University of California, Berkeley
Every year, the Golden Bear Battalion conducts commissioning ceremonies to officially welcome the new second lieutenants.

The Golden Bear Battalion’s Winter Commissioning Ceremony

Every year, the Golden Bear Battalion conducts commissioning ceremonies to officially welcome the new second lieutenants.

“ Every year, I look forward to the activities that the Golden Bear Battalion sets up, which includes the Military Ball, the Commissioning Ceremony and Ranger Challenge ”

Matthew S., Sacramento, CA


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 a highly demanding physical activity. It is basically the ROTC varsity sport. The season is from late August through October. The culmination is a competition focusing on basic military skills in which the Tiger Battalion team competes against all the other teams in the Region. Cadets must compete for a spot on the team as space is very limited. The varsity sport of Army ROTC, our Ranger Challenge team continuously places high amongst our region's competitive schools. Our team has won the competition for three years running (2003-2005). Ranger Challenge is an athletic, team–oriented activity testing physical fitness, technical knowledge, weapons proficiency, and leadership.

Tri – Service Military Ball

Every year cadets look forward to a training event that hardly seems like training at all: the annual winter ball. Cadets plan and organize the entire event. Here they get an opportunity to “let their hair down” and enjoy the camaraderie and fellowship with their classmates in both the Army, as well as the Navy, Marines, and Air Force.

Commissioning Ceremony

Each spring several Golden Bear Battalion cadets are commissioned into the United States Army during a ceremony held on campus. Families, friends, the University President and other distinguished guests take part in the commissioning. It is a time-honored event that marks the culmination of the ROTC experience for the new Lieutenants.