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Pushing students outside their comfort zone is how we bring out the best in everyone. Whether you’re dropping blindfolded into the water or giving a presentation in front of 100 cadets, you will always walk away a better person for it.

Combat Water Survival Training

Pushing students outside their comfort zone is how we bring out the best in everyone. Whether you’re dropping blindfolded into the water or giving a presentation in front of 100 cadets, you will always walk away a better person for it.

Students of The Golden Gopher Battalion come from multiple areas around the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. The Golden Gopher Battalion is comprised of students from not only the University of Minnesota, but from 16 affiliated schools:

Augsburg College
Bethel University
St. Catherine University
Concordia University
Crown College
Hamline University
Inver Hills Community College**
Macalaster College
Metropolitan State University
Normandale Community College**
University of Northwestern-St.Paul
North Central University
Saint Paul College**
University of Minnesota
University of St. Thomas
William Mitchell College of Law

**Students who attend our affiliate 2-Year Technical and Community Colleges must enroll into one of our 4-Year Universities in order to attain their Commission from the UMN ROTC Program.

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Battalion History

The Department of Military Science and Tactics was one of the original departments of the University of Minnesota. Military training initially consisted of two companies of infantry and one platoon of artillery. Sparse facilities made military instruction difficult until the Coliseum was built in 1884. In 1888, Military training was recognized as the U of M Cadet Corps. The University Regents briefly permitted female participation between the years 1888 to 1892. Fire destroyed the Coliseum in 1894, and the current Armory replaced the Coliseum in 1896. During the 1920s, opposition to mandatory military training at land-grant colleges and universities began. On June 17, 1934, the Regents voted to ban compulsory drill, making the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota the only land-grant institutions in the United States that operated ROTC programs on a voluntary basis.

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