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Doing push-ups at the Football Game (Hoping it won’t be a high scoring game). CDTs Black and Chauvin are starters on the JHU Football team.

Hopkins ROTC supports Cadet Athletes

Doing push-ups at the Football Game (Hoping it won’t be a high scoring game). CDTs Black and Chauvin are starters on the JHU Football team.

“ With a variety of leadership activities and interesting experiences cadets are sure to gain the leadership growth and potential that is required in today’s Army and civilian workforce. ”

Cadet Keith Greer class of ‘07, Owings Mills, MD


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

Ranger challenge is considered the "varsity sport" of ArmyROTC.  It usually consists of a nine-person team that represents theschool's ROTC program in a variety of different competitions against otherschools.   The Ranger Challenge team focuses on military-typeskills.  The activities are exciting and demanding. Learning these skillsand practicing them tends to boost confidence, which can in turn help you to bea better leader. The physical nature of Ranger Challenge will enable you tomeet what the average cadet might think of as the most grueling of obstacleswith confidence, because you know that you can accomplish the tasks. Thisconfidence, and the drive and dedication that it took for you to get it, willhelp you with many of the challenges you will face on campus and in life. Because of last year's 1st Place win in Division B, the Blue Jay team moved upto Division A.  This year the team took 1st Place in the top Division1   Of the four "guidon streamer" events, the team placedfirst in the Obstacle Course and the 1-Rope Bridge and second in the RuckRun.   Last year's team first in the Obstacle Course, first in the10K Ruck Run, first in the 1-Rope Bridge and second in the "Commander'sChallenge" (team litter carry) by 0.2 seconds.  They placed firstoverall in their division.  Nice legacy...

The John Hopkins University Pershing Rifles

The National Society of Pershing Rifles is an ROTC-affiliated military honorsociety, headquartered at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, with chaptersat colleges and universities across the nation.  John Joseph Pershingestablished the organization in the late 1800s as Company A, a crack rifledrill unit.  In 1894, the unit changed its name to honor its founder, whowent on to become the first and only General of the Armies (5-Star General)during the First World War.  Since then the organization has been throughmany changes, but has kept its primary goal of upholding the ideals instilledby Black Jack Pershing in the Varsity Rifles, which include loyalty, devotion,friendship, justice, truth, purity of heart, rectitude of conduct, andcleanliness of spirit. The Johns Hopkins chapter of the PershingRifles  has been active in the community since its inception in the early1900s, sponsoring various service projects and performing in events rangingfrom Presidential Inauguration Parades to Baltimore's Preakness andThanksgiving Day Parades.  Company E-8 has participated in competitionsacross the country, including invitational meets at the University of Kentucky,Louisiana's Tulane University, and New York's Cornell University.  InNovember 1998 at the Cornell University Drill Meet, the team took 5th place andJosh Mitchell and Owen Johnson took 4th place in the duet exhibition.  InFebruary 2001, Jon Grassbaugh and Paul Santamaria took first place in the duetcompetition at the Tulane national drill meet.  In September 2002 thecompany hosted the Eighth Regimental Commander's Call that included PershingRifle companies from across the nation.  The Drill Team also periodicallyperforms halftime shows for the Johns Hopkins lacrosse and football teams.Other chapters in the Baltimore-Washington area include Morgan State University(Co. J-8) and Howard University (Co.G-8)

Color Guard

The Army ROTC Color Guard is one of the most noticeable parts of ourprogram.  This highly specialized, precision team protects and displaysthe U.S., Maryland, Army, and University colors.  The requirements toparticipate on the team include understanding of the fundamental movements ofdrill and ceremonies and dedicated time to practice and participate (about 2hours a week, including performance time).   As a member of the colorguard performing at various sports and military functions, you will have theopportunity to attend and dine FREE!  

Army 10-Miler Team

The Army Ten Miler is an annual event held in Washington D.C. which welcomesthousands of both civilian and service member participants to the nation’scapitol for what can be considered nothing short of an exhilarating experience.Following a relatively historic and scenic route past many of the city’s mostfamous monuments and buildings, the Ten Miler is an incredibly popular racethat some choose to run competitively while others participate for morepersonal reasons, often inspiring fellow runners with American flag runningattire and even patriotic music!  Hundreds of spectators line up along thecourse of the entire ten-mile route to cheer on their friends and family andencourage everyone from the ages of fifteen to seventy to finishsuccessfully.  For the past several years, members of the Blue JayBattalion have registered as individual participants in the race; however, theenthusiasm and interest expressed by both cadre and cadets in running thisyear’s twenty-first Army Ten Miler is unprecedented.  Two teams of eightrunners will be participating in this year’s race.  The plan also involvesenjoying one nice, big, carb-charged meal together as a team the night beforein order to motivate each other and stock up on energy prior to game day! The Army 10-Miler team has become so popular that there is now a year-roundweekly running club.