Bronc Batallion: UTPA Department of Military Science - Army ROTC



Airborne Training

The US Army Airborne School, located at Fort Benning, Georgia, is available to cadets who are enrolled in the program. The course is three weeks long, consisting of a ground week, tower week and jump week. With each week comes different types of training designed to teach you how to parachute out of airplanes and helicopters. It is an exciting non-stop course that will push you to the limit. AIRBORNE!!!

Air Assault Training

Air Assault training is available at different Army posts across the country. It is a 12-day course that consists of physical training, sling load training, rappelling and a 12-mile timed road march in full combat gear. This is a tough course that will exhaust you both physically and mentally, but in the long run it will be worth every ounce of energy you put into it!

Northern Warfare Training

Northern Warfare training is a three week course taught at the Northern Warfare Training Center in Ft. Greely, Alaska. Students are taught basic mountain climbing and mountaineering skills including rock climbing, mountain walking techniques, basic knots, ice climbing, and route selection. The course culminates in a three day field exercise that takes place on Gulkana Glacier. Students learn the importance of trusting their equipment and build confidence in themselves.  Note: very physically demanding.

Cadet Troop Leader Training (CTLT)

CTLT increases each cadet's leadership experience. Each cadet is assigned to a platoon leader position and given an opportunity to lead soldiers. It familiarizes cadets with the command, training, administration and logistical functions of active duty units. It also exposes cadets to the on-duty and off-duty environment of the junior officer.


Adventure Training

The ROTC Battalion offers outdoor events and trains leaders during RAPPELLING, CAMPING TRIPS, OBSTACLE COURSE, GRENADE ASSAULT, LAND NAVIGATION, and MARKSMANSHIP instruction. Cadets RAPPEL down a 60 foot tower using a climbing rope and snap link. CAMPING TRIPS are conducted each semester. Basic MARKSMANSHIP and safety related training helps cadets gain confidence and valuable safety instruction.


Cadets get a chance to test their survival skills and basic combat techniques during PAINTBALL. This is a popular sport which provides a great environment for team building, problem solving and other leadership developing tasks.

Dining-Ins and Military Balls

The transformation from ROTC detachments to cadet battalions is more than a cosmetic change. Each battalion now has the opportunity to forge its own traditions. To solidify this unit cohesion, the Bronc Battalion conducts a dining-in and a military ball annually. At the dining in, the cadre, cadets, alumni, and guests, recount the history and traditions of the battalion and celebrate its unity. At military balls, the wives and friends join the members of the battalion in saluting the battalion and the Army.

Color Guard

A select number of cadets represent the University and Nation at numerous sporting and municipal events.

Ranger Challenge

This is ROTC's Varsity sport, it pits six highly motivated cadets against 22 other University's from Oklahoma, New Mexico and the great state of Texas. Selected cadets participate in seven grueling events which include an Army Physical Fitness Test, Patrolling, Weapons disassembly and assembly, Grenade Assault Course, Land Navigation and the never ending 10K road march with full field gear. Only a select few will be worthy of this challenge. WILL YOU BE ONE?

Bataan Memorial Death March

The Bataan Memorial Death March honors a special group of World War II heroes. These brave soldiers were responsible for the defense of the islands of Luzon, Corregidor and the harbor defense forts of the Philippines.

The conditions they encountered and the aftermath of the battle were unique. They fought in a malaria-infested region, surviving on half or quarter rations with little or no medical help. They fought with outdated equipment and virtually no air power.

On April 9, 1942, tens of thousands of American and Filipino soldiers were surrendered to Japanese forces. The Americans were Army, Army Air Corps, Navy and Marines. Among those seized were members of the 200th Coast Artillery, New Mexico National Guard.

They were marched for days in the scorching heat through the Philippine jungles. Thousands died. Those who survived faced the hardships of a prisoner of war camp. Others were wounded or killed when unmarked enemy ships transporting prisoners of war to Japan were sunk by U.S. air and naval forces.

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Military Science Leadership
MSL I Foundations of Officership I Introduction to issues and competencies of the Army officer profession. Emphasis on stereotypes about the military, the role of the Army officer, customs and traditions within the military, and personal and physical development. Open to all freshmen and sophomores. 1 lecture.

MSL II Foundations of Officership II
The role of leadership within a large organization. Emphasis on the definition of leadership, leadership framework, individual and organizational core values, and the moral responsibility of leadership. 1 lecture.

MSL III Basic Leadership
The foundation of basic leadership fundamentals such as problem solving, communications, briefings and effective writing, techniques for improving listening and speaking skills, and an introduction to counseling. 1 lecture.

MSL IV Exercises in Military Leadership (CR/NC)
Hands-on instruction on the proper execution of small-unit military operations. Incorporation of the military decision-making process in the planning, execution and conducting of a wide variety of squad, platoon and company sized missions. Credit/No Credit grading only. 1 activity. Prerequisite: Enrollment in any MSL course or consent of department head.

MSL V Orienteering Principles of orienteering, basic map reading and compass skills; course running techniques applied in field orienteering events. Open to all freshmen and sophomores. 1 lecture, 1 activity.

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