Army ROTC: Extracurricular Activities
The University of Portland Army ROTC participates in an annual Ranger Challenge Competition, which is considered a varsity sport in the program. This sport involves tough mental and physical training that typically lasts up to 2 to 3 months. The competition itself weapons disassembly/assembly, rope-bridge building, a grenade assault course, an army physical fitness test (APFT) and a 10 kilometer road march. You do not need to be a part of the Army ROTC program in order to join in the practice, however in the event of the competition the slots for being on the team need to be a part of the program. All University of Portland students are eligible to practice.
The University of Portland Army ROTC Color Guard participates with the University of Portland Air Force ROTC Color Guard in a variety of university and civic functions. Presentations of our Nations Colors often take place at University of Portland and Portland State University Sporting Events, Portland Timbers matches, and Portland Trailblazer games.
Advanced Special Skills Qualification Training
Advanced Course students and select Basic Course students may participate in selected Army Training schools: Airborne, Air Assault, Northern Warfare, Mountain Warfare, and Cadet Troop Leadership Training (CTLT).
Army Field Training will occur weekly in practical exercise training in squad size and platoon size formations. Multiple weekends a semester (typically 2) are spent out in varied bases in the area in which cadets will spend the whole weekend training for LDAC and specialty skills. In the Field Training Exercise (FTX) cadets will be participating in land navigation, small unit tactics, patrolling. Other opportunities such as rappelling, water confidence course, field leadership reaction course (FLRC), and obstacle courses are also available at select locations.
Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) is an opportunity that cadets can take to go overseas to participate in other cultures around the globe. Cadets can participate in three different venues during their immersion which include, humanitarian service, host nation military-to-military contact and education on the social, cultural and historical aspects of the country.
Within the experience cadets will travel in small groups (of approximately 20 cadets and cadre members) led by senior leader cadre and the group will be working and traveling in conjunction with a civilian agency or non-governmental agency. This trip lasts approximately one month, which encompasses the deployment as well as a five-day Soldier readiness process. Slots for CULP are awarded on a competitive basis and take into account several factors (GPA, Physical fitness, an essay, and other pertinent selection criteria).