Clarkson University
The Golden Knight hockey team, once again victorious over the Air Force

Army ROTC hockey team

The Golden Knight hockey team, once again victorious over the Air Force

“ What makes ROTC different (and better in my opinion) than all of the other ways of becoming an officer in the United States Army is that you don't miss out on your life as a student. The Golden Knight Battalion realizes this and is careful not to intrude more than necessary on your classes, work, and social life. In fact, I have made more friends through ROTC than any other activity I've participated in on campus. ”

Ryan Brown (Clarkson), Binghamton, NY

See how interesting college can be when you're a part of Army ROTC. You'll be a college student first and foremost, just like the rest of the student body, but there's a key difference: you'll have even more opportunities to succeed.

These opportunities include Field Training Exercises (FTXs) in the spring and fall where Cadets build their teamwork and leadership skills. Cadets also participate in Physical Training (PT) on a regular basis to keep up their strength and endurance.

In addition, each battalion has its own unique calendar of events and activities.

Learn more about Events and Activities


ROTC class is held anywhere from once a week as a freshmen to twice a week for seniors.  The classroom instruction gives you the fundamentals of leadership, communications, and common soldier skills such as map reading.



Lab is held once a week for 2 hours.  Labs are where you apply the skills you have learned in the classroom to a dynamic field environment.  As a freshman, you are a member of the squad.  Sophomores and Juniors may assume leadership positions.  Seniors are planning and executing the training, and evaluating the leadership skills of the underclassmen.


Physical Training

ROTC means maintaining a high level of fitness.  PT is held 3 times a week.  Sometimes you will be working on improving your pushups, sit ups, and run.  Other times you will be playing basketball with you squad mates.  The Battalion also fields various intramural teams, and competes against the Air Force each year in soccer, ice hockey, and basketball.