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 Gorilla Battalion cadets take part in a FLRC each semester at the Greenbush Education Center located just west of Girard, KS. During this event, cadets are assigned to squads and then provided a mission to complete. By using their leadership and teamwork skills, cadets are able to accomplish their mission and overcome obstacles that may be present.
Field Training Exercise is conducted twice a year at Camp Clark near Nevada, and Ft. Leavenworth, 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 LDAC. 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.
The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to "compete" with each other completing military tasks. A team is composed of 8 to 10 cadets and is tested mentally and physically through rigorous training and competition. In addition to rope bridge assembly, cadets compete in a grenade assault course, the Army Physical Fitness Test, M16/M60 disassembly & assembly, land navigation course, and a 10K road march. The Gorilla Battalion has won 5 of the last 8 competitions.
A time honored tradition at PSU; 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, enhancing skills in Drill and Ceremony. 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.