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What is Army ROTC?


Army ROTC is one of the ways the Army makes their Officers or mid-level managers. Army ROTC at SUNY Potsdam is an elective curriculum you take along with your required college classes. It gives you the tools, training and experiences that will help you succeed in any competitive environment. Along with great leadership training, Army ROTC can pay for your college tuition (or room and board). Because Army ROTC is an elective, you can participate your freshman and sophomore years without any obligation to join the Army or look to make a commitment sooner. You will have a normal college student experience like everyone else on campus, but when you graduate, you will be commissioned as an Officer in the Army. At that point, you may serve full or part time in a wide array of career fields.


Those who succeed in the Army ROTC program are students who excel and want something more out of the college experience. Generally, these students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong and leaders who have a great desire to learn.


Army ROTC students who receive an Army ROTC scholarship or enter the Army ROTC Advanced Course (Junior and Senior year) must agree to complete a period of service with the Army.

  • You can serve full time in the Army for three years (four years for scholarship winners)
  • Selected Cadets may choose to serve part time in the U.S. Army Reserve or Army National Guard while pursuing a civilian career

It's an experience that you can't get anywhere else, and your leadership skills will be challenged every day. Enrolling in the Army ROTC Basic Course does NOT involve a commitment of service to the Army unless you have received an Army ROTC Scholarship.

To learn more or take the first step...

There are many different options and ways to participate, so your first step should be to contact the Golden Knight Battalion enrollment officer at (315) 268-7695 or  If you are a high school student you should also consider competing for a national scholarship.  The window to apply opens in the summer before your junior year, and the enrollment officer can assist you.

William Jadlos ’24 is already making the most of his first year at SUNY Potsdam after recently becoming a cadet in the U.S. Army ROTC program. On Sept. 10th he joined other cadets during a military training event on campus where they learned how to triage, assess and respond to combat injuries—all while following strict U.S. Army protocols, including wearing proper personal protective equipment.

Carlos Bustos '21 has been serving in the U.S. Army for the past 14 years. He was a Tank Commander on the M1A2 Abrams, deployed to Iraq twice, and he was stationed in South Korea. Now he's back in school, pursuing a degree in SUNY Potsdam's Department of Business Administration.