South Dakota State University
Cadets hone their skills and develop strong bonds during competitions against other colleges in military events.

Ranger Challenge Team

Cadets hone their skills and develop strong bonds during competitions against other colleges in military events.


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.

ROTC Offers Many Opportunities to Excel

In Army ROTC, it's not all classroom and field training. There are many opportunities for you to get to know your fellow cadets better and increase your skills in a variety of areas.

Plains Rifleman

The Plains Riflemen is a precision drill team dedicated to the promotion of military professionalism. They perform at SDSU and community events and provide color guards for home football and basketball games, Governor’s Day, and for commencement exercises. The organization is especially beneficial to the ROTC cadet, because professionalism, self-discipline, precision marching and selfless service are the major traits of a “Plains Rifleman”.

SDSU Color Guard

The SDSU Color Guard presenting the Colors at the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA game.

Cateau Rangers

The purpose of the Cateau Rangers is to familiarize the student with small unit tactics and operations, mountaineering techniques, land navigation and to improve the physical condition of the students and their ability to operate and survive under adverse conditions. The Cateau Rangers have proven their organization is of great value to cadets in that the activities provided instill leadership and confidence and prepare members to meet and excel at Advanced Camp.

Ranger Challenge

Ranger Challenge is an extremely physically demanding sport which builds stamina, develops basic soldiering skills in land navigation, patrolling, basic rifle marksmanship, weapons assembly, hand grenades and river crossing techniques; while at the same time teaching teamwork. Teams compete at a tri-state level competition.