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Lieutenant Colonel John Ring

The U.S. Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps is one of the best leadership courses in the world. Here at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, we commission premier leaders of character whose: professionalism, intellectual and physical capabilities; ability to adapt and be flexible; and mental toughness makes the m an immediate asset to lead in the any of the Armies’ winning units.

The Mountain Ranger Battalion (MRB) partners with Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Christian University, and Colorado Technical University, as well as incorporating students from five other accredited schools. From UCCS’ 550-acre campus nestled into the Rocky Mountain Front Range, the Mountain Ranger Battalion cadets continue to excel and set the standards for ROTC programs across the nation.

During each of the last three years, over 45 percent of our cadets have graduated with academic honors. At Advanced Camp in 2018, 72 percent of our rising seniors were rated as Outstanding or Excellent. Our top-notch cadet lab and field training facilities are rivaled by few ROTC programs across the country. The Mountain Rangers participate yearly in the national Bataan Memorial Death March, the regional Ranger Challenge competition, and support various local community events.

The Mountain Rangers are also three-time winners of the MacArthur Award recognizes the top 8 programs nationally out of 274. The MRB plays a vital role in UCCS’ earned gold level recognition for its support of the military community for the last three years by the annual Military Friendly list by Victory Media. UCCS was one of 16 large public institutions with gold or top 10 status. Add to that the number of high quality enlisted soldiers who join our program through Green to Gold every year, and you have a recipe for excellence, just add effort!

Lieutenant Colonel, John Ring
Professor of Military Science

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UCCS Mountain Ranger Battalion 2019

An Inside Look at the Army ROTC program

Colorado Springs topped the “Large Cities” category, beating out Virginia Beach and 2017 winner, San Antonio. The ranking was based on the valuation of three categories, including veteran and military culture and services; economic indicators; and livability factors to include crime, health, school quality and traffic. The top ranking marks Colorado Springs’ third straight appearance in the top three within the large city category.
UCCS earned gold level recognition for its support of the military community for the second straight year. The annual Military Friendly list by Victory Media recognized UCCS as one of 16 large public institutions with gold or top 10 status. Nearly 750 schools were recognized with top 10, gold, silver, bronze or designated awards. Each of the University of Colorado campuses earned gold level status or higher. | READ MORE
An 11-member team of UCCS students who are also ROTC cadets finished fourth of fourteen teams competing in the 2017 Regional Ranger Challenge Competition Oct. 19-21 at the Army National Guard Training Center at Camp Williams, Utah. | READ MORE

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