WVSU’s Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Team Places High in Regional Competition


Contact: Dr. Donna M. Simon
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Nov 9, 2012

WVSU’s Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Team Places High in Regional Competition

INSTITUTE, W.Va. – A team from West Virginia State University’s Army ROTC program placed high in the recent Ranger Challenge held at Fort Pickett, Va.

The 11-member team from WVSU finished ninth in competition with similar sized programs, placing ahead of schools such as Hampton, Howard, and Virginia State University. The team also bested its finish from the 2011 Ranger Challenge when it finished 10th.

The annual Ranger Challenge featured more than 400 cadets from 89 ROTC programs from throughout a multi-state region.

The two-day event is the largest of its type on the East Coast, and featured competitions where ROTC cadets raced against the clock and each other in a variety of physical and mentally challenging events that were planned along an eight-mile route. 

Cadet teams would road march and would be faced with tasks along the way such as assembling M-16 rifles, land navigation, and operating common military radios.

Academic skills were also emphasized throughout the weekend, allowing team leaders to find the best possible solution toward complex team problems such as crossing a stream using only 120-feet of rope, team members and their equipment.

The ROTC cadets had trained for the Ranger Challenge since the start of the fall semester.

In the spring, the WVSU cadets will participate in a training exercise that will also involve West Virginia University and Marshall University.  The in-state exercise is designed to prepare third-year ROTC students to attend the Summer Leadership Development and Assessment Course.  Held near Tacoma, Wash., the annual event is the largest ROTC gathering in the nation, featuring over 6,000 cadets from 273 schools.

The Yellow Jacket Battalion at West Virginia State University features students from WVSU, the University of Charleston, Glenville State College and the West Virginia University Institute of Technology. There are a total of 60 Cadets in the battalion, of which 16 are WVSU students.

For more information about the Yellow Jacket Battalion call (304) 389-1985 or e-mail rotcmail@wvstateu.edu.


West Virginia State University is a public, land grant, historically black university, which has evolved into a fully accessible, racially integrated, and multi-generational institution, located in Institute, WV. As a “living laboratory of human relations,” the university is a community of students, staff, and faculty committed to academic growth, service, and preservation of the racial and cultural diversity of the institution. Its mission is to meet the higher education and economic development needs of the state and region through innovative teaching and applied research.


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