Throughout the 2015 fall semester, the Spartan Battalion conducted training events from land navigation to real life mission scenarios using paintballs. All training events are completely cadet planned and supervised by the Cadre, allowing for the Cadets to learn how to plan and execute various training scenarios. Earlier in the fall semester the Cadets conducted a Leadership Development Exercise, (LDX) at Fort Custer, MI where Cadets tested their skills in obstacle courses, shooting ranges, and other various leadership training events.
The Spartan Battalion also prides itself on the strength of its cadets, fielding a team for the Army 10-Miler race, the Bold Warrior Challenge, and a marksmanship competition all with superior success. The Spartan Battalion’s Army 10-Miler team went to Washington D.C. and ran in the Army wide 10-Miler, tying for second place against 38 Universities including Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee. The Bold Warrior Challenge team competed and won the competition for the 3rd year in a row; and the marksmanship team beat Central Michigan University's (CMU) ROTC Battalion in their marksmanship competition.
The Cadets of the Spartan Battalion also participated in many volunteer programs throughout the area such as Veteran's Day Ceremonies, Alex's Great State Race, and provided color guard at numerous MSU sporting events. Looking to the spring semester, the Battalion is planning another LDX at Fort Custer with CMU's ROTC program, as well as holding the annual Military Ball in February. These are two of the many valuable training events that continually prepare the MSU ROTC Cadets for summer training and their future careers as U.S. Army officers.
The Spartan Battalion is the Michigan State Army ROTC program, centered on teaching cadets how to be future leaders in the United States Army. MSU is home to over 162 Cadets looking to hone their leadership skills and eventually commission as second Lieutenants.