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.
Each semester culminates with the Captain's Cup Competition, in which platoons square off against one another in a three-week-long series of events that tests their physical fitness, military bearing, sailing proficiency, and knowledge. Triumphant platoons proudly display streamers on their guide-ons indicating in which field they were victorious.
The Battalion holds a Mess Night each year during the Spring Semester. The evening is in honor 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.
In an effort to recruit future applicants to this program from the Central Texas area, members of the UT NROTC Battalion serve as judges, inspectors, and proctors for the annual UIL Area Ten Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Drill Meet.