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 the program 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 to be enrolled 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

Here is when the class meets this fall. 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:

Wednesday 2:00 – 2:50 PM Section 1
Thursday  2:00 – 2:50 PM Section 2

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 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 normally held Monday, Wednesday, and Friday at 6:00 AM. 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.

early move in and army rotc orientation

We expect to ask the Freshman Army ROTC Cadets to move in on the first day of freshman move in, so that you will be on hand to participate in a one day Army ROTC orientation on the next day. Tentatively you will be asked to move in on 25 August and be ready for a one day Army ROTC orientation on the 26th of August. More information to follow, so keep an eye on this website and your email.


We will ask you to fill out some paperwork when you enroll. 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 the paperwork we will ask you to fill out will explain your rights and allow us to access 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.  Do not start filling out any paperwork until told to. We will hold some vitual info sessions over Zoom during the summer to help you with the paperwork.


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!!