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Cadets Face Off in Bout Between Army and Air Force ROTC

Clarkson University's Army and Air Force ROTC cadets will go head-to-head at Cheel Arena in an inter-service rivalry ice hockey game on March 22 at 6 p.m. The hockey game is one of three events in the annual best-of-three challenge.

The Air Force ROTC team, Detachment 536, will compete against the Army ROTC team, the Golden Knights Battalion, for the coveted Boot award. The Air Force ROTC has held the Boot for two consecutive years, and defeated the Army ROTC team in last year's ice hockey competition 2-0. The Golden Knights Battalion won the soccer challenge earlier in the year. If the Air Force wins on the ice again this year, the two teams will continue to the basketball challenge. The winner of the third competition will become the 2005-2006 season champions.

"Our rivalry with the Air Force ROTC is quite spirited, and the cadets have a great deal of respect for one another," remarked Major Scott Toth. "Since we did win the soccer match this fall, we are hoping to sweep Air Force with a win in the hockey competition. Our cadets are anxious to bring the "boot" back to the Army ROTC headquarters."

ROTC is a series of electives that provide college students the skills and military leadership, discipline and training to produce officers for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force. Upon successful completion of ROTC and graduation from a four-year college, cadets receive their commissions as second lieutenants. Combined, the two ROTC programs commission approximately 20 cadets each year. A commission is an appointment to a military office by the president of the United States.

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

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