Cadet Clubs and Organizations

Tactics Club

OIC: c/CPT McNicholas

NCOIC: c/SFC Rooney

The Tactics 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: c/MAJ McNicholas
NCOIC: c/SFC Logston


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: c/CPT McNicholas
NCOIC: c/SFC Safran


The Ranger Challenge team competes against other teams across the brigade.  The event consists of ruck marching, one rope bridge, land navigation, and multiple challenges at every stop.  The team is made up of the most high speed cadets fighting to prove that they are more prepared and better trained than the other schools.  They train every morning and most evenings, often for hours, preparing to out perform the other school's teams. 




OIC: c/2LT Ellis


A group of dedicated cadets, ran by SFC Baxter, along with Cadet Ellis, 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. 



German Proficiency Badge

OIC: c/1LT 






Color Guard



OIC: c/1LT Garrison
NCOIC: c/SSG Basel


Color Guard is in charge of presenting, protecting, and retrieving the colors that symbolize those who have fallen for the prevention of freedom and for those who still fight for freedom today. A club designed to represent the Boiler Battalion through honor, duty, and selfless service.


Color Guard honors the long time Army tradition of respecting the flag and the service through proper ceremony procedures reverence. Marching and handling of the colors and rifles are the focus of the club. Examples of Color Guard events include: Home football games, Dining Out, and Memorial Day ceremonies.