Raider Competition or "Raider" as it is more commonly known is a very popular athletic competition held within Junior ROTC programs around the United States. It is the Junior ROTC equivalent of the Army ROTC "Ranger" competition in college, only far less dangerous but very challenging as well. Rules can be very different for Raider competition depending on which school is hosting the competition. Raider competitions are designed for a small group of physically fit and mentally tough cadets to compete in various outdoor activities preferably in a very primitive-type location with solid amenities to ensure safety of the participants.
Competition Events can Include:
-5K or 10K individual run or formation run
-Timed Obstacle /Agility course
-Physical Fitness test (Push-ups, Sit-ups)
-Various other mystery events
Raider teams are broken down to 6 cadets to a team. There is a fall and spring competition season. The Indian Battalion Raider Teams practice in the fall semester from the 1st week of school until the 1st week in November and from the 1st week of school in the spring semester until the 1st week of May on Monday and Thursdays from 4pm - 5: 30pm at Loveland High School. New cadets are welcome at anytime and are placed on a team based on their athletic ability.
Cadets may also earn a Varsity Letter for successful competitions, practice and eligible GPA requirements.