Cadet Life

Combat Water Survival Training (CWST)

Cadets are tested once a semester on their ability to employ combat water survival skills in a swimming pool. Each event consists of rigorous exercises which they must complete in order to pass CWST. Before this, however, cadets are tested on their ability to swim by performing a ten-minute continuous swim followed by a five-minute session of treading water. Once they complete the swim test they move on to the first station of the 25-meter equipment swim. This swim must be completed with their LBE (Load Bearing Equipment) and an M16. The second station is the equipment drop. The cadet is pushed into the water and must drop all equipment while submerged underwater. The third and final station is the 3-meter drop. Each cadet will defeat the fear of stepping off a 3-meter high diving board while blind folded and M16 in hand. To pass, the cadet must swim to the edge of the pool with the weapon.


Texas A&M - Kingsville hosts a carnival in the Fall and Spring semester. All campus organizations will participate by having a game booth or a food stand to raise money for their organization. The ROTC cadets put together a paintball booth where students and faculty pay to shoot at the cadets. Cadets only wear protective mask and run around dodging paintballs.

Firing of Cannon at Javelina Football Games

The tradition of “Old Smokey” is once again part of our Battalion. The cannon has brought a lot tradition and history to our program dating back to the 80’s. “Old Smokey: is not only part of our program, but it is part of the college. This cannon is fired at every home football game and special events. There are five cadets that are nominated to be at the cannon detail each semester. So if you think you got what it takes to be part of tradition try out for the cannon detail.

Field Training Exercise (FTX)

One weekend a semester all cadets participate in a Field Training Exercises (FTX) to train at Camp Bullis, San Antonio, Texas.  The FTX is ROTC's most demanding training tool.  The student is completely immersed in an Army-style training environment: completing a day and night land navigation course, Field Leadership Reaction Course, Rappelling, Basic Rifle Marksmanship, Obstacle Course, and Squad Situational Training Exercises (STX).
FTX's are meant to simulate the conditions that MSIII's will face at the Leader Development Advanced Course at Ft. Lewis, WA and build Esprit De Corps within the Battalion.

Military Ball

The Military Ball is a tradition which has been part of the battalion since it was established back in 1975. The event is a formal sit-in dinner, followed by recognitions, a guest speaker, and ending with live music. The guests consist of cadets and their dates, university faculty, and a VIP guest. This event is mainly focused on the recognition of the MS4s (seniors) for their hard work, and to congratulate them on their forthcoming commissioning. Other underclassmen are recognized and sometimes given awards. This is one event to look forward to.

This page was last updated on: July 6, 2017