Army ROTC is…Leadership (Part 3 of 3)

Do a Google search for “best leadership course in America” (with or without quotes) and you’ll immediately receive search results for Army ROTC. Without question, becoming an Army ROTC Cadet is the best preparation you can receive for becoming a leader in any environment.

In a two-, three-, or four-year Army ROTC program, you will receive a leadership education unequaled by any other course or institution. Here’s why…

Experience, Not Just Education

From your first day as an Army ROTC Cadet, you will not only learn about the art of leadership, you will practice the art of leadership. Early instruction will ground in the Army Values, which is the bedrock of solid leadership and ethical decision-making.

You will first learn from senior Cadets how to understand orders and instructions. As you proceed through the ROTC leadership instruction, YOU will give the orders and instructions. You may be responsible for planning a complicated logistical movement, or directing a fast-paced ambush. But you will not just read books and watch slide-shows. You will DO the things necessary to lead.

The Golden Knight Battalion is a Cadet-run battalion. The senior Cadets serve as the battalion staff and plan and organize the missions. We simulate the environment of a real Army battalion. The rest of the GKB Cadet Corps forms a maneuver company that simulates a real Army company. Our Cadets are trained for years to lead in an Army environment long before they ever must do so.

This experiential education is part of what makes the Golden Knight Battalion so exceptional.

Access to the Best Mentors and Cadre

Army ROTC Cadre are hand-selected from among the best in the enlisted and officer ranks. The Professor of Military Science (PMS), the top Officer and Commander of the ROTC Battalion typically has more than a decade of experience as a senior Officer. The Senior Military Instructor can have close to two decades of experience leading troops [see press release for appointment of Major Joseph Roller, GKB’s newest PMS]

These leaders have typically seen recent deployments in modern military operations overseas. They know what it takes to lead troops, and they know what today’s leaders need to know as they begin their careers.

The Golden Knight Battalion boasts an experienced staff with broad experience both in combat and a variety of other special leadership environments. On top of that, the battalion’s proximity to Fort Drum, New York ensures a steady flow of Green to Gold Cadets who can sometimes arrive with the experiences of their own deployments that they sometimes share with the other Cadets.

One of the best places to get answers about leadership questions and puzzles is right here at the Golden Knight Battalion.

A Future Career in Leadership

On the day you complete your time in the Army ROTC, you will commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. You will be in a position of command over troops in the most powerful Army on the face of the planet. Think of this as being an executive in one of the most powerful companies in the world…on your first day.

It’s reasonable to assume that a Fortune 500 company would want you to acquire some experience in a smaller company before they hired you. In the Army, this is not true. When you finish ROTC, you will already be prepared to join an organization that eclipses the influence of a Fortune 500 company.

Golden Knight Battalion Cadets have been represented in all the officer grades, from Second Lieutenant to General. As leaders, Golden Knight Battalion alumni do nothing less than command the greatest Army in the world. Their leadership experience begins in Army ROTC.


  1. Great post. I was just tag-surfing for blogs on leadership and found this. I couldn’t agree with you more about the opportunity that ROTC and being an Army officer presents. I just posted a video from General Frederick J. Kroesen, Jr., who spoke at a seminar on the Colmar Pocket and he related two lessons he learned as a junior officer in WWII – trust your people and fight like a team.

  2. Yes, John Carter was a hoot. Hopefully, he and I will both get to attend the 517th’s reunion in Atlanta next summer.

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