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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.

Ranger Challenge

“Rangers Lead the Way!” Inspired by this Ranger motto, Patriot Battalion Cadets compete each year in the 2nd Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition held at Ft. Devens, Massachusetts each October.  Known as the Army ROTC “varsity sport,” the Ranger Challenge competition ultimately tests Cadets’ physical and mental strength, while also focusing on developing and utilizing leadership skills within a team. In addition, Cadets enhance their technical knowledge and weapons proficiency skills. Any Cadet up for the “challenge” can begin training in early September. With daily workouts, and even additional weekend training, Cadets increase their physical strength, in addition to learning and mastering basic infantry skills that will be tested during the competition. Consisting of seven events, the competition requires Cadets to either participate as individuals, in which their scores are eventually compiled as a team score, or they compete as a team. The following events typically make up each Ranger Challenge Competition:

 Basic Rifleman Skills (BRM)

M16 Weapons Proficiency

Hand Grenade Assault Course

Orienteering (Land Navigation)

Obstacle Course

 “Mystery Event” - Field Leader’s Reaction Course (FLRC)

Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT)

Color Guard

The Patriot Battalion Army ROTC Color Guard is one of the most noticeable parts of our program.  In cooperation with our host school of Providence College we have  the privilege of presenting the colors at many Providence College Friars’ basketball games at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center and other events at partnership schools.  Participation in the color guard requires extra training in military drill and ceremonies in order to show due respect to our nation’s symbol.  All contracted cadets participate in the color guard, providing all of them with exposure to one of the ways the Army honors America.

Army 10-Miler Team

The Army Ten Miler is an annual event held in Washington D.C. which welcomes thousands of civilian and service member participants to the nation’s capitol for what can be considered nothing short of an exhilarating experience. Following a relatively historic and scenic route past many of the city’s most famous monuments and buildings, the Ten Miler is an incredibly popular race that some choose to run competitively while others participate for more personal reasons, often inspiring fellow runners with American flag running attire and even patriotic music!  Hundreds of spectators line up along the course of the entire ten-mile route to cheer on their friends and family and encourage everyone from the ages of fifteen to seventy to finish successfully.  Every year Cadets and Cadre members of the Patriot Battalion form a team that participates in the Army Ten Miler, but positions are limited. 

If you interested in learning more about any of these activities, please contact us!