"Through ROTC I have gained life long friends and connections that I can fall back on for help for the rest of my life." -Cadet Andrew Maurer, Colorado
What do we do?
The stated purpose of ROTC is to prepare
the future leaders of America to receive
a commission as a United States Army Officer.
To do this, the Golden Buffalo Battalion
Cadre use several methods and tools:
students are of course attending
college, and some aspects of military
knowledge can be taught best in the
classroom. These include management
skills, troop leading procedures,
map reading, and other leadership
curriculum information and a
list of classes.
week cadets participate in outdoor
training activities and involve skills
that are best taught outside a classroom
environment, such as terrain walks
to improve land navigation, squad
tactics, and survival training.
Field Training Exercises (FTX)
is ROTC's most demanding training
tool. One weekend a semester is reserved
for the Battalion to train at the
United States Air Force Academy where
the student is completely immersed
in an Army-style training environment.
FTX's are meant to simulate the conditions
that MSIII's will face in Advanced
Camp at Ft. Lewis.
Ranger Challenge Team
for Ranger Challenge Program is to
challenge cadets in tough mental
and physical competition, enhance
leader development, develop team
cohesion, and to develop healthy
competition among the battalions. Each
year, top cadets from around the
country gather to compete in Army
ROTC's varsity sport: the ROTC Ranger
Challenge. This voluntary competition
offers outstanding teamwork training
while demanding your best physical
and mental efforts. Events include
orienteering, in which teams use
land navigation skills to find 40
checkpoints over a four-square-mile
course; and constructing a one-rope
bridge, in which teams cross a 40-foot
water obstacle using a single rope
and plenty of ingenuity.
Other events include the grenade
assault course or grenade throw
(depending on course availability),
patrolling (option to administer
written test); land navigation,
M16 marksmanship, weapons disassembly
and assembly, and a 10K road march.
Army ROTC Color Guard
of Colorado- Boulder ROTC Color Guard
is one of our most highly respected
organizations. They are responsible
for carrying our nation's colors
during parades, football games, basketball
games, marches, and other various
Each year in Golden, the Army
ROTC Color Guard is requested to
be present at local parades. In
addition to the Color Guard, other
cadets are welcome to attend and
walk with the floats! To be part
of the Color Guard is an honor
and is truly respected.
Army ROTC has many groups available
to cadets, including the Color
Guard team that performs at various
events throughout the year.
Ball is an age-old tradition in the
Army. An occasion for which military
personnel dress in their finest uniforms,
a Military Ball is an opportunity
for cadets, cadre, alumni, and faculty
to interact in a social, albeit formal,
setting. Food, atmosphere, and entertainment
are festive, extravagant and pleasant.
Awards are presented to cadets. This
is very likely to be the most popular
event the Buffalo Battalion offers.
is a military tradition less formal
than the Military Ball. The purpose
is to acquaint cadets and reacquaint
the cadre with traditions of a military
formal dinner. There are many activities
such as toast, skits, and the infamous "grogg" bowl
ceremony. The Dining-In strengthens
the morale of the cadets and allows
for a fun time.
Ranger Buddy Team
Team also competes in the Best Ranger
Buddy Team competition during the
spring semester, put on by the University
of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. This
competition is a grueling one day
event which tests cadets mentally
and physically. Events consist of
a 4.5-mile ruck run, weapons assembly
and disassembly, mountaineering,
land navigation, litter carry, grenade
assault course, and finally a 6.2-mile
Tri Mil Competition
ROTC teaches cadets the importance
of comradery through many different
events. Cadets compete against the
Navy, Air Force, and Marine ROTC
cadets as a fun way to build competitive
spirit and teamwork.
Army ROTC cadets compete against
the Navy ROTC in a tug-of-war during
the Tri-Military competition.