UNH Army ROTC - Cadet Handbook

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This handbook gives you, the Cadet, a primary source of information on Wildcat Battalion subjects and procedures.

ROTC Cadre and cadets who have gone before you created the cadet handbook.  It is updated annually to insure you have the best and latest information.

But this handbook is no good unless you read it.  The information in it will help you immediately and in the future.  Make use of it.  Let’s have a great year!

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The information and principles set forth in this guide will help you make the transition to college life and ROTC, while developing the metal to become men and women of distinction who serve their country with pride.

The mission of Army ROTC is to commission the future officer leadership of the United States Army, and to motivate young people to be better citizens.

The ROTC program provides you with the opportunity to obtain a general military education in conjunction with your liberal arts education. Recognizing that well-educated officers are essential to the Army, the ROTC program emphasizes the blending of civilian and military scholarship and leadership.

Officers must understand the military force as an instrument of national policy and diplomacy, and they must be able to objectively correlate national security with citizenship. 


The tradition of military instruction on civilian college campuses in America began in 1819, with the establishment of Norwich University, the nation's first private military college.  The idea soon spread to other institutions, including the Virginia Military Institute, the Citadel, and the University of Tennessee.  The Land Grant Act of 1862 (also known as the Morrill Act) reinforced this tradition by specifying that courses in military tactics should be offered at the college and university campuses established as a result of this act.

Although 105 colleges and universities offered this instruction by the turn of the century, the college military instruction program was not closely associated with the Army's needs.  The National Defense Act of 1916 abandoned the idea of an expandable Regular Army and firmly established the traditional concept of the citizens' army as the keystone of our defense forces.  It merged the National Guard, the Army Reserve, and the Regular Army into the Army of the United States. Officers for this expanded citizen' army were to be presented with military instruction in colleges and universities under a Reserve Officers Training Corps.  Army ROTC was then firmly established in the form by which it is known today.

By the beginning of World War I, ROTC had placed some 90,000 officers in the reserve pool.  In 1917 and 1918, the majority of these officers were called to active duty.

At the outbreak of World War II, more than 56,000 Army ROTC officers were called to active duty within a six-month period.  By the end of World War II, more than 100,000 had served.  Since 1945, more than 328,000 people from all walks of life have received commissions through the ROTC program.

The United States Army Cadet Command was organized 15 April 1986 at historic Fort Monroe, Virginia -- blending the vibrancy of a new command with the traditions of the Army's oldest, continuously active Army installation.  In 1986 Ranger Challenge was also established.

Cadet Command's roots are deeply embedded in Americana with its heritage of the citizen-soldier extending back to the nineteenth century when military training was introduced at Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont.

The lineage of Cadet Command's Reserve Officers' Training Corps, dates back to 1916, and the passage of the National Defense Act.

A new chapter began with the consolidation of all ROTC activities within Cadet Command, an organization forging its own identity and its own traditions.

References derived from the 29 page booklet
CENTENNIAL: 100 Years of ROTC at UNH  (Allen, J. & LeBoef, T.)

Army officer training began at UNH during the 1893-1994 academic year when the decision was made to begin a program with the selection of an instructor in Military Science.  Lieutenant Henry Hodges, of the 22nd Infantry, reported as the program's first instructor in September, 1894.  The 1895-1896 course catalog first listed Military Science and Tactics.

The program grew slowly through the Spanish American War period, and up to World War I.  In 1918 a major transition took place -  the Military Science program was deactivated while the University became a major facility for the "Student Army Trainings Corps" to meet the needs of the service, and reactivated following the war in 1919.  Several Barracks were built on UNH grounds in 1918 to house Army students, all of which were later demolitioned.

In 1922 The U.S. Congress officially organized the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) providing its present name under the National Defense Act.  The following year, in 1923, the University of New Hampshire also received its present name, having previously been known as New Hampshire College. 

The program continued to evolve through the 1920's and 1930's.  During the 1940-1941 the War (Pilot) Training Service Program was established by the University in cooperation with the Civil Aeronautics Administration.  Flight instruction was conducted at the Laconia Airport.

In 1942 the entire UNH ROTC Junior class was sent to Fort Benning, Georgia for Basic Training and Officer Candidate School (OCS).  This obviously accelerated the officer training and utilization of this group of cadet for service in World War II.  By 1944 UNH and other ROTC programs in the nation had such a profound impact on the Army that a study of five veteran combat divisions revealed that over 75% of their Captains and Majors were ROTC graduates.

In World War II's post-war years, the basic and the advance courses of instruction would be re-defined, as well as the development of what would become a new branch of service, the U.S. Air Force.  After 1951-1952, the Army and Air Force became separate ROTC Programs. 

The 1950's was a period of minor change, while the 1960's saw an expansion of military activities and societies on campus.  In 1964, the 10th New Hampshire Volunteers, modeled after the original Roger's Rangers, was activated.  In 1969, at the height of the Vietnam War, 80 officers were commissioned from UNH Army ROTC. 

In 1973 women were admitted to the Crops, and in 1977 the first woman graduate was commissioned.  During the 1980s the number of Army ROTC graduates averaged about 27 per year.  That number today is about 20 per year.  The program continues to be robust, with approximately 100 cadets, cadre and staff.

UNH Army ROTC alumni have been active members of the Global War or Terror, participating in operations in Iraq, Afghanistan, and defending the United States at home.  Evolving to meets the future needs of the Army, UNH Army ROTC continues to deliver avenues of career growth for the young men and women determined to accept it. 

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The Cadet Creed was adopted in June 1988 to imbue Army Cadets with values, which will be critical to being successful cadets and later Army officers. The Creed is displayed at Headquarters, Cadet Command and at all region and cadet battalion headquarters.  The Creed is short but contains a profound message.

I am an Army Cadet.  Soon I will take an oath and become an Army Officer committed to DEFENDING the values, which make this Nation great. HONOR is my touchstone.  I understand MISSION first and PEOPLE always.

I am the PAST: the spirit of those WARRIORS who have made the final sacrifice.

I am the PRESENT: the scholar and apprentice soldier enhancing my skills in the science of warfare and the art of leadership.

But above all, I am the FUTURE: the future WARRIOR LEADER of the United States Army. May God give me the compassion and judgment to lead and the gallantry in battle to WIN.

I WILL do my DUTY.


Defending the values, which make this Nation greatCadets, upon being commissioned, take an oath to defend, with their lives when necessary, the Constitution of the United States of America.  This document, created more than two centuries ago after our Nation's valiant struggle for independence, is the keystone of our way of life, of the world's most stable democracy.  Our Nation derives its strength from the consent of the governed.  The basic tenets of our Constitution are that all men have certain natural inalienable rights and that men are born equal and must be treated equal before the law.  These are powerful words, but words that have meaning only as long as we, as Americans, are willing to defend our value system as embodied in our Constitution.  Each Army Cadet is honor bound to do, both as a cadet and latter as a commissioned officer.

