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Cadets at NMU have numerous opportunities to prove to themselves they have the “guts” to push themselves a little further.

Ruck race

Cadets at NMU have numerous opportunities to prove to themselves they have the “guts” to push themselves a little further.

“ I joined the ROTC program in 2002. I joined the program because I wanted to serve something larger then myself. While in ROTC I have been given the opportunity to travel to Washington State and South Korea. I hope to join the Army as an Engineer officer in May 2007. ”

John Riley, Birmingham, MI


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.

Field Training Exercises

Normal Battalion Field Training Exercises (FTXs) happen twice a year on a weekend running from Friday to Sunday.   The fall FTX is usually inthe local area and consists of land navigation, common tasks and Situational Training Exercises (STXs).  The Spring FTX is usually conducted outside the local area at a nearby military installation or training area and is normally conducted jointly with another university ROTC unit.  The springFTX usually consists of advanced day and night land navigation, squad and platoon tactical exercises.

Frozen Chosin Military Endurathon

The Frozen Chosin Military Endurathon is a competition honoring American Soldiers of the Army’s 31st Regimental Combat Team who fought near the Chosin Reservior in November 1950.  Teams from different universities compete in a 26.2 mile ruck race. Winning teams earn medals and a plaque fortheir ROTC detachment.

Commissioning Ceremony

Each December and April several cadets are commissioned into the United States Army during ceremonies held on our campus. Families, friends, the University President, College Deans and other distinguished guests take part inthe commissioning as well as the ceremonial "First Salute" tradition.