Army ROTC holds Annual Spring Training and Shadow Day for High School Students March 13

Published: March 15, 2021

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The UW-Parkside Army ROTC program is conducting their annual spring training, known as Super Lab and Shadow Day, a recruitment event, on campus Saturday, March 13, from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Super Lab

The Super Lab takes place in the wooded areas around campus, primarily on the west side of campus opposite of the residence halls.  Some of the cadets participating in the training will arrive to campus on two Army Black Hawk UH-60 tactical transport helicopters.  The Black Hawk helicopters are scheduled to arrive and land on the inside of the athletic track which is behind (east) of the Sports and Activity Center (SAC) at approximately 8 a.m. 

The Super Lab will include the use of paintballs and may include a medical challenge, simulated grenade throw, simulated claymore mine emplacement, call for fire, and conclude with a ruck march.  The exercises use various training implements including paintball guns, uniforms, nonfunctional training rifles (blue plastic), nonfunctional training claymore mines, nonfunctional training hand grenades, training dummies, a rope bridge, and other gear.

None of the training implements use live ammunition or are capable of functioning as a weapon, outside of the paint gun. All areas used for training will have signs posted to alert the public.

UW-Parkside partners with the host program at Marquette University, Golden Eagle Battalion, to provide the Army ROTC program. Army ROTC is one of the most demanding and successful leadership programs in the country.  The training a student receives in Army ROTC provides leadership development, military skills and career training. Students, known as Cadets, graduate with their chosen degree and are commissioned as an Officer in the Army.

The Black Hawk helicopter landing event is open to UW-Parkside faculty, staff, and students.   

All COVID-related safety precautions will be in place. Observers should also note that face masks are required at this event when physical distancing is not possible.

Shadow Day

High school juniors and seniors have also been invited to UW-Parkside to participate in the annual Shadow a Cadet Day where they will learn more about Army ROTC, engage with current cadets, watch and potentially participate in some of our training operations.

After a short welcome from Army Lieutenant Colonel Ioannis Kiriazis, students will be paired with cadet groups to observe the Black Hawk dismount training and tactical training to get a glimpse inside the hands-on training of the ROTC program. Following the tactical training observation ROTC and UW-Parkside personnel will provide presentations on the ROTC academic program and scholarship opportunities.

Students must register in advance to participate in the Shadow Day and are allowed to bring one adult with them. Due to COVID restrictions, we cannot allow students who have not registered in advance to participate in the training observation or presentations.

Please note: Space is limited to 30 students.

For more information about the Army ROTC Super Lab or Shadow Day contact Captain Hyeon Kim at

Media Contact:

Denise Olstinske
Co-Director, Center for Professional Studies
Army ROTC Staff Liaison
College of Social Sciences and Professional Studies
University of Wisconsin-Parkside | 262-595-2162

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