University of Wisconsin - Madison
Badger Battalion ROTC has annual events that cadets are required or encouraged to attend, such as the Fall Military Ball and the Spring Semester Dining-In where cadets wear their Class A Uniforms, as well as monthly socials where cadets watch movies and eat pizza. In the past we’ve done paintball days, run marathons together, and worked to maintain our local campus forest area.

Military Ball

Badger Battalion ROTC has annual events that cadets are required or encouraged to attend, such as the Fall Military Ball and the Spring Semester Dining-In where cadets wear their Class A Uniforms, as well as monthly socials where cadets watch movies and eat pizza. In the past we’ve done paintball days, run marathons together, and worked to maintain our local campus forest area.

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.

Color Guard

The Badger Battalion Army ROTC Color Guard is a ceremonial unit within the ROTC program. The Color Guard presents the National Colors for home sporting games and official ceremonies such as Veterans' Day and Parades. The Color Guard is comprised of cadet volunteers and they earn extra recognition and participation points for their efforts. Color Guard offers cadets the opportunity to learn precision drill movements more thoroughly than through the regular ROTC curriculum. It also teaches composure and execution as cadets perform in front of 80,000 people at football and basketball games.

Scabbard and Blade

Scabbard and Blade is a joint service honor society that unites cadets and midshipmen from all over the country in military excellence. The society strives to better these cadets and midshipmen as future officers and to strengthen the joint service relationship through social events, service to the community, and leadership opportunities.

Military Ball

The Badger Battalion holds its annual Military Ball in the middle of the Fall Semester. This formal function is usually held in the large and majestic Great Hall of the Memorial Union. Cadets, cadre, and special guests bring their dates to the event which is designed to teach cadets about military social functions and build espirit de corps among the cadets.

Dining-In

The Dining In is a formal dinner held by a military organization to buildesprit de corps among the members of the command. The corps of cadets and cadre observe several traditions associated with the event to include observing therules of the mess, mixing the ceremonial grog (punch), posting the National Colors, performing skits, singing, and having a great time. The Cadet Battalion Commander serves as the President of the Mess and a junior cadet serves as Mr. Vice, who is the master of ceremonies.

Commissioning

Commissioning is the formal swearing in of the cadet as a new Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. Upon completion of academic studies and ROTC requirements, the cadets, surrounded by family and friends embark, on a new adventure as officers in military service. The commissioning ceremony is held jointly with the Air Force and Naval ROTC departments.

Fall Field Training Exercise (FTX)

Cadets are transported to Fort McCoy, WI and get acquainted with a military garrison environment. Cadets participate in day and night land navigation courses and set up a bivouac where they sleep for one night.

Length: 2 days (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon)

Tasks: Rappelling, Land Navigation, Basic Rifle Marksmanship, Land Navigation, Bivouac, Garrison Leadership, Leadership Reaction Course, Rappelling

Spring Combined Field Training Exercise (CFTX)

Junior cadets are transported to Fort McCoy for a 3 day version of the Leadership Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). Freshman and Sophomore cadets may volunteer to assist in the execution of the camp as members of the Opposing Force (OPFOR) or assistants in the Tactical Operations Center(TOC).

Length: 3 days (Thursday afternoon to Sunday afternoon)

Tasks: Squad Tactics, Land Navigation, Garrison Leadership, Field Leadership Reaction Course

Spring Battalion Field Training Exercise

Cadets are transported to Fort McCoy and are inserted into a simulated combat zone where they immediately begin squad infantry missions. Cadets take turns leading on different infantry missions and are given an opportunity to practice their tactics, leadership techniques and oral operations orders.

Length: 2 days hours (Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon)

Tasks: Battle Drills, Squad Movement, Operations Orders, Squad Tactics