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Cadets receive training to prepare them for all types of battlefields in today’s modern Army.


Cadets receive training to prepare them for all types of battlefields in today’s modern Army.

“ The training exercises, labs, and cadre leadership at Texas A&M provide an enjoyable but challenging experience. ”

Eric Yost, Arlington, Texas


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.

Rudder’s Rangers

Rudder’s Rangers, named in honor of Major General James Earl Rudder, is designed for highly motivated cadets of any branch who have the drive and desire to become proficient in small unit light infantry tactics. The training includes: Night Operations, Rappelling, Marksmanship, Combat Water Survival, Military Operations on Urban Terrain, Air Mobile Assault, Ambush techniques, and Artillery Fire Direction to name a few.

Rudder’s Rangers participates in two major events each year, the first occurs during Christmas break and consists of a week of war games held at Ft. Hood, Texas. Commonly known as the Winter Field Training Exercise, it is designed to test the Rangers tactical combat skills. The Ranger Company is inserted via CH-47 helicopters into the interior of Ft. Hood and given a sequence of missions which build upon each other and culminate in a direct, company vs. company sized (100+ soldiers) battle between the Rangers and the Opposing Forces, or OPFOR.

The second event is the Best Ranger Competition (BRC), held at the end of the year. This is the culminating event for the new Ranger trainee and is the obstacle they must pass to receive the coveted Rudder’s Rangers Pin. BRC is a continuous 24hr endurance competition consisting of 18 events designed to push the competitors to their mental and physical limits, and test their mastery of many combat infantry skills.

The Texas A&M Ranger Challenge team

Ranger Challenge is called the "varsity sport" of Army ROTC. It is a competition that is held annually at the Brigade level, encompassing 21 schools in the Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico areas. It is open to only Army ROTC Cadets within the Corps of Cadets.

The competition focuses on basic infantry skills, pitting squad sized elements against each other, encompassing seven different events. These events consist of: The Army Physical Fitness Test, Hand Grenade Assault Course, M16A2 timed Disassembly/Reassembly, timed One-rope Bridge construction, land navigation testing, a patrolling written test, and culminating in a grueling 10 kilometer ruck march race.

The Texas A&M Ranger Challenge team takes this competition seriously and it shows in their training regimen. During the 7 weeks prior to the mid-October competition, the team meets twice a day for training. The mornings start at 5:00 AM for intense physical training workouts and again at 4:00 PM for infantry skills training.

Texas A&M has established a winning tradition at the Ranger Challenge Competition. The team has won every year dating back to 1990, except for one year, the only glitch coming in 2000 when the team placed 2 nd. The mindset of the other 20 teams at the competition is not necessarily to win, but to beat the Texas A&M Aggies.

If you want a rigorous challenge, then try out and join the Texas A&M Ranger Challenge Team.

The Fish Drill Team

The Fish Drill Team competes in precision drill competitions around the country each year. They represent the Corps of Cadets and Texas A&M in these meets and have gone on to win the national championship almost every year since they were created in 1946. The team was begun when the freshmen were moved from the main campus to deal with the overcrowding and hazing issues that followed World War Two and the return of war veterans to the A&M campus.

Parsons Mounted Cavalry

The horse Cavalry Program at Texas A&M was originally founded in 1919 as part if the program to commission reserve officers into the Cavalry branch of the Army. Within a few years, horse drawn artillery instruction was added to the curriculum. At its peak in 1942, the Cavalry unit boosted 500 members. The unit thrived until 1943 when the horse branches of the Army were disbanded and considered obsolete. Thus the equestrian unit would become another closed chapter in the history of Texas A&M....or so it seemed. In 1972 three motivated cadets approached the Commandant of Cadets and asked for his help in reviving the fading memory of the horse cavalry. Colonel Tom Parsons ‘49 gave his blessing to the enterprise and solicited a $10,000 grant from the Association of Former Students. The Parsons’ Mounted Cavalry was named in his honor. Mike Collins was the first Commanding Officer in the 73-74 school year.

In the early years, all the horses were supplied by the cadets who assumed most of the costs to run them until, as it was not yet a University financed organization. Many people aided the new "Cav." As the "Cav" gained national attention, in 1975, it also gained the staunch support of Dean John Fritz of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. Dr. Fritz donated blankets, riding gloves and leggings for the horses that would later garner him a post on the U.S. Olympic Equestrian Team.

The first home of the PMC was a small plot of land at the Bryan Airfield Annex. This was unsuitable for their needs. In 1977, a piece of land called Hernia Hill was loaned to PMC by the Association of former Students. This home was even more temporary because in 1979, A&M president James Miller gave a 27 acre tract of land to the PMC located at Turkey Creek Road and FM 2818. The "Cav" named this place Fiddlers Green.