• Army ROTC - Golden Eagle Basketball: Marquette Army ROTC Men and Women's Basketball teams scored big at the 2011 ROTC Annual Flyin' Irish Basketball Invitational at Notre Dame University. Both teams took first in their brackets. Team captains included Cadet Shelly Schnieder and Cadet Brenton Krohn.
  • Army Ten-Miler: Every year the Military District of Washington sponsors the Army Ten-Miler. It is the premier running event of the U.S. Army and the largest 10 mile race in the U.S. The course begins and ends at the Pentagon and the route passes by many of the great monuments in the city. Military units and bases around the world send teams to compete.
  • Blood Drive: To learn more about blood donation opportunities, visit or call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543). Every minute of every day, someone needs blood. That blood can only come from a volunteer donor, a person like you who makes the choice to donate. There is no substitute for your donation.
  • Cadet Rangers: The purpose of Cadet Rangers is to teach leadership skills and small unit tactics based on United States Army standards to all participating Marquette University students. An emphasis is placed on Army values and principles with emphasis on mental and physical excellence. Cadet Rangers is a recognized Marquette University club through the Office of Student Development.
  • Combat Water Survival Test (CWST): Prior to commissioning all cadets are required to possess certain water survival skills. Annually all soldiers and officers are required to attend a water survival techniques class. All newly commissioned officers must be able to swim. As part of the Military Science coursework, all cadets take the Combat Water Survival Test. Cadets are required to experience a 3-meter drop into water, blind folded and carrying a mock M-16 rifle, and also swim 15 meters in uniform with gear while keeping a mock M-16 rifle out of the water. Additionally, cadets must learn submerged equipment removal techniques. For this requirement, cadets must jump into deep water wearing load bearing equipment. While underwater, they must release the equipment, swim to the surface and reach the edge.
  • German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

German Armed Forces Proficiency Badge

The German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency is a decoration of the Bundeswehr, the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Germany.

The decoration is awarded to all German Soldiers. Allied soldiers may also be awarded the badge. Any rank may be awarded and wear the badge.

In the United States military the German Armed Forces Badge for Military Proficiency is one of the few approved foreign awards, and is one of the most sought after awards to achieve. But authorization and manner of wear is based on that nation's uniform regulations.

To earn the award one must complete the following requirements: Evaluation Report, First Aid Course, German Sports test (all required), 25 meter Marksmanship, and the Road March. Each of the requirements are listed below:

Evaluation Report: Soldier evaluation report from Commanding Officer recognizing the Soldier's physical and moral standards. The purpose of the evaluation is to show evidence that the Soldier is both physically and morally fit.

First Aid Course: Combat Life Saver (CLS) level 1 course or equivalent.

German Sports Test: 

  • 100, 400 or 1000 meter timed sprint (time limit determined by age category).
  • 3000 or 5000 meter timed run or 1000 meter timed swim (time and distance determined by age category).
  • Measured High jump or Long jump (measured height or distance determined by age category).
  • 200 meter timed swim in which any stroke is authorized (time and distance determined by age category, see table).
  • Measured Shot-put or Stone put (distance requirement determined by age category), Bench Press, or 100m timed swim. The shot-put weights 16 lbs for males and 8.9 lbs for females.

25 meter Marksmanship:

  • 5 shots at 3 targets untimed
  • 3/5 bronze ranking
  • 4/5 silver ranking
  • 5/5 gold ranking

Road March:

  •  20K/25K/30K with at least 10 kg pack

The march must be accomplished in military uniform (ACUs, ABUs or BDUs ) and boots with a rucksack weighing no less than 10 kg. 