HONOR is my touchstone.  Honor is used in two ways when referring to Army Cadets. Serving the people of the United States as a commissioned officer is an honor afforded only a small fraction of our young men and women.  More importantly, "with honor" describes how an Army Cadet will serve upon being commissioned.  Honor is the bedrock upon which the Army Officer builds a successful career.  Honor encompasses integrity and dedication.  Honor is the thread, which holds together the fabric of our Army as it discharges its critical mission of being the peace in our world.  Serving with honor begins in the cadet years and builds throughout one's career.

MISSION first and PEOPLE always.  The Army Cadet who burns these five words into his memory will always get the job done, which is the essence of being an Army Officer.  A commissioned officer has a sacred obligation to take care of the men and women entrusted to his unit, to guide, to train, to teach and to counsel. The leader who cares for his people will always command the respect and dedicated service of his soldiers, assuring mission accomplishment.

I am the PASTThe legacy of the Army Cadet dates to the colonial Army that won our independence.  It has been enriched by each generation that served in time of peace to safeguard our security and in time of war to secure victory through supreme sacrifice.  The tradition of the Army Cadet is to live up to the magnificent example set by their former comrades-in-arms, in our land and overseas, as the guardians of liberty.

I am the PRESENT.  Army Cadets are talented people who are molded into superior leaders through a commitment to excellence by the officers and noncommissioned officers who are Cadet Command.  The skills of the Army Cadet are enhanced in the classroom, at field training exercises, at Advanced Camp and Basic Camp, and through Ranger Challenge.  The Army Cadet who dedicates himself to excellence will become an officer who is both a war winner and a respected leader.

 I am the FUTURE.  Army Cadets are indeed the Army's future officer leadership. Into the hands of Army Cadets across the Nation will be placed the responsibility of leading the outstanding young Americans who fill the enlisted ranks of our Army.  Our Army Cadets will be challenged to maintain and strengthen our Army and to master the futuristic weapons systems being fielded.  Being an officer-leader will be both a challenge and an opportunity.  Each Army Cadet must live up to his or her full potential to become a WARRIOR LEADER with the "Right Stuff" to be a war winner.

I will do my DUTY.  Doing one's duty encompasses all the traits inherent in being an Army Cadet and an Army Officer.  In the words of one of America's most respected Army commanders, General Robert E. Lee, "Duty is the most sublime word in our language.  Do your duty in all things.  You cannot do more.  You should never wish to do less."

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Cadet Command's colors are the crisp black and gold of America's senior military service, attesting to the Command's critical mission: TO COMMISSION THE FUTURE OFFICER LEADERSHIP OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY.

Mrs. Maria Foster, wife of Sergeant Major Calvin Foster of the U.S. Army Fourth Region, U.S. Army Cadet Command, hand-stitched the first colors of the Command.  The Flag was presented to Major General Robert E. Wagner, the first Commanding General of Cadet Command, by SGM Foster on 2 May 1986 at Continental Park, Fort Monroe, at ceremonies marking the organization of the new Command.

From 2 May 1986 to 16 December 1987, the Foster Flag proudly flew at numerous Cadet Command ceremonies.  It symbolizes the dedication of Cadet Command to promoting "Leadership Excellence" and the commissioning of the future officer leadership of the United States Army.

The Foster Flag now stands in a place of honor, in the foyer of Cadet Command Headquarters at Fort Monroe.


Cadet Command's shoulder patch was authorized 8 April 1986.  Its crest was authorized on 22 August 1986.  The symbolism of both insignia is identical.  The shield symbolizes the Army mission of national defense and is divided into quarters representing the four traditional military science courses comprising the Senior ROTC curriculum.  The sword signifies the courage, gallantry, and self-sacrifice intrinsic to the profession of arms.  The lamp denotes the pursuit of knowledge, higher learning, and the partnership of Army ROTC with American colleges and universities.  The Greek helmet is symbolic of the ancient civilization concept of the warrior scholar.  The motto "Leadership Excellence" expresses the ultimate responsibility of Army ROTC in the discharge of its moral responsibility to the Nation.


Cadet Park at Headquarters Cadet Command was dedicated 28 April 1987 as part of the first anniversary observance of the Command.  Cadet Park was dedicated in the year of the Bicentennial of the American Constitution, the Document our cadets swear to defend and preserve upon being commissioned.

On 17 September 1987, the following designation was given to Cadet Park at Headquarters, Cadet Command: "The Commission on the Bicentennial of the United States Constitution has granted official recognition to Cadet Park and declared it to be of national significance with substantial educational and historical value."

But it is more than that. Cadet Park at Command Headquarters, and those at each region, and are also our symbolic link to the university community.  Our parks commemorate the men and women who have earned Army commissions through Cadet Command and are serving their Nation proudly as officer-leaders.  This commissioning process is made possible by the administration and faculties of colleges and universities throughout our country who have opened their campuses to Cadet Command and are our active partners in "Commissioning the Future Officer Leadership of the United States Army."


An integral part of Cadet Command reviews and ceremonies is the firing of a three-volley cannonade saluting the pillars of our service to our Nation – "Duty, Honor, Country."

DUTY -- obedience and disciplined performance. Despite difficulty or danger, duty requires self-responsibility and selfless devotion.

HONOR -- encompassing integrity and dedication. Honor is the thread that holds together the fabric of our Army.

COUNTRY -- for which men and women have given their lives. Our country shines as the light of freedom and dignity to the world.


At training camps cadets carry with pride the colors of the Active Army regiment.  This tradition gives each cadet a direct link to an active Army unit, which helped defend our Nation in time of war.

Ranger Challenge, Cadet Command's "varsity sport," helps weld each cadet battalion to its college or university.  Ranger Challenge participants compete with honor, both for their cadet battalions and their schools.   Equally as important, Ranger Challenge acts as the magnet that draws to our battalions’ cadets who will be the Army's combat leaders and "war winners."


Toasts are an integral part of all formal military functions. The number and wording will vary at each event but one toast will be used at all Cadet Command functions:

"I Propose a Toast to Cadet Command."

"To Our Cadets!"

The toast attests to the fact that Cadet Command is "For and About Cadets."

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1.    Cadet Creed - All members of the Wildcat Battalion at formations and other special events recite the Cadet Creed. In this way the Creed becomes a living reaffirmation of our purpose.

2.    Unit Patch - Coming Soon!

3.    Unit Crest - Coming Soon!

4.    Cadet Battalion Organization - The Battalion is organized in similar, but slightly modified to a regular army battalion.  It is comprised of a headquarters/staff detachment and 1 company comprised of 2 platoons.  Each platoon contains cadets from the MS I, II, and III classes.  It is commanded and staffed by cadets.

5.    Battalion Leadership Selection - The PMS (Professor of Military Science) selects cadets for leadership positions on the basis of their demonstrated leadership qualities, proficiency in military subjects, attitude, academics, and participation in the program.  Cadet officers are generally MS IVs. Positions are rotated twice a year for the principal staff.



