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Cadets learn a variety of skills while in ROTC. Here cadets practice squad tactics while conduct a patrol during our weekly leadership lab.

Cadets conduct tactics training at Blue Mountain.

Cadets learn a variety of skills while in ROTC. Here cadets practice squad tactics while conduct a patrol during our weekly leadership lab.

RANGER CHALLENGE

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.

PERSHING RIFLES

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

<p>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. Learn more about these events and activities below.</p>

Ranger Challenge

<p>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 Ranger Challenge with stronger bonds and sharper skills.</p>

Basic Rifle Marksmanship

<p>Every year, cadets are trained and qualified in the use of every Soldier’s individual weapon, the M-16A2 rifle. Cadets are instructed for many hours in safety, assembly and disassembly of the weapon, cleaning and maintenance and marksmanship techniques before ever firing the weapon on the range.</p>

Field Training Exercises

<p>Each Fall and Spring, Cadets from both the University of Montana in Missoula and its partnership program at Carroll College in Helena conduct a 3 day field training exercise for the purpose of preparing cadets to excel at the Leadership Development and Assessment Course at Fort Lewis, Washington each summer. The Fall FTX is focused on individual skills to include the Confidence Course, Rappelling, Rifle Marksmanship, Land Navigation, and FOB Operations.  Training in the Spring includes day and night land navigation, Squad situational training exercises that test leadership and critical thinking abilities of cadets and general military skills. The training is planned and conducted by the Senior (MS IV) Cadets with Cadre assistance.</p>