University of Kansas
The bond of friendships sparks cadets to participate in a variety of KU activities, such as intramural sports.

Team Spirit

The bond of friendships sparks cadets to participate in a variety of KU activities, such as intramural sports.

“ I never realized all the different types of activities you have the chance to participate in as a cadet. And I’m excited to know that I will still have these opportunities and camaraderie after college as a military officer. ”

Cadet Ticondra Glover, Lawrence, KS

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.

Ranger Challenge

The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to "compete" with each other in military tasks.  Each fall, Big 12 schools form nine member teams and meet in Iowa for the annual event.  Whereas in the spring, KU annually hosts a Ranger Buddy competition that draws more than 100 teams from schools across the nation.

Military Balls

Each year KU cadets hold a formal military ball, where cadets may bring a date or guest to share in the experience of a long standing military tradition.  It is an opportunity to interact in a formal social environment while in uniform.

Scabbard and Blade

Scabbard & Blade is a distinguished and prestigious military honor and service society. Membership is a goal for which cadets strive and only the finest individuals are eligible. The cadet in Scabbard & Blade is an officer and a scholar who possesses a high degree of leadership, patriotism, efficiency, loyalty, obedience, courage, good fellowship, and honor. Members believe that military service is an obligation of citizenship, and that the greater opportunities afforded college men and women for the study of military science place upon them certain responsibilities.

Commissioning Ceremony

Commissioning is the culmination of a cadet’s career. Upon graduating andcompleting the requirements to become an Army officer, the cadet goes through the commissioning ceremony and is sworn in as a Second Lieutenant. He or she is then ‘pinned’ with the rank of Second Lieutenant, the gold bar.