Additional training opportunities
UNI ROTC participates in several events and activities, some held on-campus and others by surrounding Universities. All cadets are encouraged to participate in any event they are interested in. These events strengthen our organization through teamwork and skill-based knowledge gained by all. Information about some these events and activities is given below.
Ranger Challenge is a competition held annually at Camp Dodge in Des Moines, Iowa. The competitions is often called "15 hours of Pain." Teams consisting of nine members each are graded on speed and accuracy in eight events including: Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), rifle marksmanship, one-rope bridge, hand grenade assault course, orienteering, weapons assembly/disassembly, and a 10 kilometer road march with gear and a rucksack.
UNI ROTC's nine member team trains weekly throughout the semester for each of these events.
Similar to Ranger Challenge, but instead of a 9 man-team, participants compete in 2-person teams. Buddy Challenge takes place in the spring at Lawrence, Kansas. The competition consists of 2-person teams from ROTC Departments across the Mid-West competing in the same skills against other schools and competing against cadets from their own school.
Personal experiences from additional training – Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency Program
On her CULP experience in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.
"I had the opportunity to teach adult’s math and reading in order to pass the entrance exam to the military. We spent a month learning about the Marshallese culture and learning about the community."