(a)  Battalion Commander Cadet Lieutenant Colonel

(b)  Battalion XO Cadet Major

(c)  Guidon Bearer (MS I)

(2)  ADJUTANT SECTION (Personnel & Admin)

(a)  S-1 Cadet Captain

(b)  Assistant S-1


(a)  S-3 Cadet Major

(b)  Assistant S-3


(a)  S-4 Cadet Captain

(b)  Assistant S-4


(a)  S-5 Cadet Major


Commander Cadet Captain

Team Coach - Cadre Mentor

6.    Staff Elements - Each staff element is comprised of an Officer in Charge (OIC), and assistants. The OIC and assistants are usually MS IVS, but may include other selected cadets. Ranks and staffing structure will vary based on the situation.

7.    Company Leadership Positions - C

adre will designate leadership positions for MS III's.  The cadet battalion commander will determine all other positions.  There is MORE to a leadership position than lab!

8.    Duties and Responsibilities of the Staff

    a.    ALL STAFF OFFICERS have the responsibility to maintain SOPs and continuity binders for their sections and creating and maintaining working files. Each Staff Officer ensures the XO; the Battalion Commander and Cadre point of contact are informed on actions being taken with the staff.  Additionally, the Staff Officer is responsible for accountability of personnel, equipment, and duties assigned.

    b.    The BATTALION COMMANDER is responsible for all cadet battalion activities.  He or she must insure activities and training are planned and coordinated by the cadet staff, and the activities or training are professionally executed.  The Commander sets the direction and standards for the battalion.

    c.    The BATTALION EXECUTIVE OFFICER (XO) is the commander’s principal assistant for directing, coordinating, supervising, and training the staff except in areas the commander reserves.  The commander normally delegates executive management authority to the XO.  The XO frees the commander from routine details and passes pertinent data, information, and insight from the staff to the commander and from the commander to the staff.

    d.    The BATTALION S-1 is the principal staff officer for all matters concerning human resources including personnel readiness, personnel services, and headquarters management.

    e.    The BATTALION S-3 is the principal staff officer for all matters concerning training, operations and plans.

    f.    The Battalion S-4 is the staff officer responsible for coordinating the logistics integration of supply, maintenance, transportation, and services for the command.

    g.    The BATTALION S-5 plans, coordinates and supervises cadet recruiting and public affairs activities, to include; mail outs, recruiting booths, telephone campaigns, and sanctioned fund raising activities.  He/she works directly with the cadre Recruiting Operations Officer (ROO).  Informs cadets of enrollment activities and maintains a cadet recruiting incentive award program.  The S-5 also maintains a battalion scrapbook of ROTC/Wildcat Battalion advertising.

    h.    LEADERSHIP LABORATORY OICs are selected from the MS IV Class.  Lab OICs are responsible for ensuring high quality training.  OICs are provided with a topic, training objective and other guidance.  From this, he/she selects assistant instructors and coordinates for resources from other staff officers.  Lab OICs insure MOIs, lesson plans, and after-action reports are prepared and filed for continuity.  In addition, they must conduct all related briefings at the weekly MS IV Training Meeting.

    i.    The RANGER CHALLENGE TEAM COMMANDER plan and implement Ranger Challenge physical fitness training.  Organize additional training for the Ranger Challenge competition tasks.  Coordinate supply and administrative requirements with the team coach-a Cadre mentor, to include Ranger Challenge Team  qualifications, training program and team selection.

    j.    The COLOR GUARD COMMANDER is responsible for recruiting and training the Color Guard, coordinating administrative and logistics for performances, and implementing the Color Guard SOP.  The Cadet Color Guard Commander  works closely with the Cadre mentor, usually the SMI.

 9.    Duties and Responsibilities of Company Personnel.


(1)    Commands and controls the Company.
(2)    Executes tactical officer/NCO and committee instruction.
(3)    Executes the daily training plans.
(4)    Disseminates information/issues orders.
(5)    Exercises command through the chain of command.
(6)    Inspects and follows up on instructions.
(7)    Accepts responsible for all unit actions.

b.    The Company Executive Officer (XO)

(1)    Performs duties directed by CO.
(2)    Acts as CO in his absence.
(3)    Coordinates for ration/mess, water and resupply operations.
(4)    Supervises distribution of equipment and supplies.
(5)    Establishes movement load plans.

c.    The First Sergeant (1SG)

(1)    Accounts for personnel prepares morning reports.
(2)    Conducts company formations.
(3)    Controls sick call and other personal absences.
(4)    Issues order/instructions through the NCO chain of command.
(5)    Ensures barracks/personal appearance standards are met.
(6)    Conducts drill and ceremonies at the company level.
(7)    Supervises and controls field messing.
(8)    Supervises maintenance and control of equipment through the NCO chain of command.

10.    Duties and Responsibilities of Platoon Personnel.


(1)    Commands and controls the platoon.
(2)    Executes the CO’s instructions/orders.
(3)    Conducts troop leading procedures.
(4)    Inspects and follows up on instructions.
(5)    Prepares and issues OPORDs.
(6)    Controls tactical movements.
(7)    Conducts platoon offensive, defensive and patrolling operations.
(8)    Conducts platoon battle drills.
(9)    Plans, calls for and adjusts fire.
(10)    Accepts responsibility for all platoon actions.
(11)    Renders reports; keeps the chain of command informed.


(1)    Controls and accounts for personnel and equipment.
(2)    Ensures barracks/personal appearance meet standards.
(3)    Supervises the issue of equipment, ration, and ammunition to the squads for the platoon.
(4)    Conducts platoon formations.
(5)    Conducts drill and ceremonies at the platoon level.
(6)    Performs duties directed by the PL.
(7)    Conducts pre-combat inspections.
(8)    Supervises the occupation of assembly areas, defensive positions and patrol bases.
(9)    Assists the PL in tactical movements/battle drills; assists in the conduct of the platoon attack/defense.
(10)    Conducts resupply/redistribution activities.
(11)    Supervises construction of individual and crew-served fighting position.
(12)    Supervises and controls maintenance and turn-in of equipment.

11.    Duties and Responsibilities of the Squad Personnel.


(1)    Controls and accounts for personnel and equipment.
(2)    Ensures barracks/personal appearance meet standards.
(3)    Supervises distribution of equipment, ration, and ammunition.
(4)    Controls squad formation and movements.
(5)    Prepares and issues OPORDs.
(6)    Conducts squad offensive, defensive and patrolling operations.
(7)    Conducts squad battle drills.
(8)    Establishes LP/OPs.
(9)    Ensures squad and squad member equipment is maintained and secured.

12.    Rank Structure of Cadets Based on Class.


(1)    MS I/II

(a)    C/PVT - 1st QTR ROTC Cadet.

(b)    C/PV2 - Complete 1st SEM w/ 3.0 in ROTC, enroll in 2nd SEM,  recommendation by Cadre.

(c)    C/PFC - Complete 2nd SEM w/ 3.0 in ROTC, enroll in 3rd SEM, recommendation by Cadre.

