Joe Callahan Running Club
The ETSU Joe Callahan Running Club is an organization of runners, that promotes good health and community support by running in local events within the East Tennessee region.
The team consists of approximately 43 members of varying levels of running abilities and participate in multiple races per semester ranging from 5K's to half-marathons.
The organization is open to anyone, and everyone who is a student or faculty member at ETSU. The Joe Callahan Running Club is not just for ROTC members. The purpose of this club is simple, run! We do so by registering in many different races all throughout the Tri-cities area.
We meet at Brooks Gym in the main foyer on Tuesdays at 3:40 PM and Thursdays at 6:30 AM.
Pershing Rifles/Color Guard
Color Guard is one of the most high-profile ROTC groups on campus. This group gives cadets the chance to demonstrate their abilities to perform more advanced facing and marching movements, as well as display our nation's colors in an honorable and dignified manner. Color Guard members demonstrate their new found talents at home soccer games, basketball games, and several memorials and ceremonies around Johnson City.
The National Society of Pershing Rifles gives Army ROTC Cadets the opportunity to develop to the highest degree possible. Cadets can take part in precision trick rifle drill teams that provide them with the outstanding traits of leadership, military bearing, and discipline.
Scabbard and Blade
The National Honors Society of Scabbard and Blade was founded at the University of Wisconsin during the school year 1904-05 by five senior officers in the cadet corps. The main purpose of Scabbard and Blade is to raise the standard of military education in American colleges and universities; to unite in closer relationship their military departments; to encourage and foster the essential qualities of good and efficient officers; and to promote friendship and good fellowship among the cadet officers.
Only the top 10% of the ROTC program are permitted entrance into Scabbard & Blade, making it the most elite organization within ROTC. Active members are chosen from outstanding cadets and must have high academic achievements, high moral character, and exceptional leadership characteristics. The Scabbard and Blade focuses on community service to improve relations with the community and organizes a community service project every semester that all ROTC cadets can participate in. Scabbard and Blade is an honor society open to only to qualified juniors and seniors.
The Eddie Reed Ranger team works to enhance the technical, tactical, and physical skills of its members and accelerate the development of their leadership skills, enabling them to be the leaders of campus and non-campus based ROTC events and go on to serve as above average military officers.
Each Fall, the Ranger team participates in ROTC's 7th Brigade Ranger Challenge, which is open to all BUC Battalion ROTC cadets. Each Spring, the team conducts extra training for those interested in joining the group.
The team placed 1st out of 44 teams at the 7th Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition in 2012.
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. Each year, Ranger Challenge teams from Army ROTC units nationwide compete in a series of events, to include orienteering, constructing a one-rope bridge, and grenade assault.