University of Central Oklahoma
Cadets from UCO have many opportunities to participate in clubs and activities. The Broncho Battalion has a Rifle Team, Color Guard Team, Ranger Club, and Student government opportunities. Cadets also participate in many intramural sports on campus.

Bridge to Success

Cadets from UCO have many opportunities to participate in clubs and activities. The Broncho Battalion has a Rifle Team, Color Guard Team, Ranger Club, and Student government opportunities. Cadets also participate in many intramural sports on campus.

“ UCO ROTC provides so many events and activities. A few certain ones stick out in my mind as favorites: Rifle tam, Ranger Challenge, and football game cookouts. The Rifle team was a great experience where we received training and competed with weapons I never dreamed of using like the M-16. Through competitions in the Rifle team, I also received several $1000 cash scholarships. The Ranger Team/Buddy Challenge is another great activity that allowed me to experience certain sides of military training not given to most cadets. I also acquired survival life skills that I can use in life-threatening moments. During the football game cookouts, I was able to experience great camaraderie with my fellow cadets. It also illustrated how effective teamwork can make a difference. The promotional items brought to the event also brought excitement to the experience, such as the free food and the US Army NASCAR. ”

James Wallenfelsz, Pryor, OK

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.

Rifle Team

The UCO rifle team is the one of the top rifle teams in the state. The rifleteam competes in air rifle and service rifle competitions. In the air riflecompetitions, shooters engage paper targets at 10 to 50 meters using singleshot air rifles. In the service, rifle competitions shooters compete against OUand OSU as well as other National Guard units.

Competitors use the M-16/M4 and engage targets at 100 to 500 yards. Theshooters fire at the targets in several positions, the off-hand (standing),kneeling, sitting and prone (lying down) positions. The targets are timed andsome require a magazine change in the middle of the round.

To join the rifle team students, need to be enrolled in the Military Sciencecourse, have a minimum GPA of 2.5, and have no prior convictions. Practices andtraining are conducted twice a week at Thatcher Hall and at available arearanges.

Those participating in the rifle competitions are eligible for a scholarshipfrom the Civilian Marksmanship Program (CMP). The UCO Rifle Team was awardedmore scholarships than any other university in the nation in 2005. The CivilianMarksmanship Program (CMP) promotes firearms safety training and rifle practicefor all qualified U.S. citizens with special emphasis on youth.

The CMP annually awards 100 $1,000 scholarships for undergraduate college oruniversity study on the basis of merit and financial need. Students must remainenrolled in ROTC, maintain a 2.5 CGPA or better, continue to participate inROTC or college rifle team activities, and continue to meet the good moralcharacter standards.

Color Guard Team

The Broncho Battalion Color Guard Team is an active part of theprogram.  The Color Guard Team presents the National Colors at each homefootball game.  They also will present the colors at Oklahoma City Hornets(National Basketball Association) Games and Oklahoma City Blazers (CentralHockey League) Games.