The Ranger Group is composed of Cadets who wish to challenge themselves by participating in a more rigorous training program. These Cadets begin PT earlier in the mornings (from 0530 to 0700), and hold many additional training events throughout the year to better prepare themselves for competition. The Ranger Group focuses their training toward preparations for Ranger Challenge, an event that brings Ranger Groups from many universities together each fall to compete against one another in both physically and mentally challenging events. These events include and are not limited to Basic Rifle Marksmanship, land navigation (day & night), obstacle course, PT test, grenade assault course, ruckmarch, radio communication and much more.
The JMU Ranger Group 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 JMU Ranger Group participates in ROTC's 4th Brigade Ranger Challenge Competition. Each Spring, the Ranger Group conducts extra training for those interested in joining the group.