Cordell Airborne Ranger Club
The Cordell Airborne Ranger Club is a voluntary club sponsored by cadre in the Palmetto Battalion. The club is named after Captain Terry Cordell-- a graduate of The Citadel and one of the first Special Forces Officers in the US Army--who was killed in action in Vietnam. The purpose of the club is to train cadets on modern infantry tactics. This training not only helps develop leadership skills, it also better prepares cadets for Cadet Initial Entry Training and Cadet Leadership Course. The training is very realistic, teaching the latest infantry tactics, techniques and procedures. The Club conducts very rigorous training on campus and is meant to challange participants. The club is open to all students and is an excellent opportunity to learn a more about the Army, build camaraderie, and have fun. The club alsoacts as a military networking tool for members, giving them the opportunity to stay in touch with their miltary roots as they progress in their careers.
Participating Cadets have the opportunity to compete for the coveted Cordell Airborne Ranger Scroll; which is authorized to wear on The Citadel Cadet Field Jacket. Contracted Army ROTC Cadets have the opportunity to be awarded additional order of merit points as a part of their accessions process for Cadets who have earned the Cordell Airborne Ranger Scorll.
All interested Cadets should contact any Army ROTC Military Science Instructor upon arrival to The Citadel.
Ranger Challenge, known as the varsity sport of Army ROTC, is a competition designed to challenge cadets both physically and mentally as well as enhance leader development and team cohesion.
Army ROTC conducts Ranger Challenge once per year in the Fall Semester. It consists of practical exercises using all the leadership skills and technical skills a cadet has learned throughout the school year. Generally, Ranger Challenge has the following events: Land Navigation, One Rope Bridge, Patrolling, Weapons Assembly, M16 Firing Ranges, 10K Road March and the Army Physical Fitness Test.
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Three Citadel Rugby players to compete on national level with U.S. Army
Cadets from The Citadel’s rubgy team will venture to Las Vegas, Nevada to compete on the national stage with the All-Army 7’s team from March 5-7. The All-Army 7’s Team is the cadets’ opportunity to try-out for the team and gain experience with a higher level of play. The three cadets selected for the prestigious opportunity include Ricky Tavarez, Michael McGaffic and Austin Bannister.
|Cadet Ricky Tavarez|
Ricky Tavarez, a senior in Papa Company, has been playing for The Citadel’s rugby team since the second semester of his sophomore year, picking it up quickly and becoming a key player as a back for the team. A member of the National Guard and a criminal justice major and Spanish minor from Manhattan, New York, Tavarez plans to work for the federal government after graduation. “I am speechless and so proud to represent The Citadel on a national stage,” said Tavarez. “We’re here to compete, and put The Citadel on the map.”
|Cadet Michael McGaffic|
Michael McGaffic, a junior in Mike Company, has been playing rugby for five years and started for the team his freshman year at The Citadel. He initially played as the scrum-half and became the back captain during his sophomore year at The Citadel. A civil engineering major from Manassas, Virginia, upon graduation McGaffic plans to commission as a Black Hawk pilot for the National Guard. “The opportunity to travel to Las Vegas and to represent The Citadel is exciting,” said McGaffic. “I will be combining two of my favorite things: the Army and rugby.”
|Cadet Austin Bannister|
Austin Bannister, a senior in F-troop, started playing rugby for The Citadel his freshman year. He thought rugby looked like a challenging sport. He plays as a lock for the team and his favorite part about the sport is running the ball. As a criminal justice major from Dacula, Georgia, he plans to become a State Trooper after graduation.
Lt. Col. Bell is Hotel Company’s TAC officer and the coach for The Citadel’s rugby team. He has been coaching since 2001 and has been the head coach since 2003. After finishing the 2016 7’s season as the SoCon champions, Bell is looking forward to the strong competition they should face this year with a good chance at a repeat performance as champions. “It’s an amazing opportunity to improve personal skills and highlight what we’re doing with The Citadel’s rugby team,” said Bell.
Army ROTC MS4 Cadet Forrest Kimbrel Complete's Army Special Forces Combat Dive School in the summer of 2016.