Southern Illinois University Carbondale
Learning happens outside the classroom as well.

Learning happens outside the classroom as well.

Learning happens outside the classroom as well.

“ Ranger Challenge was one of the best experiences I’ve had in ROTC. It gave us a chance to compete against other schools using skills learned through ROTC ”

Bill Friedrich, Sterling, Illinois


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.

Airborne and Air Assault Opportunities

As a Saluki Cadet, you will have the opportunity to compete for slots to various Army Schools.  These opportunities typically occur after the sophomore or junior school year.  Saluki Cadets have attended Airborne, Air Assault, Mountain Warfare, and overseas training with British Soldiers.

Dining In

Each fall the Battalion holds a Dining In.  This is an Army tradition in which only the members of the Battalion attend.  There is good food, entertainment, and everyone goes home with more stories to tell than when they arrived at the function.  This year’s Dining In included humorous skits and karaoke. 

Spring FTX

Spring FTX is held at Ft. Leonardwood, Missouri over a three day period.  It is executed in conjunction with the other Colleges and Universities in our Region.  Cadets are exposed to platoon sized patrolling, confidence courses, Field Leadership Reaction Courses, Basic Rifle Marksmanship, and Land Navigation.  Cadets come away with more knowledge about the Army and more confidence in their abilities.