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Clarkson University's Golden Knight Battalion Again Recognized As One Of Army Rotc's Elite Units

The Golden Knight Battalion, Clarkson University’s Army ROTC unit, has once again been recognized as one of the top units in the U.S. Army’s Cadet Command.

Of 270 units nationwide, the Golden Knight Battalion– made up of students from Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton– was ranked in the top 15 percent overall.

“It is generally a recognition of our students and how well they’re trained and how much they’re doing,” said Military Science Instructor Capt. Kenneth Reed.

Reed said evaluations were based on the performance of the cadets themselves against other cadets, as well as other administrative details.

Army ROTC is a four-year program that provides college students the skills and leadership training to become officers in the United States Active Army, Army Reserves and National Guard. Upon successful completion of ROTC and graduation from a four-year college, cadets receive their commissions as Second Lieutenants in one of the Army's specialized branches.

Clarkson's ROTC unit was established in 1936 and was re-designated as the Golden Knight Battalion 50 years later.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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