(d)    C/CPL - Complete 3rd SEM w/ 3.0 in  ROTC, enroll in 4th SEM, pass APFT, recommendation by Cadre.


(a)    C/SGT - All MS III Cadets


(a)    C/SSG (SL) - Designated by Rotation

(b)    C/SFC (PSG) - Designated by Rotation

(c)    C/2LT (PL) - Designated by Rotation

(d)    C/1SG (1SG) - Designated by Rotation

(e)    C/1LT (XO) - Designated by Rotation

(f)    C/CPT (CO) - Designated by Rotation

(g)    C/2LT - All MS IV Cadets unless in battalion leadership positions.

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1.    As an Officer, one of the most important responsibilities will be training your soldiers.  Wildcat Battalion training is mentally challenging, physically rigorous, exciting and fun.  The training is designed to prepare you for ROTC Camps, service as a commissioned officer, and to be a better citizen.  Our training program is progressive and sequential.  Mastering the skills will set conditions for your future success in or out of the Army.

      a.    Leadership Lab - Labs provide practical experience in leadership and military skills.  Labs stress practical application of skills and techniques learned in the classroom. T hey also provide a means for developing camaraderie among cadets. A ctivities conducted at LABs are squad tactics and patrolling, rappelling, water survival, first aid, weapons familiarization, drill and ceremonies, communications, land navigation and more.  Leadership Labs are held about five times a semester, Friday afternoons from 1310-1700 and are an integral part of your development.  Cadets who participate in the total ROTC program will succeed at ROTC Camps.  You should plan to attend every labIf you must miss a lab, request excusal from your instructor prior to lab.

    b.    Classroom - The class schedule for each military science year group is different, along with the subject matter taught.  Questions on what the course will offer or what is expected can be found in the course syllabus, or by asking the instructor.

    c.    Field Training Exercises (FTX) - This is were the "rubber meets the road."  Cadets practice tasks taught in the classroom and leadership lab in a field environment.  Generally, FTXs are held once per semester and vary in length from 24 to 48 hours depending on the type training that is involved.  Topics range from rappelling to land navigation to small unit tactics.

    d.    Physical Training - Being physically fit is good for everyone and it’s a requirement for Army officers.  Like other training PT is sequential and progressive. Basic course cadets will participate in PT.  If you are an Advanced Course cadet the PT is significantly more intense as you prepare for ROTC Camps.

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1.    General - The Department of Military Science encourages cadets to participate in organizations and activities on campus, as well as those sponsored by Army ROTC. These activities promote leadership opportunities, increase knowledge, provide a forum for exchanging ideas, and enhance camaraderie and fun.

2.    Army ROTC Organizations and Activities.

        a.    10th NH Regiment.  The 10th NH Regiment is an extra-curricular UNH Army ROTC organization dedicated to maintaining traditions of officership and providing additional training opportunities.  The 10th provide community support in the form of assisting with American Red Cross blood drives at UNH and with roadside cleanup along Route 4 in Durham, NH.

        b.    Color Guard. Members of the Color Guard receive special instruction in all the mechanics associated with honoring the National Colors, to include drill and ceremonies and the manual of arms.  The Color Guard presents the Colors at campus social events and community functions throughout the school year. Interested cadets may contact the cadet Color Guard Captain or the Senior Military Instructor (SMI).

        c.    Ranger Challenge. R anger Challenge is a grueling, nonstop competition designed to provide the ultimate physical and mental challenge to our cadets. Those who make it to the final competition truly represent the best Army ROTC has to offer.  ROTC members team up by school to match stamina, determination and military skills in an annual competition that has been called the most demanding intercollegiate contest in the country.  "The Warrior Spirit - that's what Ranger Challenge is all about."

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1.    GENERAL -  As a member of the Battalion, you will be issued various uniforms and items of military equipment. You are responsible for safeguarding and maintaining everything issued to you.

 2.    SUPPLY PROCEDURES - The Supply Room is located in the lower level of Zais Hall.  Hours of operation are posted.  Appointments can be made by calling 862-1078.  E-mail address and phone number will also be posted on the supply room door.

3.    Issues - All enrolled cadets will draw required clothing and equipment.  Cadets must sign receipts for issued items, and are responsible for accountability, care and cleaning.

        a.    Maintenance.

                (1)    Army Green (Class A) uniform items are to be dry cleaned.  All other uniform items, except field equipment, are to be laundered.  Field equipment will be brushed off, hand washed in mild soap, and drip-dried.

                (2)    Equipment and footwear worn-out through normal wear and tear may be exchanged for new items.  No articles requiring polish will be cleaned or shined while attached to the uniform.  Cleaners such as Brasso will render the uniform unserviceable if spilled on.  You will have to pay for the uniform if this happens.

        b.    Insignia of Rank.  Orders will be issued at the start of each semester regarding rank.  Insignia will be issued at that time.  When cadets are promoted or appointed to a different rank they will return old insignia to Supply and be issued new insignia.

        c.    Turn-in.  Upon completion of either the two-year or four-year program, or withdrawal from ROTC all government property will be returned to Supply. Students who leave the program before completing one full academic year are required to return all equipment and uniforms.  Combat boots, which have been issued for less than one year to a cadet will be returned or may be purchased.  MS IVs who are commissioned have the option of returning or purchasing, at half price, any uniform items they have hand-receipted for at least two years.  Socks, t-shirts, belts, hats and the newly commissioned officer retains gloves.


        a.    Uniform items issued by the battalion, which are destroyed or made unserviceable due to fair wear and tear, will be replaced by the battalion only when the loss or destruction: (a) Was due to fair wear and tear, (b) Was not the fault or neglect of the student, or (c) Occurred during ROTC training.  Otherwise, maintenance, repair and replacement of shoes, boots and socks, while in possession of the cadet, is made at the expense of the cadet.  The cadet does not pay for costs of repair and restoration caused by fair wear and tear.

        b.    Equipment and uniform items lost or damaged during ROTC training must be reported through the chain of command or to a cadre member immediately.  Every effort should be made to recover lost items at that time.  If equipment or uniform items are stolen, law enforcement authorities should be notified (if possible) so that a report could be filed.  This report can help determine liability.  The supply sergeant should also be notified as soon as possible and provided a copy of the police report along with an affidavit signed by the cadet explaining the situation.

 4.    SPECIAL ITEMS OF ISSUE - Special items of issue, such as Color Guard and Ranger Chalenge equipment, are available through Supply.  Selected items, such as pyrotechnics and MRE's must be requested 90 days prior to date of use.  Coordinate with the Operations Section before requesting these items.

5.    STORAGE OF EQUIPMENT - All Army ROTC Cadets will, between academic years, store their uniforms and equipment in the Supply Room.

6.    FAILURE TO RETURN EQUIPMENT -  A Report of Survey will be initiated against any cadet who fails to return uniforms and equipment.  If found liable the cadet must pay for the items.  Action will also be taken to collect through university channels; this may include freezing student accounts.

