town ROTC rival Canisius College in a Chicken Wing eating competition. Cadets enjoy the camaraderie, winning, and of course the wings!

NU ROTC competes in Chicken Wing Eating Competition

When it comes to school spirit, Niagara is not lacking. Every year Niagara faces cross-town ROTC rival Canisius College in a Chicken Wing eating competition. Cadets enjoy the camaraderie, winning, and of course the wings!

“ The real strength of NU ROTC is the program itself. I have received the best instruction, guidance, and care possible. You really feel like you are part of a family and ateam at Niagara. Your ROTC instructors as well as professors know you are a busy student with several things going on in your life. NU Faculty are also flexible and help you accomplish all your goals. Niagara and Niagara ROTC helps you tackle each challenge and prepares you to always put your best foot forward ”

Cadet Megan Miner,Niagara Falls, New York

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

The Ranger Challenge team provides cadets with an opportunity for someexciting and challenging training. Ranger Challenge is the “varsity sport” ofROTC. Annually, more than 300 universities nationwide field teams to compete ina series of challenging events. Cadets here at Niagara University competeagainst teams from areas in First ROTC Region in a series of yearlycompetitions, which culminate in the First Region Championship at Fort Devens,MA. Training for this event includes rigorous physical fitness workouts,information classes on various elements of light infantry tactics, and aweekend Field Training Exercise where rifle marksmanship, rope bridging, landnavigation, and other skills are practiced.

Purple Eagle Color Guard and Drill Team

The most visible teams for Niagara ROTC, the Color Guard presents thenation’s flag at all NU sporting events while the drill team represents thebest at drill and ceremony.  Both teams venture to nearby Ralph WilsonStadium for events as well as downtown Buffalo, Niagara Falls, and Lewiston forcharity events that include the annual Heartwalk Charity Event.

Scabbard and Blade Honor Society

In 1954, Niagara University joined the National Society of Scabbard andBlade. This honorary membership was preceded by an honorary local society,originally known as the Military Order of the Purple Eagles. Established inMarch 1952, its purpose was to have an organization committed to"persevering and developing more efficient officers and preparing themto take an active part in military affairs on campus."  In 1954,the members became Niagara's ROTC Scabbard & Blade Society, Company K, 11thRegiment.  Scabbard and Blade Company K-I 1 is still active and thrivingon campus after over 50 years.

The Niagara Army ROTC Military Ball

The Military Ball was initiated after the end of World War II. The Ballbecame one the highlights of the Spring social season and, by 1955, was"the most popular and long-awaited dance of the year. " The Ballcontinues today as one of the highlights of the school year at theUniversity.