The Fighting Sioux Battalion participates in various events and activities on campus and in the surrounding community. Click on the links to the right to learn more about what our cadets are doing to serve their community.
Every week, the Army ROTC color guard team showcases the discipline and perfection that cadets strive for by performing at University events. Lead by the senior leadership, the color guard team practices weekly to excel at drill and ceremony. Every cadet has a chance to take part in a color guard ceremony and from the experience,they will learn many important drill and ceremony skills that they can use as an Army officer.
The Army ROTC has a hockey team that every cadet can take part in during the winter months. Every year, the team plays ten to twelve games against other UND intramural teams at the Ralph Engelstad Arena. The team’s main goal is to build strong relationships between cadets and have a good time playing hockey.
The rivalry between the Army and the Air Force is one not forgotten at UND. Every year, the cadets play a flag football game for bragging rights as to who is the superior branch. The game has been held at the Memorial football stadium and recently, the Alerus center. The game is always a grudge match but for years, the Army has been coming out on top.
Our cadets understand what it means to give back to the community and volunteer their time. Once every fall, Grand Forks hosts the Special Olympics for local area athletes who have disabilities. Our cadets take part in this event every year by providing referees, scorers, and fans. The cadets always enjoy spending the day with such wonderful people and seeing the joy they can bring to local citizens.
To help build confidence in our cadets, we provide them the opportunity to learn how to rappel. Cadets start their learning at the rappel wall located within in our armory. Here they learn the basics such as making the rappel harness and the proper commands for rappelling. Once they have the rappelling knowledge they need, the cadets’ rappel from larger obstacles located at Camp Ripley Minnesota. Rappelling is a skill that many cadets can carry on into their Army career.
Army tactics are one of the ways that cadets here at UND learn leadership. When the cadets said they wanted to experience a more intense form of training, we listened. Paintball is a fun and exciting game and now we have taken that game and turned it into a learning experience. Cadets actually perform missions using the paintball gear instead of using fake rifles and yelling "bang bang bang." Cadets enjoy the training and it something they look forward to every year.