University of Richmond
Cadets Preparing for Combat Water Survival Training

Cadets Preparing for Combat Water Survival Training

“ I feel the UR ROTC program has prepared me to face the challenges of being an Infantry officer in today’s Army as well as or better than any other commissioning source. This is supported by my peers and platoon trainers here at Infantry Officer Basic Course. ”

Brian Handley, Oswego, NY


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.

Field Training Exercises

Each spring and fall, Spider Battalion cadets train off-campus for two days at a military installation. Training focuses on land navigation, marksmanship, squad tactics training, and patrol base operations. This training helps prepare MSIIIs to excel at the Leadership development Assessment Course held each summer at Ft. Lewis, WA.

Leadership Lab Day

Leadership Lab day is held once per semester on the University of Richmond campus. Cadets plan and execute a variety of training events to prepare them for life as a junior officer in the United States Army. Skills used at LLD set the groundwork for follow-on training during the battalion’s Field Training Exercises.`