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

One of the big COVID changes is the class and lab times. I am posting what they are currently proposed to be, but they may change. If you are a Clarkson Freshman we will ensure the class and lab are on your schedule. If you are at a partner school we will work with you. I just need to know your situation so we can work with the instructor:

Tuesday 4:15 PM Section 1
Thursday  4:15 PM Section 2
Wednesday 4:45 PM Section 3

The class is called MS 111 Leadership and Personal Development.

You will also be expected to attend lab from 1:00 PM  to 3:00 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 lab to class each Thursday.

PT is also going to be affected by COVID. We will need to be flexible and creative to make sure we meet the fitness training goals and standards. PT is normally 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.

There will be no early move in or Army ROTC orientation this year.

Please follow the regular move in guidance for your school. We may ask you to check in with us when you get to campus and we may be available during the freshman move in days to answer questions and welcome you, but due to social distancing and due to the Cadre and seniors conducting training during that time there won’t be a formal orientation. Rest assured this isn’t that big a deal. Army ROTC is a 4 year process. We will make up the lost opportunities, and will off set those with other events, to include virtual sessions. You’ll be in the thick of the fight soon enough. Get on campus, get settled in, and get ready.

We will use the first week of classes to do some of the things normally done during our orientation.


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.  Look it over and if you have questions or concerns contact us.  This year we are going to ask you to complete this paperwork and send it securely. There will be some Zoom sessions offered to help you complete what we need.


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!!