University of Central Missouri
Cadets liven up the football games with the cannon crew.

Cannon Crew at football game

Cadets liven up the football games with the cannon crew.


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.

Cultural Understanding & Language Proficiency (CULP)

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Through UCM's Army ROTC, Kenneth Music deployed on the Cadet English Language Training Team mission to Chile, where he taught members of the Chilean military the English language, and conducted cultural immersion with the locals.

Cadet Nathaniel Arndt
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Through UCM's Army ROTC, Nathaniel Arndt deployed on the Cadet English Language Training Team mission to Thailand, where he taught the English language to Thai army cadets and at a local high school.

Cadet Jesslyn Clark
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Through UCM's Army ROTC, Jesslyn Clark deployed on the Cadet English Language Training Team mission to Kosovo, where she taught the English language to members of the Kosovo Security Force.

Ranger Challenge

Ranger Challenge is the varsity sport of the Army ROTC Program. The team is comprised of 10 cadets who compete in a variety of military skills. Ranger Challenge culminates in a three state (Missouri-Arkansas-Illinois) competition against other schools at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. The events are:

Army Physical Fitness Test- push-ups, sit-ups and a two-mile run

M16 Assembly / Disassembly- The M16 rifle is field stripped and reassembled as quickly as possible.

Orienteering- navigating over land and through woods using map and compass; whoever finds the most points in the least amount of time wins

One Rope Bridge- Rangers use the one rope bridge as a safe, expedient way to cross streams while accomplishing their mission; this is a test to see how quickly the unit can properly build the bridge and get their team and equipment across the stream.

Hand Grenade Assault Course- Each Ranger is given six practice grenades and must engage six targets on the Army's hand grenade assault course. This is a test of speed, accuracy and proper technique.

Patrolling -The Ranger Team conducts a dismounted patrol and is evaluated on their ability to accomplish their assigned mission in a tactical, field environment.

Ten Kilometer RoadMarch- a timed ten-kilometer forced march with full pack and weapon. The unit must finish as a team or points are deducted.

Cannon Crew

The Central Missouri ROTC Cannon Crew is an ROTC sponsored organization withthe purpose of firing and maintaining a 75mm pack howitzer used during the CMSU football games. The cannon crew provides the players and public with enthusiasm as well as adding to the excitement of the game.

Pushup Crew

The Pushup crew supports the Mules football team by doing pushups at the games. When the team scores a touchdown or a field goal the cannon fires andthe pushup crew run into position. How ever many points the Mules Football team scores is how many pushups they do.

Color Guard

The Color Guard presents the Flags at all the football games. We also participate in local parades and other sporting events. We have also presented the Flags at some Chiefs games. To be a member of the Color Guard is an honor. We have worked very hard and for many hours to show the community that the Fighting Mules are one of the top Battalions in the Nation.

Bataan Death March

White Sands, New Mexico

Remembering those who served and suffered. The Bataan Memorial Death March is a challenging 26.2-mile march through the high desert terrain of White Sands Missile Range, N.M. This memorial march is conducted in honor of the heroic service members who defended the Philippine Islands during World War II, sacrificing their freedom, health and, in many cases, their very lives.