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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.
The purpose of these events are to develop the core leadership competencies that make an Army Officer. Leadership competencies improve over an extended period of time, but the more you participate in the program, you will gain valuable leadership experience and acquire the confidence to be a proficient leader. Please reference Core Leadership Competencies if you want more information on this subject.
Here are the following attributes that are expected from Army Officers:
Throughout each semester cadets have the opportunity to participate in a field leadership reaction course (FLRC). The purpose of FLRC is to test your confidence and your ability to communicate a plan with a team. During the event, you are assigned to a squad (a team of 9-13 cadets) and then provided with a detailed mission to complete. By using your leadership and teamwork skills, you and your squad will motivate and push each member to complete the mission and overcome any obstacles that may by present.
FLRC is conducted at the Greenbush Education Center located just west of Girard, KS, as well as during the various leadership training exercises cadets attend throughout the year.
A Leaders Training Exercise is conducted twice a year at Camp Clark near Nevada, and Camp Crowder, with the purpose of evaluating a cadet’s leadership and teamwork skills. The MS IV Class is responsible for the planning and development of training with supervision from our Cadre. Training is focused around the MS III class in order to prepare them for CLC. Cadets are evaluated on Garrison Operations, Squad STX Lanes, Patrolling, and Land Navigation. MS I and II cadets operate as squad members and gain valuable experience but are not evaluated. Click here to view more LTX photos.
Ever wanted to fire an M16A2 rifle?, repel down a 60 foot tower with a 35 pound ruck sack?, or participate in tactical scenarios that push you to your physical and mental limits? If you ask questions like these or have a drive to try new exciting things, Ranger Challenge is the answer for you.
Ranger Challenge can be considered the "Varsity" sport of Army ROTC. Every year Gorilla Battalion cadets travel to a host university or military base to compete with multiple colleges and universities in a series of military tasks. In order to prepare for the competition, teams are tested mentally and physically by completing rigorous training and class room instruction. Just like a high school sport, Ranger Challenge requires a great commitment to a team, accountability for your actions, and a determined mindset. Click here to view Ranger Challenge photos.
Ranger Challenge Competition Events:
Ranger Challenge Fall 2014
Bravo Team - 2014 Regional Champions
As of Fall 2014, The Gorilla Battalion earned the title of Regional Champions. After competing against 22 universities and colleges, Bravo team took the 1st place position. Bravo team then went on to take 4th out of 44 schools during the Brigade Level Competition.
A time honored tradition at PSU, gorilla battalion cadets present the colors (United States and Kansas State Flag) at ceremonial events including home football games and local parades. Color Guard training demands precision and coordination from participating cadets, which enhance their dill and ceremony skills. The Gorilla Battalion Color Guard is in high demand by groups and communities in and around the Pittsburg area due to the exceptional performance by its members.
This elite group displays the Army’s strength through firepower and, sometimes pushups at PSU home football games. After each Pitt State touchdown, the 75mm cannon is fired and pushups are conducted according to how many points have been scored. Wimps need not apply because this group’s motto is: "Only the Strong Survive".
Each spring several cadets are commissioned into the United States Army during ceremonies held on each campus. Families, friends, the University Presidents and other distinguished guests take part in the commissioning as well as the ceremonial "First Salute" tradition. Click here to view more Commissioning photos.