Clarkson's Army ROTC Program

The Army ROTC program provides world class training and the opportunity to commission as an Army officer upon graduation. Cadets wishing to continue past their sophomore year must sign a contract and make a commitment to serve when they graduate. In return, all contracted cadets receive a monthly stipend during their junior and senior years.

Clarkson's ROTC History

ROTC and Clarkson guard founded
Colleges of St. Lawrence Valley established, pooling resources
WWII began, training program established and over 250 cadets enrolled
Corps of Cadets becomes Golden Knight Battalion (GKB)
Signal corps added to corps of engineers battalion
Present Day
Clarkson commissions officers and leaders into the armed forces

Why Choose Our Program

ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

We were ranked in the Top 5 nationwide by Washington Monthly for the percentage of students that participate in ROTC over the past 5 years. Our battalion is relatively large for the size of our school. The small-school feel of Clarkson, along with the strong military presence on campus, makes it a comfortable and supportive place to train in becoming an Army leader.

In the North Country of New York, environmental training opportunities are abundant. The Adirondack Mountains are just minutes away with their trails and nature preserves. Also, Clarkson is located near Fort Drum, which allows close contact with one of the most deployed divisions in the Army, the 10th Mountain Division.

There are also outreach opportunities. Every year, we team up with campus clubs to send care packages to deployed soldiers who will spend their holidays overseas. Come be a part of something special with the Clarkson Army ROTC cadets.

Feel the Difference in Your Training. Be the Difference in Your Community.

Basic Course

Freshmen in the Golden Knight Battalion meet for class once a week. The freshman class focuses on basic life skills such as fitness maintenance, nutrition intake, time management and goal setting, and touches on basic military knowledge with subjects like rank structure, customs and courtesies and infantry squad composition. We emphasize beginning to adopt the Army values and Warrior Ethos, and start to explore the Army leadership model. Land navigation is covered extensively as well, while the foundations for this critical skill are developed. Interaction with upperclassmen and instructors allows you to learn about opportunities in today’s active force, National Guard and Army Reserves.

Sophomores attend MS221 Innovative Team Leadership and MS222 Foundations of Tactical Leadership. Class meets twice a week, and you explore the dimensions of creative and innovative tactical leadership strategies and styles by examining team dynamics and two historical leadership theories that form the basis of the Army leadership model. You practice aspects of personal motivation and team building in the context of planning, executing, and assessing team exercises and participating in leadership labs. Focus is on continued development of the knowledge of leadership attributes and core leader competencies through an understanding of Army rank, structure, duties and basic aspects of land navigation and squad tactics.

Advanced Course

All cadets in the advanced course are contracted (getting paid) and are expected to attend all scheduled training.

Juniors attend MS331 Adaptive Team Leadership and MS332 Applied Team Leadership. These courses use increasingly intense situational leadership challenges to build your awareness and skills in leading small units. Skills in decision-making, persuasion and motivating team members under stress are explored, evaluated and developed. As a cadet, you are expected to apply basic principles of the Law of Land Warfare, Army training, and motivation to lead. The focus of your junior year is preparation for Warrior Forge. 

Seniors in the Golden Knight Battalion are required to attend ROTC class once a week. The course provides instruction on administrative, training and logistical consideration to prepare you for your first unit of assignment. We use case studies, scenarios, and “What Now, Lieutenant?” exercises to preparing you to face the complex ethical and practical demands of leading as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Army. Along with the class, the battalion holds a lab most Thursdays during the semester for two hours. This is the time when all cadets are together, conducting collective training. The seniors plan and execute the training, the juniors hold most of the leadership positions and are evaluated during the lab, and the sophomores and freshmen watch and learn while developing the key skill of followership.

Join Us at the 2017 ROTC Orientation

Army ROTC Students in training

We hope you will get on board from the start and attend our orientation which will be held Friday, August 25. This is not mandatory unless you are on scholarship. We can arrange for you to move in the day before our orientation (a day earlier than the rest of the Clarkson freshman class) on August 24. We will start the day at Cheel Arena, and the ceremony will be held in front of Cheel at the flag poles. Here is the tentative schedule for orientation.

0900–1000: Administration (paperwork) for contracting and new scholarship cadets
1000–1030: Contracting ceremony for 4-year scholarship winners
1030–1200: Orientation Part 1 for new cadets
1200–1300: Lunch - family and friends welcome
1300–1400: Information session for parents
1300–1600: Orientation Part 2 for new cadets

At 1600, you can link back up with your parents and rejoin the regular Clarkson freshman.