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Interested in finding out what other Cadets think of the University of Minnesota ROTC Battalion? Here's where you can learn about the ROTC experience from motivated students just like you.
Field Leadership Reaction Course
Cadets apply problem solving skills during FLRC where teamwork and creative thinking are essential.
Cadet Jack Ciattarelli
Cadet Ciattarelli is a sophomore at the University of Minnesota where he is studying Italian and Accounting. He grew up in Hillsborough, New Jersey. After graduation, he plans to become an active duty Field Artillery or Armor officer. ROTC has taught him to “put myself out there and be uncomfortable. Being uncomfortable and under pressure is going to be an often occurrence in the Army and the more I grow accustomed to it, the more of an impact I can have on my fellow Soldiers.” In his free time, he enjoys snowboarding, fishing, and hanging with his dog (Jordy) and brothers when he is home.
Cadet Kenneth Cowles
Cadet Cowles grew up in Princeton, MN and is a senior at the University of Minnesota studying Economics. Upon commissioning, he will be an active duty Field Artillery officer. Cadet Cowles is an avid runner and a member of the ROTC Run Team for the past 3 years; he has participated in the Army Ten-Miler in Washington D.C and the light team at the Bataan Memorial Death March in New Mexico. His favorite part of ROTC is the challenges it offers. In his free time, he enjoys running, reading and hanging out with friends.
Cadet Aaron Dabson
Cadet Dabson is from Maple Grove, MN. He is a junior at the University of Minnesota majoring in Sociology of Law/Criminology and Deviance. In the past, he has participated in Northern Warfare and the Ranger Challenge teams and often trains for triathlons. After graduation he plans on becoming an officer in the Minnesota National Guard while perusing a career in law or federal law enforcement. His favorite part about ROTC is the bonding and relationships which have been created over the years. The “bonds made here will last a lifetime, and I am grateful for that.”
Cadet Levi Golden
Cadet Golden grew up in Seattle, Washington. He is a freshman at the Macalester College where he is majoring in Political Science. He is seeking an active duty slot upon commissioning and is interested in becoming an Infantry officer. Cadet Golden is a linebacker on the Macalester football team and a member of the Mac Jewish Organization. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends, traveling and sports.
"ROTC has helped me discover ways to better my life that I could never have imagined without it. I’ve always been very ambitious, and had significant accomplishments in high school, but I still had a lot of shortcomings. Those shortcomings were due mostly to the fact that I didn’t have great time management skills, nor did I know how to effectively set and work towards a goal. ROTC taught me how to improve myself in both these areas, and pushes me to be the best that I can be.”
Cadet Lucas Manke
Cadet Manke is a freshman at the University of St. Thomas where he is majoring in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Business Administration. He is on the St. Thomas swim team, plays intramural volleyball and a member of the Design for America and American Society of Mechanical Engineers. After graduation, CDT Manke hopes to branch Aviation and serve as a member of the MN National Guard. His favorite part about ROTC is the comradery between the Cadets. ROTC has taught him “a lot about leadership, but I think the most important lesson I have learned since joining the Gopher Battalion is that you must show up on time and stay true to your word.”
Cadet Josh Metzdorff
Cadet Metzdorff is from Waseca, MN. He is a junior attending the University of Minnesota and majoring in Animal Science. He also plays on the Intramural Hockey team. After graduation, he plans to pursue a career in the National Guard as a Medical Service Corps officer, as well as a civilian career in veterinary sales and attend vet school. His favorite parts of ROTC are the relationships and bonds build with fellow Cadets. In his free time, he enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting, fishing, skiing as well as working on the farm.
Cadet Elizabeth Mindham
Cadet Mindham came to the University of Minnesota from Sun Prairie, WI. She is now a sophomore studying Sociology. She plans to pursue an active duty or Reserve commissioning and aspires to become a Judge Advocate General officer. Her favorite part of ROTC is the continual challenge it offers with the endless opportunities and connections in the future. She enjoys listening to music, spending time with friends and reading in her spare time.
"ROTC has taught me many leadership and teamwork skills, as well as the self-discipline that is required to become a better person."
Cadet Shayna Studenski
Cadet Studenski grew up on a small hobby farm in Sauk Rapids, MN. She is a senior in the Nursing major program at Bethel University. After graduation, she plans on becoming a Nurse in the Iowa National Guard. Her favorite part of ROTC is working with all the unique Cadets from many different backgrounds and learning how to be a better leader. In her free time she enjoys swing dancing, reading and spending time with friends and family, especially playing cards.