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1.    General -  When you wear your uniform you represent the Wildcat Battalion, the Reserve Officers Training Corps, and the United States Army.  Keep your uniform neat and wear it with pride.  You are responsible for maintaining your uniform and wearing it in accordance with this handbook and Army Regulation (AR) 670-1 (Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia.)

        a.    The Army ROTC issue uniform will not be worn outside the United States and its possessions, except by specific authority.

        b.    Army ROTC cadets may wear the issue uniform within the United States and its possessions when:
                (1)    Assembling for military instruction.
                (2)    Engaging in military instruction of a cadet corps.
                (3)    Traveling to and from the university.
                (4)    Visiting a military station for participation in military drills or exercises.
                (5)    Attending other functions as authorized.

        c.    Shoes, boots, and brass will be highly polished at all times.

        d.    Insignia will be worn properly (see illustrations).

        e.    No part of the uniform distinctly belonging to the US Army may be worn with civilian clothing. Likewise, no civilian clothing items (motorcycle jackets, hats, gloves, etc.,) will be worn when in uniform. The issued uniform will be worn complete unless otherwise directed. An exception to this is safety equipment required by law or regulation, such as motorcycle helmets and reflective vests when riding motorcycles.

        f.    Uniforms will be properly cleaned and maintained.

        g.    Headgear will be worn at all times when outdoors unless directed otherwise. Headgear is not worn indoors, except on drill floors, or under arms.

2.    PT UNIFORMS - The uniform consists of either the U.S. Army approved PT Shirt or the Wildcat Battalion T-shirt (as specified), Army PT shorts, white crew socks without markings, and running shoes.  This may be supplemented at times by the addition of the Army PT Jacket and pants during the months of cooler weather.


        a.    Boots will be highly polished in garrison.  In the field they need to be blackened only.

        b.    Army Wool socks (green or black), brown T-shirts, and black belt & buckle are worn with the BDU uniform.

        c.    BDUs may be pressed or fluff dried.  All pockets will be buttoned, and pants bloused at the top of the boot.  When the field jacket is worn, it is worn zipped and buttoned.

        d.    Subdued unit patches and tabs will be sewn to sleeves of the shirt and jacket with black or OD thread 1/2 inch below the tip of the shoulder seam and centered.  The Wildcat Battalion patch is worn on the right sleeve and the Cadet Command patch on the left.

        e.    "US Army" and "Name" tapes will be obtained from supply and sewn immediately above the pocket of BDU shirts and field jackets.  The tapes will be 4 1/2 inches long or extend to the edges of the pocket flap.  The supply sergeant will provide all patches, tapes and insignia and will coordinate all sewing requirements.

        f.    Subdued qualification badges (metal or embroidered) are worn 1/4 inch above the "US Army" tape (See AR 670-1).

        g.    Rank and ROTC collar insignia are worn as shown in the illustrations.

        h.    The BDU cap is the basic headgear for this uniform.  It will be worn straight on the head so that the cap band creates a straight line around the head parallel to the ground.  The cap will be worn so no hair shows on the forehead. Officers will wear non-subdued insignia of rank on the front of the cap centered between the bill and the top edge of the cap.  Army Cadet enlisted members and NCOs will wear the subdued rank in the same manner.


        a.    Cadets will be groomed in accordance with chapter 1, AR 670-1, when wearing the class A uniform, see Annex B.

        b.    This uniform consists of low quarter shoes, black dress socks, green trousers, belt with non-subdued buckle, long or short sleeve gray-green shirt, 4-in-hand tie (necktie), coat, and garrison cap.

        c.    Shoes will be highly shined.

        d.    Trousers and jackets will be clean and pressed.

        e.    All brass insignia and belt buckles will be highly polished.

        f.    The necktie will be worn in an overhand slipknot, pulled snugly against the collar at all times.

        g.    The sleeves of the long sleeve shirt will not be rolled.

        h.    The jacket is worn buttoned at all times. The following items will be worn and cared for as described.

                (1)    The nameplate will be worn centered on the right breast pocket flap between the top of the pocket and top of the button.

                (2)    The Academic Achievement Wreath is worn centered 1/4 inch above the right breast pocket.  The Distinguished Military Student (DMS) Award is worn 1/4 inch above the right breast pocket.  If the Academic Achievement Wreath is also worn, the DMS Award is worn 1/4 inch above the Wreath.

                (3)    The Wildcat Battalion Crest is worn on centered between the top of the rank and the outside of the button on both epaulets.  An additional crest will be worn on the left side of the garrison cap, 1 inch from the front and 1 inch from the bottom of the cap.

                (4)    The Wildcat Battalion patch is sewn centered on the right sleeve with white thread 1/2 inch below the top of the shoulder sleeve.  The Cadet Command patch and tabs are sewn using yellow thread centered on the left sleeve 1/2 inch from the top of the shoulder sleeve.  If a tab, such as the Ranger Challenge Tab, is worn, the top of the Cadet Command patch touches the bottom of the tab.

                (5)    Ribbons will be worn centered and 1/8 inch above the top left pocket.  The order of precedence will be observed and no more than 3 ribbons will be worn in one row.  The order of precedence may be found at annex A and the Cadet Awards Policy letter posted on the bulletin board by the Cadet Staff Office.  During an awards ceremony at which a medal is awarded, the medal may be worn.

                (6)    Marksmanship badges will be worn on the upper portion of the left breast pocket flap or may be worn on the lower portion of the left breast pocket flap if special skill badges are worn on the pocket flap.  The badge will be centered on the pocket flap, with the upper portion of the badge approximately 1/8 inch below the top of the pocket.

                (7)    The RECONDO Award is worn on the left breast pocket centered between the bottom of the pocket and bottom of the flap.

                (8)    A shoulder cord may be worn on the left shoulder.  See paragraph I. below.

                (9)    Basic Course cadets wear 1 Torch of Knowledge on a brass disc on each lapel. The bottom of the disc will be 1 inch above the lapel notch and centered on the collar.  The long axis of the Torch will be parallel with the inside edge of the lapel.

                (10)    Advanced Course cadets will wear 1 non-subdued ROTC on each lapel.  The bottom of the letters will be 1 inch above the lapel notch and centered on the collar. T hey will be perpendicular to the inside edge of the lapel.

                (11)    Cadet Officers who have been branched will wear non-subdued branch insignia on both lapels, 5/8 inch below the notch and centered on the lapel. The long axis of the insignia will be parallel to the inside edge of the lapel.

                (12)    Cadet rank will be worn on the shoulder epaulets.

                (13)    Cadet enlisted and NCO brass rank is worn 1 inch up from shoulder seam and centered on the epaulet.

                (14)    Cadet officer rank is worn 5/8 inch from the shoulder seam and centered on the epaulet.

                (15)    Cloth shoulder boards with embroidered cadet rank are authorized for wear on black sweaters and Class B uniform shirt for both officer and enlisted cadets.

