Stephen F. Austin State University
Cadets learn a variety of skills such as rappelling down a high wall.

The Rappelling Wall

Cadets learn a variety of skills such as rappelling down a high wall.

“ What I liked the most about ROTC is the fact that each week was a new experience that was not in a classroom. ”

-SFA Cadet,


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.

Commissioning Ceremony

Each semester several cadets are commissioned into the United States Armyduring ceremonies held on campus. Families, friends, University VicePresidents, Deans, and other distinguished guests take part in thecommissioning.

Football Relay Run

This is an on-going ROTC tradition between Sam Houston State University andStephen F. Austin State University. SFA and SHSU cadets participate in therunning of the game ball to the university where the game will take place.

Spring Formal

Each spring cadets and cadre gather together for a spring formal, where allget to socialize and dine together.  This also gives the cadets a chanceto experience something similar to an Army Military Ball.