The University of South Dakota
Every year the ROTC Cadets at USD participate in several community service projects including the painting of the giant USD letters outside of Vermillion on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. The Prairie Fire Battalion has made the cleaning and painting of the letters an annual event just prior to the homecoming football game each fall.

Prairie Fire Battalion ROTC Cadets help refurbish the USD letters

Every year the ROTC Cadets at USD participate in several community service projects including the painting of the giant USD letters outside of Vermillion on the bluffs overlooking the Missouri River. The Prairie Fire Battalion has made the cleaning and painting of the letters an annual event just prior to the homecoming football game each fall.

“ As a freshman coming into the program, I found the Cadre and Staff at the Prairie Fire Battalion were there to answer all my questions and really make me feel at home. If I have a problem, I know that I can count on the Cadre to help me work through the issue. ”

Whitney Freidel, USD 09, Elkton, SD

See how interesting college can be when you're a part of Army ROTC. You'll be a college student first and foremost, just like the rest of the student body, but there's a key difference: you'll have even more opportunities to succeed.

These opportunities include Field Training Exercises (FTXs) in the spring and fall where Cadets build their teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets also participate in Physical Training (PT) on a regular basis to keep up their strength and endurance.

In addition, each battalion has its own unique calendar of events and activities.

Learn more about Events and Activities

Being a part of the Prairie Fire Battalion

means that you will be part of a diverse group of individuals with broadinterests.  Our ROTC Cadets are active in varsity and intramural sports,the USD Student Association, fraternities, sororities and many other campusorganizations.  Cadet backgrounds range from students with no militaryexperience prior to ROTC to students who are combat veterans with a wealth ofknowledge which they willingly share with their fellow Cadets.

Cadets on the USD campus

are regular students just like everyone else on campus. They take a regularschedule of classes and have an academic major. Once or twice a week they meetfor their regular ROTC academic class meetings. One Saturday each month ourCadets train together at a Leadership Lab. During lab they wear militaryuniforms and conduct military and leadership training. Students can take ROTCas an elective course, an academic minor, or pursue the entire program, whichculminates in a commission as a Second Lieutenant - an Army officer.