                (16)    A Wildcat Battalion Crest will be worn centered between the top of the rank and the outside edge of the button on both epaulets.  All cadet-enlisted personnel wear an additional crest on the garrison cap.  Officers wear their rank.

                (17)    Cadets may have officers' braid sewn to their trousers and jackets when they are within 60 days of commissioning.  See AR 670-1 for instructions.

                (18)    The Class A uniform is converted to the Cadet Green Dress uniform by substituting a plain white long sleeved shirt for the gray-green shirt.  A black 4-in-hand tie is worn for occasions before 1800.  A plain black bow tie, no more than 2 inches wide, is worn for occasions after 1800.  Boots and organizational berets (such as airborne berets) will not be worn with this uniform.

                (19)    Only insignia of rank is worn on the black raincoat.  Insignia is worn on the epaulets in the same manner as the Class A jacket.  The raincoat is worn buttoned at all times.


        a.    Cadets will be groomed in accordance with chapter 1, AR 670-1, when wearing the class A uniform, see Annex B.  Women cadets are issued the "Classic" Class A uniform.  These instructions apply to this uniform only.  If the cadet has another type of class A uniform, they should check AR 670-1 for proper wear.

        b.    The "Classic" uniform consists of low quarter shoes, (or pumps as an option), black socks or neutral colored hose, slacks or skirt, long or short sleeve gray-green shirt, neck tab, coat, and the garrison cap.

        c.    Shoes will be highly shined.

        d.    Skirts, slacks, and jackets will be clean, pressed and properly tailored.

        e.    Black socks may be worn with the low quarter shoes and slacks combination.  Stockings will be sheer or semi-sheer, without seams, and of flesh tones complimentary to the wearer and uniform. Patterns and pastels are not authorized.

        f.    Skirts will be hemmed between 1 inch above and 2 inches below the bend of the knee.

        g.    The sleeves of the long sleeve shirt will not be rolled.

        h.    All brass insignia will be highly polished.

        i.    The jacket is worn buttoned at all times. The following items will be worn and cared for as described

        j.    The nameplate will be worn between 1 - 2 inches above the top of the top button centered horizontally on the wearer's right side.  The nameplate may be adjusted to conform to individual figure differences.

        k.    The Academic Achievement Wreath is worn centered 1/2 inch above the nameplate.  The Distinguished Military Student (DMS) Award (if worn without the DMS Award) is worn 1/2 inch above the nameplate.  If the Academic Achievement Wreath is also worn, the DMS Award is worn 1/4 inch above the Wreath.

        l.    The Wildcat Battalion Crest is worn centered between the top of the rank and the outside edge of the button on both epaulets.  An additional crest will be worn on the left side of the garrison cap 1 inch up and 1 inch to the right of the front of the cap.

        m.    The Wildcat Battalion patch is sewn centered on the right sleeve with white thread 1/2 inch below the top of the shoulder sleeve.  The Cadet Command patch and tabs are sewn with yellow thread centered on the left sleeve 1/2 inch from the top of the shoulder sleeve.  If a tab, such as the Ranger Challenge Tab, is worn, the top of the Cadet Command patch touches the bottom of the tab.

        n.    Ribbons will be worn centered on the left side with the bottom row positioned parallel to the bottom edge of the nameplate. The order of precedence will be observed and no more than 3 ribbons will be worn in one row.  The order of precedence may be found at annex A and the Cadet Awards Policy letter posted on the bulletin board by the Cadet Staff Office. During an awards ceremony at which a medal is awarded, the medal may be worn.

        o.     Marksmanship badges will be worn on the left side 1/4 inch below the bottom ribbon row or in a similar location if ribbons are not worn.  Placement of badge may be adjusted to conform to individual figure differences.

        p.    The RECONDO Award is worn centered on the left side centered below the ribbons and parallel to the Wildcat Battalion Crest.

        q.    A shoulder cord may be worn on the left shoulder.  See paragraph I. below.

        r.    Basic Course cadets wear 1 Torch of Knowledge on a brass disc on each lapel.  The bottom of the disc will be 1 inch above the lapel notch and centered on the collar.  The long axis of the Torch will be parallel with the inside edge of the lapel.

        s.    Advanced Course cadets will wear 1 non-subdued ROTC insignia on each lapel.  The bottom of the letters will be 1 inch above the lapel notch and centered on the collar.  They will be perpendicular to the inside edge of the lapel.

        t.    Cadet Officers who have been branched will wear non-subdued branch insignia on both lapels, 5/8 inch below the notch and centered on the lapel.  The long axis of the insignia will be parallel to the inside edge of the lapel.

        u.    Cadet rank will be worn on the both shoulder epaulets 1 inch up from the shoulder seam and centered.

        v.    Cadet enlisted and NCO brass rank is worn 1 inch up from the shoulder seam and centered on the epaulet.

        w.    Cadet officer rank is worn 5/8 inch from the shoulder seam.

        x.    The Wildcat Battalion Crest will be worn on the garrison cap by all cadet enlisted personnel. Officers wear their rank. See illustrations.

        y.    Cadets may have officers' braid sewn to their slacks and jackets when they are within 60 days of commissioning.  See AR 670-1 for instructions.

        z.    The Class A uniform is converted to the Cadet Green Dress Uniform by substituting a plain white blouse for the gray-green blouse.  The black neck tab is worn for all occasions. Boots and organizational berets (such as airborne berets) will not be worn with this uniform.

        aa.    Only insignia of rank is worn on the black raincoat. Insignia is worn on the epaulets in the same manner as the Class A jacket.  The raincoat is worn buttoned at all times.

6.    CLASS B UNIFORM - MEN AND WOMEN - The Class B uniform for both men and women is the Class A uniform without the jacket.  The shirt or blouse will be worn in the following manner.

        a.    Long sleeved shirt or blouse

                (1)     Sleeves will not be rolled.

                (2)     Necktie or neck tab is worn at all times.

        b.    Short sleeve shirt or blouse - necktie or neck tab is optional.

        c.    Nameplate.

                (1)    Men - the nameplate is worn centered on the right pocket flap between the button and top of the pocket.

