UNF’s Ranger Challenge Team is
a team that competes against other schools in a variety of physically and
mentally challenging events. The 6th Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition, which
typically takes place in February, is a two day competition with approximately
40 teams. Events have included: Day and night land navigation, written
exams, the Army Physical Fitness Test, rope bridge, weapons
assembly/disassembly, first aid scenarios, as well as other events.
During day 2 of the competition, teams ruck march between events and cover well
over 8 miles. Our RC Team has averaged over 300 on the APFT. Prior
to the competition, the team practices five or more days a week with physical
and technical training. RC is not for everyone, but those who survive the
cut prove to be selfless individuals that place the team above
themselves. The camaraderie, domain knowledge and physical toughness
gained through RC are all extremely rewarding. In addition, team members
improve their chances of getting a slot to Airborne or Air Assault
School. Those individuals who desire to challenge themselves and to be a
part of a team are encouraged to tryout each Fall.
Drill Team is a fairly new team of cadets. Our main goal is to learn Army Drill
and Ceremony while performing and representing our ROTC program. For those that
are unfamiliar, Drill and Ceremony encompasses how Soldiers work as a unit in
military marching movements. Drill teams also play a major role in how the
military is perceived. They demonstrate teamwork through discipline and
military bearing. Our Drill Team specifically learns unarmed regulation drill,
armed regulation drill, and precision rifle spinning. We also learn how to lead
platoon-sized elements. Becoming part of this team is an experience that will
build confidence in any cadet regardless of MS year. For those who are new to
the Company, the Drill Team would be a great way to understand military
structure. Also, joining will be beneficial in gaining points towards
accessions packets. No prior experience is necessary, but individuals must be
committed and team oriented.
Color Guard presents our nation’s colors when the national anthem is sung or
played. Our team is often asked to present our nation’s colors at events for
our campus president, government events, and at events held by well known
organizations. The benefits of being a member of Color Guard include accessions
points, training in military discipline and bearing, and drill and ceremony.
Our Cadets often go above and beyond to accomplish the missions put forth,
making the Color Guard a highly regarded team in the ROTC program. In order to
participate, you need to have dedication, display an understanding of drill and
ceremony, and actively participate.
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