West Virginia State University's ROTC program placed third in a recent competition at Fort Pickett, VA. In a field of 38 schools, including Duke University, the University of Virginia and Marshall University.
The ROTC team at State is composed of cadets from a handful of local colleges: six from WVSU, five from Glenville State College, and one from WVU Institute of Technology. The decentralization of the team can be a burden, officials say, which made their win even more exciting.
WVSU won out by getting high scores in a number of categories, especially rifle marksmanship which boosted their overall score enough to narrowly beat the other ROTC programs in West Virginia -- including Marshall and WVU.The competition was the Army ROTC Ranger Challenge Competition at Fort Pickett in Virginia. Around 480 college students worked as forty individual 12-man teams in exercises meant to demonstrate military proficiency.