Events and Activities
The Fighting Hawks Battalion participates in various events and activities on campus and in the surrounding community.
Every week, 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.
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.
Army vs. Air Force Football
The rivalry between Army and 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, the Alerus center and most recently at Red River High School. The game is always a grudge match but for years, the Army has been coming out on top.
Army ROTC Basketball
To further build camaraderie between cadets, UND Army ROTC has a competitive basketball team. The team plays in UND's intramural league against multiple other teams made up of college students, but the main even is the ROTC Basketball Tournament at the NDSU campus in Fargo, ND. At this tournament, surrounding Army, Air Force, and Nave ROTC Programs compete to see who prevails and wins the tournament. UND Army ROTC has made it to the championship game the last two years and we plan to continue that streak!
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.
Zero Week Activities
This takes place the week before school starts where all the upcoming MS IV’s and Cadre get together to plan for the upcoming semester’s events. It is also special bonding time for the Cadets who will be working so closely together in the upcoming school year. During the week, they learn how to cook over an open fire, have some fun playing outside activities, play floor hockey and most importantly learn how to work together. It is a good time had by all.
UND Move In Day
UND holds a MOVE-IN Day for all students who are moving into the UND Campus Dorms the Saturday before school officially starts. Army ROTC Cadets is one of the groups that help with this move. It not only allows them to meet their fellow UND students, but also is one of the many ways Army ROTC volunteers throughout the school year