  • Holiday Caroling: This holiday season the Cadre and Cadets of the Golden Eagle Battalion spread holiday cheer to the Marquette community during the annual Holiday Run. Cadets dressed up in festive gear and modified to cadences to set the mood for the season. Following the run, the Cadet Choir sang carols outside the library while Cadre and Cadets handed out hot cocoa and cider to passers-by.
  • Memorial Dedication and Cadet Ceremony: Col. Edward H. Dey Memorial Dedication and Cadet Contracting Ceremony
  • Orientation
  • Paintball: Cadets of the Golden Eagle Battalion conducted tactical training at a local paint ball establishment. The Cadets used their tactical training and cover and concealment to successfully perform their assigned missions. Paintball is a game in which players compete, in teams or individually, to eliminate opponents by hitting them with capsules containing paint (referred to as a paintball) from a special gun called a paintball marker. Depending on the venue, games are played on either indoor or outdoor fields of varying size. A game field is scattered with natural or artificial terrain, which players use for strategic play.
  • Ranger Challenge: The Ranger Challenge Men and Women’s Teams are highly competitive and elite groups within Army ROTC. Cadets train to get a coveted position on the team then compete against all other Ranger Challenge Teams in Upper Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin and northern Illinois. Team tryouts begin immediately upon arrival to campus in the fall term. Tryouts select those Cadets who are both physically and mentally capable to succeed but also those that will make the best teammates with one another.
  • Ranger Buddy Challenge: The Golden Eagle Battalion sent two male teams and one female team to the Ranger Buddy Competition hosted by the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. Female teammates Cadet Laura Snamiska and Cadet Valerie Kehl earned 3rd place in the Female Division. Repeat buddy team, Cadet Anthony Nicholson and Cadet Brooks Wittkamper, advanced to 4th place overall. Cadet Ryan Murphy and Cadet Brett Peloquin also excelled at the competition. The Ranger Buddy Challenge consisted of a variety of mentally and physically demanding tasks, to include a 10 kilometer road march, a ropes course, hand grenade assault course, weapons disassembly/re-assembly, an obstacle course, and a modified combat-oriented physical fitness test.
  • Social events: Dining In & Military Ball: Every semester the Golden Eagle Battalion hosts a formal social event designed to build camaraderie and espirit-de-corps among the Cadets. Not only are these events a lot of fun, but they are an excellent training event for Cadets to learn the protocol of formal social events in the military.
    • Dining In serves as a formal military function for Cadets and cadre members in order to familiarize themselves with customs and courtesies in a formal setting, but mainly to entertain the battalion.One Cadet is chosen as Mr. Vice and plays the job of emcee for the evening, telling jokes and making games and competitions between Cadets. If a Cadet does not do as Mr. Vice says, they are sent to the grog, or a liquid concoction made up mostly of sweets. The remainder of the evening is spent watching skits that each MS class has put together (either filmed or live).
    • The Military Ball serves as another training event for Cadets to experience a formal military dining function, but also as a fun-filled night of camaraderie and socializing. The event is attended not only by the Golden Eagle Battalion, also present are the dates of each Cadet and cadre, the parents of graduating seniors, selected university faculty, and a guest speaker. The evening begins with an invocation and toasts, along with speeches from the Cadet Battalion Commander and the Professor of Military Science, and is followed by dinner.After the formal portion of the evening is over, a sabre arch is done for the graduating seniors. The senior Cadets and their dates walk under a Color Guard Saber Arch as a final send-off. The rest of the evening is marked by entertainment and dancing.
  • Stand Down: Marquette’s Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps was one of many local organizations that took part in a Stand Down rally to support homeless veterans on Milwaukee’s north side Saturday. The term “stand down” refers to a military procedure of the same name that removes soldiers from the field of combat for rest and recreation, according to Wisconsin Veterans Stand Down, the event’s organizers.
  • Stars and Stripes Honor Flight: The mission of the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight is to fly WWII veterans and terminally ill veterans from other wars to see their memorials in Washington DC. They also work closely with Wisconsin schools and want to be sure that the heroic stories of our veterans are understood in meaningful ways and incorporated into school programs so that future generations will fully appreciate the many sacrifices that have been made on their behalf. Visit the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight website
  • Supporting the WI National Guard RSP: Several Cadets volunteered their time and leadership skills to support the Wisconsin National Guard's Recruit Sustainment Program. Cadets lead small groups of new National Guard recruits in tactical training using paintball weapons. This exercise offered Cadets the opportunity to practice tactical leadership, work with new Soldiers, and have fun.
  • Supporting USAR Future Soldiers Program: Every Soldier and Leader requires a basic understanding of essential Soldier skills. The Milwaukee Recruiting Battalion's Future Soldiers Program provides an opportunity for Army recruits to prepare for Basic Training in a fun learning environment close to home. The Golden Eagle Battalion assists with training the Future Soldiers several times a year. This cooperation provides our Cadets and Cadre additional training and mentorship opportunities in addition to sharing information about the benefits of becoming an Army Officer through ROTC while earning a college degree. Future Soldiers and the Golden Eagle Battalion coordinate training on a number of tasks, to include land navigation, Combat Water Survival Tests, and weapons familiarization.
  • Tri-Service Awards: Cadets and Midshipmen from the Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines at Marquette University received awards for their exceptional service and contributions to their ROTC programs. Cadets from each class are eligible for a number of different awards based on their academic achievement, leadership excellence, physical fitness and overall potential as military officers.
  • Tri-ROTC Competition
    • Tri-ROTC Physical Training Challenge: This year the Tri-ROTC Competition took a new approach to the PT Challenge by integrating new events with the traditional push-up, sit-up, pull-up, and shuttle run. Exercises were designed to test comprehensive skills and strengths. Congratulations Army ROTC Female team on your win!
    • Tri-ROTC Flag Football 2012: Congratulations to the male and female Cadets who participated on the Army flag football teams!
  • Veterans Day Ceremony: On Veterans Day we honor those who have served in our Armed Forces, and pay tribute to our newest Cadets as they contract with ROTC and make their commitment to serve in the Army. On November 11, 2011, the Golden Eagle Battalion inducted Colonel Mark E. Mitchell, a class of 1987 MU alumni, into the Wall of Honor for his distinguished military career, which includes being awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his courageous actions in Afghanistan. Also, 21 cadets contracted and took the Oath of Office with friends and family who were able to witness. On November 11, 2010, the Golden Eagle Battalion and Marquette University inducted five Army ROTC Alumni who were killed in the line of duty into the Wall of Honor.