                (2)    Women - the nameplate is worn in a comparable position to the location on the "Classic" jacket.

        d.    Cadets will wear brass insignia of rank on their shirt collar points in the same manner as subdued insignia is worn on the BDU uniform.  Cadet non-commissioned and commissioned officers may wear shoulder boards on the epaulets.

        e.    Ribbons and badges may be worn on the class B shirt.  Cadets may wear all authorized awards, badges, and shoulder cords.  No more than two skill badges may be worn above the left shirt pocket above the ribbons. The shirt collar should not hide badges.  Awards and decorations will be worn in a manner similar to the way they are worn on the class A coat.


        a.    Women may carry handbags only.  Handbags will be black in color. See paragraph 27-15, AR 670-1.

        b.    Male cadets in uniform will not carry umbrellas.  Women may carry a black, commercially designed umbrella when wearing the Class A, Class B, or Dress uniform.  Umbrellas will not be carried when wearing the BDU uniform.

        c.    Scarves - A green OD scarf may be worn with the BDU field jacket.  A black scarf may be worn with the black windbreaker or raincoat.

        d.    Gloves - Black gloves may be worn with any outer coat.

        e.    Black windbreaker - The only insignia authorized is rank insignia on the epaulets, worn in the same manner as on the black raincoat.  The windbreaker will be worn zipped at least 3/4 of the way up.

        f.    Pull over sweater - The black pullover sweater may be worn with the Class B uniform.  The short sleeve shirt/blouse collar, when worn without tie or neck tab, is worn outside the sweater.  Shoulder boards with insignia of rank will be worn on the epaulets.  The nameplate is worn, centered left to right, on the patch on the right breast ˝ inch above the bottom of the patch.  The Wildcat Battalion Unit Crest will be worn centered left to right and between the top of the patch and top of the name plate.  Women may adjust the position of the name plate and unit crest on the patch to conform to figure differences.

        g.    Fatigue Sweater - The fatigue sweater may be worn with the BDU uniform in inclement weather. It is worn under the BDU shirt. It is worn tucked into the trousers and may be buttoned or left unbuttoned.

8.    AWARDS.

        a.    Eligible cadets may wear any medal, badge, award, or ribbon presented by the United States or foreign governments, authorized by AR 672-5-1.  These will be worn IAW AR 670-1 and Cdt Cmd Reg 670-1.  No more than 12 ribbons may be worn on the cadet uniform.  State National Guard or USAR awards/decorations will not be worn with cadet awards.

        b.    Shoulder cords.  Shoulder cords are worn on the left shoulder.  If the cadet has earned more than one cord, he or she may decide which cord will be worn.

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1.    Military customs and courtesies exist for the purpose of fostering pleasant, ethical, and harmonious living, good taste and manners.  The adage, "Do unto others as you would have others do unto you," remains sound guidance for proper conducts anywhere.

2.    A custom is an established practice.  Customs include positive actions - things to do, and taboos - things to avoid doing.  All established arts, trades, and professions, all races of people, all nations and even different sections of the same nation have their own practices - their customs - by which they govern a part of their lives.  The Army has its own customs, both official and social.  Some have been handed down from the past, while others are of comparatively recent origin.

3.    Some of our most common customs are outlined herein.

        a.    All junior cadets render the hand salute greeting when meeting a cadet officer, and both are in uniform.  The salute will also be rendered when meeting a cadre officer when both the cadre officer and the cadet are in uniform.  The salute is only exchanged inside when reporting directly to an officer.  The rules on saluting apply to other service cadre and cadet officers as well.

        b.    Stand when talking to an officer and remains standing until invited to be seated.  Do not lean, or sit, on desks when talking to a seated officer.

        c.    Stand when a senior officer enters a room.  The first person to see the senior officer enter will call everyone in the room to attention and all will remain at attention until told to "carry on" by the senior.  Normally, if the senior is in and out of the room or area many times each day, it is necessary to call attention only the first time each day.

        d.    Male officers are addressed as "Sir."  Female officers are address as "Ma'am."  You may address either by their rank and last name, i.e., "Major Smith."  Noncommissioned officers are called by rank and last name, i.e., "Sergeant Jones."  Cadets are called "Mr." or "Miss" (regardless of marital status) followed by their last name, i.e., "Miss Smith," or "Mr. Stone."  The rule on officers and noncommissioned officers applies to both cadre and cadet officers and noncommissioned officers.

        e.    From time to time during the year, cadets will be invited to both official and unofficial social functions.  The invitation will specify time and date and probably the initials, RSVP  RSVP means you are to respond as soon as possible to advise your host that you will or will not attend.  It is a serious breach of etiquette to ignore this responsibility to respond to your host's invitation.  Unless children are specifically invited to the function, they should not be taken.

        f.    When the National Anthem or its counterpart in field music, "To the Colors," is played, or when the flag is passing in parade or is raised at reveille or lowered at retreat - all individuals, military or civilian will render appropriate courtesies.  Civilians and children should stand and render the honors by placing the right hand over the heart.  Soldiers in uniform will come to the position of attention and salute.  Any member of the Armed Services who seeks shelter to avoid the rendering honors to the National Anthem or Flag commits a serious breach of military courtesy.  Army personnel and dependents should stand whenever "The Army Song" is played.

        g.    Finally, when in doubt about customs, traditions, and courtesies, ask.

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1.    Special Awards

        a.    DISTINGUISHED MILITARY STUDENTS (DMS) are MS IV's who are appointed by the Professor of Military Science.  To be appointed a DMS, the cadet must possess outstanding qualities of leadership.  The cadet must possess high moral character, have attained a standing in the upper third of the ROTC class and in the upper third of the Order-of-Merit list established by the PMS, and be in the upper half of their academic class.

        b.    The Professor of Military Science appoints DISTINGUISHED MILITARY GRADUATES.  To be appointed a DMG the cadet must be a DMS, receive his/her commission, receive a baccalaureate degree, and continue to meet the requirements of a DMS.

        c.    The ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT WREATH AWARD is presented to cadets in the top 10 percent of their ROTC class. This is based on the semester cumulative ROTC GPA.  The first award is the Wreath itself, 2d award is a red felt backing for the wreath, 3d award is a gray felt backing and the 4th award is gold felt backing.

        d.    The GEORGE C. MARSHALL Award is presented to the most outstanding MS IV cadet, having completed Advanced Camp, who demonstrates the leadership and scholastic qualities epitomizing the career of General George C. Marshall.

        e.    The RANGER CHALLENGE TAB QUALIFICATION RIBBON is awarded to all cadets who are awarded the RANGER CHALLENGE Tab.

2.    ROTC / Battalion Awards: UNDER CONSTRUCTION

3.    CAMP AWARDS.  These awards are won through competition and demonstrated proficiency at the Leaders Development and Assessment Camp (LDAC)  - also known as "Warrior Forge."

        a.  Certificate of Training:  Each cadet who earns credit for Warrior Forge.  (Certificate) 

        b.  AUSA Leadership Excellence:  Top cadet/Regt as determined by regimental board.  (Saber / Coin)

        c.  Reserve Officer Association (ROA):  Top cadet/Regt as determined by regimental board.  (Medallion & Certificate)

        d.  Sinclair L. Melner Award:  #2 cadet/Regt as determined by regimental board.  (Plaque)

        e.  Commander’s Leadership Award:  Top cadet/Co as determined by company board.  (Ribbon & Certificate)

        f.  Platoon Leadership Award:  Top cadet/Plt as determined by TAC Team.  (Ribbon & Certificate)

        g.  Leader Stakes:  Platoon with highest leader stakes scores in each Company of a Regt.  (Trophy & Certificate)

        h.  Military Proficiency Award:  All cadets in Regt who meet APFT/Land Nav/BRM criteria.   (Ribbon)

        i.  ROTC RECONDO:  Cadets in each Regt who meet published criteria.  (Badge & Certificate)

        j.  One-Shot-One Kill Award:  All cadets with perfect BRM score (40 out of 40).  (Coin)

        k.  Maximum Fitness:  Male and Female cadet with highest APFT “raw” score in each Regt.  (Coin)

        l.  Army PT Patch:  Each cadet who earns at least 90 points in each event on the APFT.  (Patch)

        m.  DA Cert of Achievement:  Cadets who score 300 on APFT.  (Certificate)

        n.  Machine Gun Assault Course:  Fastest three-person team in each regiment.  (Coin)

        o.  Hand Grenade Assault Course:  Highest male and female scores in each cadet company.  (Coin)


        a.    The US ARMY PT BADGE is awarded to cadets achieving at least 290 on the APFT and meeting weight standards. Standards must maintained during each APFT to continue wearing the badge.

