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Why choose the Golden Knight Battalion

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The Fort Drum Mountaineer and GKB Hockey teams after a friendly skate

The Golden Knight Battalion sets itself apart from other ROTC Battalions in a number of ways:

  • Ranked in the Top 5 in the nation by Washington Monthly in percentage of students that participate in ROTC each of the last 5 years.  The GKB is a relatively large battalion at a small school.  The small school feel of Clarkson along with the strong military presence on campus make it a comfortable and supportive place to train to become an Army Leader.
  • The opportunities to train in the local area are abundant.  On the North side of the Adirondacks the land we can train on is almost limitless, and we can train right on campus. Whether it's rappelling off our rapell tower, practicing land navigation or conducting tactical training with paintball in the "ROTC woods", or learning to low crawl right on the Hamlin-Powers lawn we don't have to go far to do some Army Training.
  • Close proximity to Fort Drum allow us to have regular contact with the most deployed Division in the Army, the 10th Mountain Division.  Staff rides that include battle briefs conducted by recently deployed units are indispensible training opportunities that allow our cadets to understand what they should expect upon graduation.  Fort Drum also offers unique training opportunities like use of their simulator and engagement skills trainer facilities, and use of the obstacle course and rifle ranges.
  • The campus community supports our effort in just about every way.  Campus organizations like the Clarkson Guard pitch in each holiday season to team up with the GKB to send care packages to deployed soldier and alumni.  Our Dining Out and Cadet hockey games are held at SUNY Potsdam.  Commissioning ceremonies are hosted on all four campuses.   Faculty, Administration, Coaches, and fellow students all know who we are and what we are about.  They all play a role in creating an environment where Cadets can thrive.

land nav training at high flats

Where we train

The Golden Knight Battalion has an abundance of training opportunities.  We don't have to spend a lot of time traveling to be in the woods or on a range or spending time learning what our future jobs are going to be.

Stone Valley

On the shores of the Raquette River, this piece of power company land is the perfect place for land navigation training.

Seven Springs/High Flats

The old Clarkson Ski hill and the state land surrounding it, this piece of land is ideal for squad STX training and land navigaton.

Fort Drum

Home of the 10th Mountain Divison, an hours drive to our south.  Ranges, simulation facilities, obstacle courses and the opportunity to interact with Officers, NCOs and soldiers allow our cadets to experience real Army training.

Training on Campus

A rappel tower, a land nav course, a leadership reaction course, and the ability to do training right on campus are just some of the things we can do right in our own back yard.