Virginia Military Institute
VMI Cadets demonstrate their proficiency in a wide variety of warrior skills at Ranger Challenge competitions.

Cadets negotiating a water operations course

VMI Cadets demonstrate their proficiency in a wide variety of warrior skills at Ranger Challenge competitions.

“ VMI Army ROTC has taught me how to succeed where others have failed. ”

Andrew Czaplicki, 1LT, CM – VMI Class of 2008

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.

ROTC Offers Many Opportunities to Excel

<p>In Army ROTC, it's not all classroom and field training. There are many opportunities for you to get to know your fellow cadets better and increase your skills in a variety of areas. Learn more about these events and activities below.</p>

Ranger Challenge

<p>The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to "compete" with each other in a variety of military tasks. There are physical fitness drills, ruck marches, marksmanship competitions, obstacle courses, land navigation exercises and more. </p>

Ranger Company and Cadet Battery

<p>The VMI ROTC department also sponsors a Ranger Company and Cadet Battery for those cadets who wish to further their experiences in a field of interest.  The VMI Ranger Company focuses on urban operations and other light infantry specialties, while the Cadet Battery does hands-on training with VMI’s own 105mm howitzers.</p>

Commissioning Ceremony

<p>Twice a year, cadets are commissioned into the United States Army during ceremonies held on each campus. Families, friends, and distinguished guests take part in the commissioning as well as the ceremonial "First Salute" tradition.</p>