        b.    The PARACHUTIST BADGE, is awarded by the Army Infantry School to cadets for completion of airborne training conducted at Ft. Benning, GA.

        c.    The AIR ASSAULT BADGE is awarded by the Commandant, US Army Air Assault School, for completion of training at Ft. Campbell, KY, Schofield Barracks, HA, or Ft. Rucker, AL.

        d.    The ARMY ROTC RECONDO BADGE is awarded to all cadets who were designated as RECONDO Qualified at Camp.

        e.    The RANGER CHALLENGE TAB is awarded to those outstanding cadets of the Wildcat Battalion who represent the Battalion in Ranger Challenge competitions and complete the program of training.

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The following annexes contain useful information for all ROTC cadets.

Annex A - Award/Decoration Precedence Table

Annex B - Military Time

Annex C - Extract from AR 670-1, Personal Appearance

Annex D - Army Physical Fitness Test Standards

Annex E - Configuration of Load bearing equipment (LBE)

Annex F - Physical training uniforms

Annex G - Class A Uniform illustrations & cadet insignia

Annex H - Class B Uniform illustrations

Annex I - BDU Uniform illustrations


1.    Using the Army's order of precedence the higher precedent award is worn above all other awards.  Lower precedent awards are worn last, below other awards.

2.    Awards earned in the Army Reserve, National Guard, or Active Army cannot be worn with Army ROTC awards.

3.    Awards are listed in order from Highest to Lowest.  (Under Construction)

  1. Department of the Army Cadet Command Medal for Heroism
  2. Department of the Army Superior Cadet Award
  3. Region Commander's Leadership Award (Advanced Camp)
  4. Camp Commander's Leadership Award (Advanced Camp)
  5. Platoon Leadership Award (Advanced Camp)
  6. SMP Activation Award
  7. Superior at Advanced Camp (R-3-1)
  8. Excellence at Advanced Camp (R-3-2)
  9. CTLT Ribbon
  10. Advanced Camp Graduate (R-3-3)
  11. Region Ranger Challenge Winner (R-3-4)
  12. Brigade Ranger Challenge Winner (R-3-5)
  13. Ranger Challenge Team Member (R-3-6)
  14. SGT York Award (R-3-7)
  15. Drill Team (R-3-8)
  16. Color Guard (R-3-9)
  17. Bn Cdr's Military Award (R-3-10)
  18. One-Shot-One-Kill Award (R-3-11)
  19. Bold Challenge (R-3-12)
  20. Basic Camp Graduate (R-1-13)
  21. Dean's List Award (R-1-1)
  22. Cadet Honors Award (R-1-2)
  23. Cadet Scholar Award (R-1-3)
  24. Most Improved Grades (R-1-4)
  25. ROTC Honors (R-1-5)
  26. Bn Cdr's Academic Award (R-1-6)
  27. Platinum Medal Athlete (R-2-1)
  28. Gold Medal Athlete (R-2-2)
  29. Silver Medal Athlete (R-2-3)
  30. Bronze Medal Athlete (R-2-4)
  31. Most Improved Award (R-2-5)
  32. Bn Cdr's Athletic Award (R-2-6)
  33. Wildcat Commendation (R-4-1)
  34. Wildcat Recruiter 1st Class (R-4-2)
  35. Wildcat Recruiter 2nd Class (R-4-3)
  36. Wildcat Spirit (R-4-4)
  37. Named by PMS (R-4-5)
  38. Scabbard and Blade Officer's Ribbon
  39. Scabbard and Blade Membership Ribbon
  40. Pallas Athene Award
  41. American Legion Military Excellence Award
  42. American Legion Scholastic Excellence Award
  43. Veterans of Foreign Wars Award
  44. National Sojourners Award
  45. Daughters of the American Revolution Award
  46. Daughters of Founders and Patriots of America Award
  47. Sons of the American Revolution Award
  48. Military Order of the World Wars Award
  49. American Veterans of World War II Award
  50. National Defense Association Award
  51. Society of American Military Engineers Medal of Merit
  52. The American Logistics Association Award
  53. The Reserve Officers' Association Award
  54. The Retired Officers' Association Award
  55. The Society of the War of 1812 Award
  56. The American Defense Preparedness Award
  57. Association of the United States Army Award
  58. The Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Award


The military uses four digits to signify hours and minutes. The first two digits are hours and the second two digits are minutes. A given time would appear, for example, as 1535, (3:35 PM). The 24-hour time period starts one minute after midnight (0001) and ends the following midnight (2400).

Morning hours up to 9:59 am are shown with the hour and minute numerals preceded by a zero (0959). From 1:00 PM to 12:00 midnight, 12 hours are added to the hours shown on the clock. So, 1:00 PM is 1 + 12 = 1300.

Military time is never punctuated. The word "hours" is also not used in saying or writing military time. Thus, if you were telling someone when leadership lab starts, you might say, "Leadership lab starts 1430."


AR 670-1, Wear and Appearance of Army Uniforms and Insignia, describes the various uniforms, insignia, and accouterments to US Army uniforms.  It further describes appearance standards that all members of the US Army must meet.  Attached is a short extract from chapter 1 of the regulation.  It describes the standards on hair, fingernails and grooming, jewelry, and eyeglasses.  Remember that this is an extract and does not contain all the standards a soldier, cadet or officer should know. Copies of AR 670-1 may be found in the cadet staff office or the Cadre's Regulation Library.



1.    Attached are the standards for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT).  Cadet Command Regulation requires all cadets to take the APFT twice a semester. When you leave ROTC you will be required to take it twice a year.

2.    Standards are based on age groups.

3.    The minimum requirements to pass the APFT are to score 60 points in each of the three events: sit-ups, pushups and the two-mile run.  However, a good officer and soldier shoots for the maximum, not the minimum!  You should strive for a maximum score of 100 points in every event.

4.    To read the chart, turn to the event you wish to score. Look at the number of repetitions you performed in the left-hand column.  Look across the chart to your age group.  The left-hand set of numbers in each column is for males: the right hand column for females.  Go the appropriate column in the appropriate age group and read the number.


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