New Cadets

If you are planning to join the Golden Knight Battalion this is your one stop shop for taking the steps you need to get on board.


To be in Army ROTC you need to enroll in the class. Whether you are taking it for a test drive or you’ve known since you were a baby that you wanted to be an Army Officer the first step is to take the class. If you will be attending Clarkson and you tell us you want in then you will have the class on your schedule when you arrive in the fall. If you are at one of our partner schools you will need to help us out when you schedule your classes. If you are going to be attending a school other than Clarkson You will also need to fill out a cross enrollment form and return it the the Enrollment Officer.

Here are the links interested students at our partner schools

SUNY Potsdam

SUNY Canton

St Lawrence

Paul Smith’s College

Here is when the classes are offered for Freshmen:

Tuesday 2:00 PM Section 1
Thursday  2:00 PM Section 2
Wednesday 2:00 PM Section 3

The class is called MS 111 Leadership and Personal Development.

You will also be expected to attend lab from 3:30 PM  to 5:30 PM on Thursdays.  The lab is the best part of the class.

If you attend Paul Smith’s, SUNY Potsdam, SUNY Canton, or St Lawrence the best plan is to sign up for section 2 and go right from class to lab each Thursday.

PT is held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 0600. PT shouldn’t conflict with your classes, and PT is not a required part of the class unless you are contracted, or have a scholarship offer.

If you run into trouble getting the class on your schedule contact us.


We hope you will get on board from the start and attend our orientation which will tentatively be held Friday, 28 August. This is not mandatory unless you are on scholarship.  We can arrange for you to move in the day before our orientation (a day earlier than the rest of the Clarkson freshman class) on Thursday, 27 August. We will start the day on the 29th at Clarkson with a contracting ceremony. Here is the tentative schedule for orientation.

0900-1000 paperwork for contracting and new scholarship cadets
1000 Contracting ceremony for 4 year scholarship winners
1030 – 1200 Orientation Part 1 for new Cadets
1200 – 1300 Lunch – family and friends welcome
1300 – 1400 Information session for parents
1300 – 1600 Orientation Part 2 for new Cadets

At 1600 you can link back up with your parents and be back to being a regular Clarkson Freshman (or a freshman at our partner schools).

We understand that if you are at one of our partner schools you may not be able to attend, but if you do we can help you get in your dorm early and be on hand.


We will ask you to fill out some paperwork at the beginning. As you will hear repeatedly none of this paperwork obligates you to serve. You’ll know when you sign the contract and incur an obligation. Until then we will ask you for access to your grades and medical status at some point to determine if you are qualified to serve. The paperwork we will ask for is here. We would like for you to fill it out ahead of time and bring it to orientation. Look it over and if you have questions or concerns contact us.  If you are a 4 year scholarship winner there will be more paperwork for us to do, so make sure you are watching your email.


Finally a few things to think about over the Summer. Whether you plan for a career in the military or are just curious about the military we will attempt to instill some habits and values in you that will help you succeed. We look for Scholar/Athlete/Leaders so as you prepare to come to school remember that school will be your full time job for the next 4 years. If you come to school with that mindset you will be a successful scholar. Fitness is important to be healthy and happy. Get in the habit of working out on a regular basis and you will be a successful athlete. You may bring a ton of leadership with you, and you may need to be developed. Come with an open mind and the desire to do your best when challenged and you will be a successful leader.

We look forward to another great year here in the Golden Knight Battalion and are glad you are planning to join us.

From the Front!! Golden Knights!!