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ROTC Functions & Ceremonies

The purpose of ROTC Functions and Ceremonies is to build unit cohesion, sense of purpose and esprit de’ corps among the members of the Colonels’ Battalion. These events additionally give advanced course cadets the opportunity to develop their skills in planning and resourcing events.

Colonels’ Challenge

The Colonels’ Challenge is conducted the week prior to classes starting every fall. The purpose of this event is to recruit the best qualified individuals and develop the core of the freshman MS class.

Battalion Patching Ceremony

Each fall new Cadets will earn their unit patch by demonstrating their ability to meet the requirements of the Army ROTC program. To be eligible to participate in the patching ceremony new Cadets must be academically eligible, meet the requirements of physical training and be in good standing with the battalion.

Veteran’s Day Activities

Each year the battalion hosts and supports numerous Veteran’s Day related events. Typical events include the Veteran’s Day football game, re-dedication of the Veterans memorial on campus and others.

9/11 Ceremony

The Department of Justice & Safety, Army ROTC and the military and Veterans Affair office host the 9/11 ceremony every year. The day begins with a 9/11 remembrance ceremony and ends with a stair climb in Keene Hall. Participants climb the stairwell an equal number of times to represent the stairs climbed by the first responders at the World Trade Center. Cadets also provide an armed guard while a piece of the World Trade Center is out for display on campus.
Cadet Stakes: Each fall the ROTC program hosts a regional JROTC Raider competition on the campus. The competition takes a full day to complete and includes various team based events such as land navigation, physical training, mystery event, one-rope bridge and others.


Each fall the Battalion holds a Dining In for members of the unit. It is an internal social function designed to foster camaraderie and esprit de corps.

Drill Meet

Each spring the ROTC program hosts a regional JROTC Drill & Color Guard competition. The competition takes a full day and includes armed & unarmed drill and exhibition drill as well as a color guard competition and numerous other drill & ceremony tests.

Military Ball (Dining Out)

The military ball is the social event of the year where Cadets can bring dates for a formal dinner and dancing. This event is mandatory and only the PMS holds the authority to excuse Cadets.

Awards Ceremony

The battalion will host an awards ceremony every spring at the end of the semester. During the ceremony Cadets will be awarded various military and fraternal awards for their dedication and accomplishments over the year.

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