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See how interesting college can be when you’re a part of Army ROTC. You’ll be a college student first and foremost, just like the rest of the student body, but there’s a key difference: you’ll have even more opportunities to succeed.

These opportunities include Field Training Exercises (FTXs) in the spring and fall where Cadets build their teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets also participate in Physical Training (PT) on a regular basis to keep up their strength and endurance.

In addition, each battalion has its own unique calendar of events and activities.

At six thirty every Monday through Friday, cadets of the Battalion are already up, doing pushups, situps, and running. PT is held in a variety of locations that include the West Gym, UNI Dome, UNI WRC, NU High Track, and along different running routes on campus. After getting used to the early wakeup, cadets have reported the satisfaction they have knowing they've improved themeselves physically before their peers have even woke up.

Throughout the semester, cadets assemble to take part in an educational lab. When weather permits, practical exercises in movement and battle drills are taught, and as weather gets bad, the class moves inside for lectures. The following are just a few of the exciting things you will experience at leadership lab:

    * Lead a squad and platoon size element through tactical STX and patrolling missions.
    * Disassemble and assemble an M16A2 rifle and conduct function checks on a malfunctioning weapon
    * Recognize the symptoms of cold and hot weather injuries as well as how to treat them
    * Navigate your way through terrain with only a map, protractor, and compass