Ranger Challenge

The Varsity Sport of ROTC


The Ranger Challenge team provides Cadets with an opportunity for some exciting and challenging training.  Ranger Challenge is the “Varsity Sport” of ROTC.  Annually, more than 300 universities nationwide, field teams to compete in a series of challenging events.  Cadets here at Niagara University compete against teams from areas in Second Brigade ROTC in a series of yearly competitions, which culminates in the Sandhurst Competition at West Point, NY.  Training for this event includes rigorous physical fitness workouts, information classes on various elements of light infantry tactics, and a weekend Field Training Exercise where rifle marksmanship, rope bridging, land navigation, and other skills are practiced.

Events include:

  • Basic Rifle Marksmanship                                                                     
  • Land Navigation
  • The Army Physical Fitness Test
  • Written Patrolling Exam                                                         
  • Weapons assembly/disassembly
  • Obstacle Course
  • 10-Kilometer forced road march
  • One Rope Bridge

The Ranger Challenge team is required to have 10 Cadets in order to compete.  All Cadets, men and women, scholarship and non-scholarship Cadets in all years of Military Science, are eligible to try out for the team.  Being a part of the Ranger Challenge team takes desire, commitment and as the name implies, the willingness to go further then you ever thought you could go.

Ranger Challenge is very demanding both physically and mentally. The team members train and have extra military studies five times a week.  While learning and exercising with fellow Cadets they build a strong camaraderie and additional military knowledge that will be important in their ROTC and future professional career.