Ram Battalion Events and Training

Leadership Training Exercise (LTX)

Each semester, students are given a tremendous opportunity to put into practice skills learned in class and leadership labs. During a LTX weekend, students spend four days in barracks and in the field practicing and honing rifle marksmanship, land navigation and leadership skills. Cadets also participate in the Squad Training Exercise (STX) lanes where they learn defense, ambush, raid, and reconnaissance techniques. There are also fun events for the cadets to participate in such as the grenade assault course, paintball, and CASEVAC procedures.

Ranger Challenge

The Ranger Challenge team is composed of some of the best tactical, technical and physical leaders the Ram Battalion has to offer. The team competes annually against other ROTC schools in the Rocky Mountain Region. Each year, the team hopes to win regionally in order to move on to the 5th Brigade Competition, as well as national level competitions. The 2013 CSU Ranger Challenge Team finished first at the regional level and second at the Brigade level, besting all but one other university from Wyoming, Utah, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Texas. Common competition tasks consist of the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), 10k Foot March, One-Rope Bridge river crossing, M-16 Assembly, Land Navigation, Patrolling tests, Orienteering, M-16 Qualification, Improvised Explosive Device Lanes, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care.

Bataan Memorial Death March

CSU Army ROTC sends an average two, 5 soldier teams to White Sands Missile Range in Las Cruces, NM in order to compete in the Bataan Memorial Death March every year. The competition is a 26.2 mile road march conducted in full uniform with each member carrying a 35lb. rucksack. This event honors members of the Army, Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines who were present at the Battle of Bataan in WWII. After months of surviving on half or quarter rations in Philippine Jungle conditions, the service members were captured and force marched roughly 65 miles to a Prisoner of War Camp. CSU Army ROTC’s teams routinely finish in the top three at the memorial race, taking an overall first place in 2010.

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