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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 them an immediate asset to lead in any of the Armies’ winning units.

The history of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs (UCCS) began in 1965 with the founding of the institution. Because of the increased possibilities for Army officers in the Colorado Springs area, UCCS applied for and was granted Host Institution status in1981. UCCS was assigned Cadre and staff in 1982 and was welcomed as partners in the Academic community. In August 1983, the UCCS ROTC Company was reorganized as cadet battalion of two cadet companies and renamed the “Mountain Ranger Battalion.” The Mountain Ranger Battalion continued partnerships with Colorado College, Pikes Peak Community College, Colorado Christian University, Colorado Technical University and also incorporated students from five other accredited schools.

Lieutenant Colonel, John Ring
Professor of Military Science

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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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