ROTC Offers Many Opportunities to Excel

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.

Ranger Challenge
This voluntary team conducts the majority of its training in the fall semester in preparation for an intercollegiate competition with other ROTC Battalions.  Events focus on military skills that include physical fitness, foot marching, patrolling, and other basic military skills.  A senior serves as the Cadet OIC

Commander’s Cup
Each year UTSA Army and Air Force ROTC cadets compete in friendly competition. The cadet commanders agree upon the events and terms. Events such as football, basketball, soccer, 5k run, and physical fitness are designed to test the rivalry. The cadets compete for glory, honor, and the coveted Commander’s Cup Trophy.

Color Guard
This group presents the colors at high profile campus activities and at selected events throughout San Antonio.  A senior serves as the Cadet OIC.

Bataan Death March
Train a team of 8 Cadets to complete this 26 Mile march through the sands of New Mexico. As with all unit activities, priority will be given to Cadets based on APFT, GPA and organizational involvement. A senior serves as the OIC.

Army 10-Miler
Each year tens of thousands of runners and spectators come to Washington, DC to join in this race classic. Produced by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington, the Army Ten-Miler proceeds support Army Morale, Welfare and Recreation, a comprehensive network of support and leisure services designed to enhance the lives of soldiers and their families. The race starts and finishes at the Pentagon, passing by DC landmarks including the Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and the Capitol Building.
The mission of the Army Ten-Miler is for the Military District of Washington to safely conduct the Army’s annual 10-mile race to promote the Army, build esprit de corps, support fitness goals, and enhance community relations.

(Cultural Understanding and Linguistics Program) This program allows cadets to apply for a month-long summer program to work with a foreign military organization, take a language course or participate in an humanitarian project in a developing country. The program's objective is to create army officers who are more experienced in dealing with foreign cultures.

The Cadet Troop Leader Training provides Cadets the opportunity to experience leadership in Army Table of Organization and equipment (TO&E) units over a three to four week period. Cadets serve in lieutenant-level leadership positions in active-duty units. Platoon Leader positions have a 3-4 week duration depending on the hosting unit and location. Assignments include units that are located CONUS and OCONUS. Cadets are assigned a unit mentor, and are provided on-post lodging and meals via a Dining Facility. This program is exclusively designed for MS III Cadets before and after completion of the Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC). For more information, see

Staff Ride
Military Science Level IV Cadets from the Road Runner Battalion take part in the program’s annual Staff Ride to various historical locations. The Military Staff Ride is a event designed to help cadets and officers gain insight into a specific battle or conflict in order to come away with a better understanding of military history, tactics, terrain analysis, as well as battle command. A firm understanding of these areas is vital as they play into an officer’s ability to plan, execute and assess training and missions. The Army views the staff ride as a means of conveying the lessons of the past to the present day Army leadership for current application.

Intramural Sports
Cadets field athletic teams that compete against other university students in a wide variety of sports.

Airborne Training
Limited quotas for volunteer airborne training at Fort Benning, Georgia, are available to cadets who qualify. Applicants must have passed the airborne physical examination and attained the appropriate score on the APFT. Successful completion of this training entitles the cadet to wear the Army Airborne Badge. The three weeks of training are divided into ground, tower, and jump week. Ground week concentrates on building individual skills, such as, the parachute landing falls. Jump week consists of 5 successful jumps. For more information, see

Air Assault Training
Successful completion of this course allows the cadet to wear the Air Assault Badge. Requirements for selection are the same as for Airborne training. This 10-day school is designed to teach air assault skills and procedures, improve basic leadership skills, and instill the Air Assault spirit. During the course, cadets face such challenges as an obstacle course, physical training, rappelling, troop ladder, rigging and sling leading, road marches, and evaluations. The cadet can attend the Air Assault course at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, or Fort Campbell, Kentucky. For more information, see

Northern Warfare Training Course (NWTC)
Highly motivated and physically qualified cadets may apply for NWTC. The three-week training period is designed to familiarize the cadet with winter operations, to include a River Phase and a Glacier Phase. The rivers, mountains, and ice fields of Alaska provide a physical and mental challenge as well as tactical experiences in a mountainous region. For more information, see

Mountain Warfare Training
Mountain Warfare School is on the slopes of Vermont's Green Mountains. "Tough" is a good way of describing the winter phase of the Mountain Warfare School. In two weeks, soldiers learn to ski and snowshoe. They patrol through waist-deep snow, using altimeter barometers instead of compasses. They climb 30-feet walls of solid ice, perform crevasse rescues, and learn survival skills. For more information, see

Commissioning Ceremony
Each spring several cadets are commissioned into the United States Army during ceremonies held on campus. Families, friends, University Faculty and Staff and other distinguished guests take part in the commissioning as well as the ceremonial aspects of this special day in the life of a cadet.