At the end of each year, UK Army ROTC hosts its own Military Ball. The purpose of the event is to acknowledge the end of another year of hard work and training, as well as to recognize the commisioning cadets of that year. In years past a guest of honor is present to instill insight and knowlegde upon the future officers of the United States Army. The Miltary Ball is a time to put on your finest and formally celebrate the accomplishments of the past year.
Norwegian Ruck Walk
The Norwegian Foot March is an annual competition put on by the University of Southern Indiana Army ROTC program that allows cadets from across the nation to earn the Norwegian Foot March Badge (NFMB), a military badge that is authorized for wear on military dress uniforms and can be worn by cadets for the remainder of their military career. Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals are awarded depending on the number of times an individual has completed the competition. The Norwegian Foot March is a 30K (18.6 mile) road march that must be completed in under 4.5 hours with cadets dressed in full military uniform and carrying a 25lb rucksack. The event is rigorous and test competitors both mentally and physically, but upon completion cadets are instilled with resiliency and toughness, as well as pride in their service and the value of the Warrior Ethos. This event is designed to develop cadets professionally competencies through physical adversity.
The German Armed Forces Proficiency Test is a annual competition put on the the University of Indiana Army ROTC program that allows cadets from across the nation to earn the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge (GAFPB), a military badge that is authorized for wear on military dress uniforms and can be worn by cadets for the remainder of their military career. This test consist of track and field events, marksmanship qualification, first aid qualification, a swim event, a road march, and a NBC MOPP Test that are all designed to test a wide array of cadets physical and mental capabilities. Upon completing all events, cadets are award with either a Gold, Silver, or Bronze badge based upon their respective scores. Upon earning the German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge, cadets are instilled with a sense of joint-multinational cooperation as well as a heightened sense of what it means to serve in the United States military. This event develops cadets physical, mental, and professional competencies that will enable them for success upon commissioning as a second lieutenant in the United States Army.
The army Ten Miler is ten mile race put on by the Army in Washington D.C. Each year we send around 8-10 Cadets to compete in the run. Outside of the run, cadets and cadre get the opurtunity to go around Washington D.C, and visit places around the Capital. In past years, cadets and cadre have had the oppurtunity to take a night tour of the war memorials as well as the Lincoln Memorial. The 10 Miler is a chance to be part of a team and meet new people, while working on physical fitness. It builds teamwork and camaraderie, and gives cadets a chance to see the Capital and expand their horizons.
Each semester, the Wildcat Battalion and the Flying Wildcats partner with the College of Arts and Sciences to host a 5K run around UK's campus. The Dean's Staff and their family members are encouraged to come for an early morning run with the Cadets and enjoy refreshments afterwards.