Cadet Life

TAMUCC Islander Army ROTC

Experience the Camaraderie of ROTC

When you become a part of Army ROTC, you're not just working toward a diploma, but an even brighter future as a leader alongside other motivated Cadets. But make no mistake—you're a student first. You'll have a college schedule like your fellow students, but you'll also receive classroom and field courses that will challenge and excite you. Beyond that, you can take part in events and activities with fellow Cadets that will make your college experience even better.

Lifestyle: Stand out from the Rest

Find out how interesting college can be when you're a part of Army ROTC. You'll be a college student first and foremost, just like the rest of the student body, but there's a key difference: you'll have even more opportunities to succeed.

These opportunities include Field Training Exercises (FTXs) in the spring and fall where cadets build their teamwork and leadership skills, Physical Training (PT) four times a week, and events and activities developed by cadets.

Training & Curriculum

See the kind of hands-on experience ROTC Cadets receive. Whether it's in the classroom or in the field, your leadership training will benefit you more than you thought possible.

ROTC training and curriculum


In Army ROTC, it's not all classroom and field training. There are many opportunities for you to get to know your fellow cadets better and increase your skills in a variety of areas. Here are just a few opportunities we offer:

  • Airsoft Team
    Airsoft Team provides Cadets an opportunity to remain physically fit while learning valuable tactical, navigation, marksmanship, and communication skills. The airsoft team hosts local Airsoft tournaments within the Coastal Bend while also traveling throughout Texas and the Nation to compete against other Universities and professional Airsoft teams.

  • Bataan Memorial Death March
    Cadets train to complete this 26.2-mile ruck in Arizona. The event memorializes the Bataan Death March, in which approximately 75,000 US and Filipino troops were forced on a grueling trek to prison camps in Japan. Many lost their lives.

  • Cadet Club
    Develops practical, individual leadership skills and teamwork training. The Cadet Club also helps students gain an advanced understanding of such skills as patrolling, map reading, land navigation, and military customs.

  • Color Guard
    Color guard is one of the most widely known and respected groups throughout ROTC as well as the Army and Military. The Color guard is responsible for carrying our nation's colors during parades, athletic events, marches, and other various community events. Members serve at events throughout the campus and community.

  • German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency
    The GAFPB is a multi-day competition. It consists of track and field, swimming, marksmanship, and road-march events. Competitors will be able to qualify for one of three different badges; gold, silver, or bronze. Both track and field and swimming events are a pass/fail basis only. Failure of any of these events will result in removal from the competition. The marksmanship and road-march events will determine which badge the competitor will earn.

  • Ranger Challenge
    The Ranger Challenge is an opportunity for schools to "compete" with each other completing military tasks. In addition to a written examination where cadets test their Army knowledge, there are physical fitness drills and tactical exercises. Battalions leave a Ranger Challenge with stronger bonds and sharper skills.

  • ROTC Running Club
    The ROTC Running Club is an organization of runners that promotes a healthy lifestyle as well as community outreach by running in local events within the Coastal Bend. Running Club consists of cadets of varying levels of running abilities who participate in multiple races per semester ranging from 5Ks to half marathons.