Pennsylvania State University
In the Nittany Lion Battalion, the upper-classmen teach what they have learned while the Cadre provide oversight. This provides the Corps of Cadets to train themselves on what they’ve learned, but more importantly, it instills the ethos of “Be, Know, Do” into each Cadet. That means they have to be proficient in the skills they learn because they will be teaching and mentoring the junior Cadets in the program. The Cadets are responsible for the training schedule, the type of training, the quality of the training, and the execution of that training, giving them a sense of ownership of the program. The bottom line – the Cadets own the program, and they run the program.

Here, the Cadets march off to their training site, where the upper-classmen will instruct them on Troop Leading Procedures.

In the Nittany Lion Battalion, the upper-classmen teach what they have learned while the Cadre provide oversight. This provides the Corps of Cadets to train themselves on what they’ve learned, but more importantly, it instills the ethos of “Be, Know, Do” into each Cadet. That means they have to be proficient in the skills they learn because they will be teaching and mentoring the junior Cadets in the program. The Cadets are responsible for the training schedule, the type of training, the quality of the training, and the execution of that training, giving them a sense of ownership of the program. The bottom line – the Cadets own the program, and they run the program.

“ Penn State Army ROTC teaches the skills not only to succeed on the battlefield but also in the classroom and any leadership position. ”

Cadet Carite,Mount Laurel, New Jersey

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.

Commissioning Ceremony

Each spring, our graduating cadets are commissioned into the United States Army during time honored ceremonies.  Families, friends, University department heads, and other distinguished guests take part in the commissioning. 

Land Navigation Training

During the course of the school year, each cadet goes through several Land Navigation and Orienteering courses developed to make them fully capable ofgetting from point A to point B tactically, day and night.  These courses also focus on an appreciation and respect for the environment, and how to work with it rather than against it.

 

Physical Fitness

The quickest way to a sharp, educated mind is by providing the mind a strong, healthy body. We focus on Physical Fitness three days a week (or five days a week for the Ranger Club).  Cadets are tested using the standard Army Physical Fitness Test, where their muscular endurance, strength, and cardio-respiratory conditioning is measured.  You would be amazed at theimprovement of our cadets during their time with us here!  The Battalion average is currently 258 points out of a possible 300, which includes brand new Cadets to the program as well as our Senior classmen.