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Purdue University Army ROTC

A Department within the Division of Student Affairs


Cadet Clubs/Organizations

Ranger Club

OIC: Daniel Rosenbalm
NCOIC: Dan Heath

The Ranger Club of Purdue University’s Army ROTC is officially described as, “a group of “high-speed” cadets who take their tactical training to a higher level than is provided in normal ROTC training.” They voluntarily give up their already-limited time to improve their tactical skills. The curriculum of the club is focused on current Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures. The club also looks into current threats to our forces and how we constantly adapt to defeat the enemy.

Pathfinder CrossFit

OIC: Pete Lakoff
NCOIC: Zachery Ganz

Pathfinders is a strength and conditioning program that utilizes constantly varied functional movements performed at a high intensity. We constantly vary our workouts because routine plateaus result, once your body becomes use to the routine, performance peaks. Keeping your body guessing is the best way to gain substantial results. Functional movements have been somewhat of a hot topic in the fitness world. Functional movement is formally defined as being a heavy load for long distance with emphasis on multi joint movements instead of single joint movements like stereotypical gym machines do. But informally can be defined as a movement that if you saw in regular everyday live you wouldn’t look twice at because it is part of everyday natural life, something the typical globo gyms forget about with their weightlifting machines, which do not imitate any movement you would see in real life. Performing these movements at high intensity gives you a metabolic response that typical strength and conditioning lack. It also gives you more time under tension, which stresses out your muscles to a point of muscle failure. Pathfinder CrossFit meets 8 times a week, 530-700 in the mornings and 1830-1930 in the evening. They are all located in the armory. Each session will last about an hour. It will include a warm up, a strength component and a workout. The evening sessions are open to anyone in ROTC. The morning sessions you have to be invited by the OIC of Pathfinders and the minimum PT score is 280 to be able to join.

Ranger Challenge

OIC: Daniel Rosenbalm
NCOIC: Dan Heath


OIC: Bryson Anderson
NCOIC: Steven Webster

A group of dedicated cadets, ran by MSG Eric Anderson along with Cadet Clay Lawson and Cadet Bryson Andersen, gather every Tuesday from 6-8 to integrate precision pistol shooting and competition rifle. Cadets enjoy not only the camaraderie, but also the thrill of enhancing their military careers. Each Tuesday night participants utilize the Armory drill floor to practice and hone in their accuracy and skills. Currently the Armory has 40 small bore .22 caliber lanes, which is the largest on campus range in the NCAA. Come out and enjoy watching us do “Our Thing.”

German Proficiency Badge

OIC: Samuel Scherer