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Military Science

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MAJ Joseph D. Roller — Chair & Professor of Military Science; Major Scott Toth, Assistant Professor of Military Science

The Clarkson University Army ROTC Golden Knight Battalion was founded in 1936 to enable Clarkson students to earn commissions as second lieutenants in the United States Army. Since then, it has commissioned over 1,300 leaders into the Active Army, Reserve, and National Guard components. Today, the Golden Knight Battalion continues to commission high-quality officers not only from Clarkson, but also from St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam, and SUNY Canton.

The goal of the department is to develop outstanding scholar-athlete-leaders. The specific training you receive in Army ROTC will teach you leadership development, ethics, military law, training management, communications and fitness. This will take place both in the classroom and hands-on in the field, but you will have a normal daily schedule like all college students.

Army ROTC is an integral part of campus life, and cadets are active in all campus activities, including student government, varsity athletics, and Greek organizations. The battalion is approximately 75 cadets strong, and its focus remains on the development and training of America’s future leaders.

The Program
The ROTC program complements the traditional college curriculum by emphasizing development of the student’s leadership, management and interpersonal skills through dynamic instruction and challenging, experiential training. This is accomplished through a two-stage curriculum: Army ROTC Basic Course and Advanced Course.

The first stage, or Basic Course, takes place during your first two years in college as elective courses. It involves one elective class and lab each semester. You will learn basic military skills, the fundamentals of leadership and start the groundwork toward becoming an Army leader. You can take Army ROTC Basic Courses without a military commitment.

The second stage, or Advanced Course, takes place during your last two years in college as elective courses. It includes one elective class and lab each semester, plus a summer leadership course. You will learn advanced military tactics and gain experience in team organization, planning and decision-making. Entering the Advanced Course requires a commitment to serve as an Officer in the U.S. Army after you graduate.

Every Army ROTC cadet who enters into the Advanced Course attends the Leadership Development and Assessment Course. It is a four-week summer camp to evaluate and develop all Army ROTC cadets. This camp takes place between your junior and senior years of college, and is conducted at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Cadets also attend a weekly leadership lab that complements classroom instruction with experiential learning. Leadership labs focus on the practical application of recent instruction. Labs include a leadership reaction course, land navigation, rappelling, small unit tactics, and drill and ceremonies. Once each semester, cadets may participate in an extended two-day field training exercise, designed to challenge each cadet’s leadership and military skills.

The Golden Knight Battalion also sponsors other events during the year such as a military ball and athletic events. Cadets may also compete to attend the Airborne, Air Assault, Mountain Warfare, and Northern Warfare schools during the summers. After the junior year, cadets may volunteer for summer training internships in locations throughout the United States, Europe and Korea.

Upon graduation and satisfaction of ROTC requirements, cadets are commissioned as second lieutenants into one of 16 specialized branches in Active Army, Army Reserve or National Guard.

Army ROTC offers a wide range of scholarships for interested and competitive students. These scholarships are offered to both undergraduate and graduate students. Four-, three- and two-year scholarships are awarded to students on a merit basis. Students may apply for four-year scholarships while still in high school, as well as two three-year and four-year scholarships once on campus. These scholarships include:

  • full tuition and educational fees;
  • $1,200 per year for textbooks and classroom supplies;
  • $300-500 per month (tax-free) spending money for up to 10 months per year; and
  • Clarkson offers all scholarship recipients free “room and board.” This incentive is worth over $8,000 annually.

Scholarship applicants are evaluated on a number of areas that include: SAT/ACT performance, high school or college grade-point average, athletic ability and performance, participation in extracurricular activities, and leadership potential.

Facilities and Equipment
The Golden Knight Battalion has access to special equipment and training facilities that are second to none. On campus, cadets train in a 47-acre area of wooded forest, containing a rappel tower, grenade assault course, land navigation course, and field leadership reaction course. Additionally, students train at Fort Drum, New York, the home of the Army’s 10th Mountain Division, located just 60 miles from the Clarkson campus.

Other Activities
There are many extracurricular activities open to ROTC cadets, including the Ranger Challenge Team and Club, Color Guard, Cadet Association, and Intramural Teams. Some of these groups compete against other universities and ROTC programs in military and athletic competitions. The Cadet Color Guard performs at home hockey games, commissioning and graduation ceremonies, and other official events.

Leadership Training
No other college programs offer leadership training that is comparable to Army ROTC. An Army ROTC student knows how to lead, manage and work with people. Whether you decide on the Army as a career, or use it as a stepping stone to other goals in life, you will have a competitive advantage because you will learn what it takes to lead!

 Military Science Curriculum *
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
MS111 Leadership & Personal Development 
  MS112 Introduction to Tactical Leadership
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
MS221  Innovative Team Leadership 
  MS222  Foundations of Tactical Leadership
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
MS331  Adaptive Tactical Leadership
  MS332 Leadership in Changing Env. 
First Semester   Second Semester
Course Title Cr. Hrs.   Course Title Cr. Hrs.
MS441  Developing Adaptive Leaders
  MS442 Leadership in a Complex World  

* Courses may be applicable as free electives in some majors where noted. Consult individual departments for details.

For More Information
If you have any questions or would like to speak with someone about Army ROTC, contact the Golden Knight Battalion at 315-265-2180 (collect) or 315-268-7705 or e-mail . You can also visit our Web site at .