University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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FIGHTING ILLINI

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Illini Battalion Cadets plan, lead and participate in a rigorous physical training (PT) program. This program mirrors that of the active Army and is closely monitored by Cadre. The intent of the PT program is to safely and gradually increase the fitness level of all participants by focusing on muscular strength and endurance, cardio-respiratory fitness, flexibility and body composition.

Cadets of the Illini Battalion during PT.

Illini Battalion Cadets plan, lead and participate in a rigorous physical training (PT) program. This program mirrors that of the active Army and is closely monitored by Cadre. The intent of the PT program is to safely and gradually increase the fitness level of all participants by focusing on muscular strength and endurance, cardio-respiratory fitness, flexibility and body composition.

“ I get to lead fellow students and get in great physical shape. ”

Aaron E. Scully, Elk Grove Village, Illinois

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.

Field Training Exercise (FTX)

Field training exercises, or FTXs, are held at least once a semester and offer the Cadet a chance to put newly learned skills into action in a fun, yet challenging, “wargame” setting.  Events can range from rappelling and paintball to firing of Army weapons.  These exercises are held at nearby military installations and are generally around 72 hours in duration.

Cadet Practical Field Training (CPFT)

Cadets can become eligible to attend developmental training such as the Army Airborne School, the Army Air Assault School, the Army Mountain Warfare School, the Army Northern Warfare School, even the Army Combat Divers (scuba) Course!

Teams and Clubs

Cadets of the Illini Battalion enjoy a host of teams and clubs to further their interests:

  • The Illini Battalion Rifle Team focuses on competitive, three position shooting with air rifles and small bore (.22 cal) rifles.
  • The Drill Team trains and competes in local and area wide drill competitions.
  • The Color Guard trains for and executes the honorable presentation of the colors for numerous campus and civic events.
  • The Sky is the Limit Rock Climbing club is for those who enjoy rock climbing, rope climbing, rappelling and everything else involving ropes in a fun and exciting social environment through the use of our 30’ rock wall. The club also takes trips to various state parks.