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Events and Activities
UNI ROTC participates in several events and activities, some held on-campus and others by surrounding Univeristies. 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 annualy at Camp Dodge in Des Moines, Iowa. The competiitions 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 markmanship, 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.
America's largest 10-mile race, in which many members of the armed forces attend, is held in Washing D.C. every year. Participants run along the streets of downtown D.C. passing many historical landmarks along the route. UNI ROTC cadets have participated in this race in the past, are very happy they did, and look forward to the run year after year.