Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps


Run to Dallas

Every fall the University of Texas NROTC Battalion members run 240 miles from the UT Campus in Austin to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas while carrying the game ball for the annual Red River Shootout between Texas and Oklahoma.  From the North, members of the OU NROTC Battalion run their game ball to the Cotton Bowl as well.  When both battalions reach Dallas, they partake in a friendly game of flag football to commemorate their meeting.

Birthday Ball

To celebrate the birthdays of the Navy and Marine Corps, the battalion will host a formal Birthday Ball to commemorate the occasion.  This is the battalion's most formal event with dates, toasts, and even a guest of honor.  The ball gives midshipmen a chance to interact with outside guests and learn how to host a traditional Naval ceremony.

President's Cup

Every year, the three ROTC units at UT participate in the President's Cup which is named in honor of UT's President, who awards the winning service with a trophy at the culmination of the event.  The event takes place across one week each semester and consists of multiple physical competitions like football, tire flips, and relays.  This event fosters interservice rivalry as well as battalion pride.  

Mess Night

The Battalion holds a Mess Night each year during the Spring Semester.  The evening is in honor of a long tradition conducted by Marines all around the world, since its inception in 1775.  The members gather for an evening of story telling, dinner and fun antics.

Spring Social

The battalion ends the year with an evening lake cruise around Lake Austin. This is a final send-off to our seniors and is a great way to relax and celebrate a successful year for the unit.