Events and Activities
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.
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.
The Dining Out
Each spring cadets attend a formal dinner function. The Dining Out embodies many traditions of the service, including the punch bowl ceremony, good-natured skits, and honoring the fallen. Cadets and their dates alike leave the dining out looking forward to the next time.
Field Training Exercises
Once each semester, cadets gather one weekend to train on patrolling techniques, navigation, and maneuvering a squad. These exercises are a bonding experience and create lasting memories for the cadets.
Each year CDTs can participate in the color guard team. The Army ROTC color guard has the honor of presenting the colors at multiple military or military affiliated events. The color guard team also joins with other ROTC branches act as the color guard at home football games and other athletic events.
Military Appreciation Game
Each Fall the University dedicates a game day to honor the armed services. Contracted Cadets have the opportunity to march on the field at halftime and be recognized with the other branches of service as well as our student veterans.
Each 9/11 the Rebel Battalion along with counterpart services run in honor of the many first responders and citizens that lost their lives on that fateful day. Each year the cadets place 3000 flags in the circle to represent the 3000 lives lost on 9/11.
Egg Bowl Run
Each fall prior to the football game vs Mississippi State cadets run 41 miles from Oxford to Calhoun City to meet MSU Army ROTC at the halfway point pass off the game ball. Teams of cadets take turns running with the game day ball during the 41 mile stretch. Spectators and supporters cheer along the route and in Calhoun City, UM and MSU have a ceremony in the Calhoun City Square.
The Chancellor’s Review
The Chancellor’s Review is a yearly tradition in which all of the ROTC programs conduct a pass and review in front of the University staff and alumni. The Chancellor is a part of the open rank inspection. This is followed by the march and salute of units as they pass their cadre.
The Commissioning Ceremony
At each commencement several cadets are commissioned as lieutenants in the United States Army. Families, friends, university officials and other distinguished guests take part in the commissioning and in the celebration afterward.