Sep 27, 2021  
2018-2019 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog 
    
2018-2019 SUNY Potsdam Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC)


 

ROTC at SUNY Potsdam is an elective course of study that provides college-trained officers to the United States Army and Air Force. SUNY Potsdam students cross-registered in one of the Clarkson University ROTC programs. Upon graduation and successful completion of either the Army program in Military Science or the Air Force program in Aerospace Studies, students receive appointments as commissioned officers in the grade of second lieutenant. Each program provides a Basic Course in the Freshman and Sophomore years and an Advanced Course in the Junior and Senior years. Army sophomores with no ROTC experience may receive credit by attending a special, expenses paid, six-week long Basic Camp in the summer prior to their Junior year. There are other options available for veterans and graduate students. Students may enroll in the ROTC Basic Course or attend the Basic Camp without incurring any military service obligation. Uniforms and books required for ROTC courses are furnished free of charge to students in the Basic and Advanced Courses. Advanced course students are currently paid $450-$500 per month (tax-free) stipend to offset living costs. Qualified students are eligible to compete for Army and Air Force ROTC Scholarships. For more information, call (315) 268-7989 for Air Force or (315) 265-2180 for Army.

Air, Space, and Cyberspace Studies (Air Force ROTC)

Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) combines college study with military leadership, discipline, and training to produce officers and leaders for the United States Air Force. Upon graduation with at least a bachelor’s degree, students are commissioned as second lieutenants in the Active Duty Air Force. A commission is an appointment to a military office by the President of the United States.

Curriculum

AFROTC is normally a four-year program divided into two portions, the General Military Course (GMC) for Freshman and Sophomores, and the Professional Officer Course (POC) for Juniors and Seniors. All students also complete Leadership Laboratory (LLAB) each semester. Students are allowed to enroll as late as the Fall of their Sophomore year and would enroll in both the Freshman and Sophomore classes.

General Military Course (GMC)

The GMC involves a one credit hour course and a two-hour Leadership Laboratory each semester. The Freshman curriculum introduces the Air Force mission and organization, covers the basics of military customs and courtesies, military correspondence styles, and drill and ceremonies. As a foundational course, it also provides a historical perspective such as lessons on war and US military, AF operations, principles of war, and airpower. The Sophomore curriculum picks up where the Freshman course left off from the historical and continues into WWI through WWII. It also begins discussing elements of the joint fight with introductions into the sister services. This course provides the students with some knowledge-level understanding for the employment of air and space power, from an institutional, doctrinal, and historical perspective.

Field Training

After successful completion of the GMC, students are normally scheduled to attend Field Training during the summer between the Sophomore and Junior year. Field Training is an intense, three-week, hands-on leadership challenge. Cadets will be evaluated on their mastery of military customs and courtesies, drill and ceremonies, and on their leadership ability. Cadets are exposed to a variety of challenges to force them to work as a team, learn to critically evaluate situations, and perform under stress. Many cadets will say that Field Training is a life-changing experience that builds self-confidence and fine-tunes leadership skills.

Professional Officer Course (POC)

After successfully completing Field Training, cadets are sworn in to the POC and are enlisted in the inactive reserves while they complete their final two years of college. The Junior curriculum focuses on an in-depth study of leadership and management concepts. The Senior curriculum continues to emphasize leadership, but introduces national security concepts and issues, military law, the law of armed conflict, and preparation for entrance into the Active Duty Air Force. POC cadets are placed in leadership positions and are charged with running the cadet wing that is modeled after the organizational structure of the active duty Air Force.

Leadership Laboratory (LLAB)

LLAB is a hands-on leadership training program. The POC plan and execute LLABs in which the GMC are instructed in skills they will need to successfully complete Field Training and for a thriving military career. POC members are responsible for planning and executing LLAB, as well as other extra-curricular activities like formal dinners and awards ceremonies. Cadets are challenged in the classroom, and their jobs in the cadet wing require them to put the theories into practice.

Scholarships

Merit-based tuition scholarships are available to AFROTC cadets; they vary from $9,000 to full tuition. Below is a list of scholarships most commonly earned.

  • TYPE I - Full tuition and fees scholarship
  • TYPE II - $18,000 towards tuition and fees

Other Benefits (all scholarships include the following):

  • Monthly Stipend during the academic year - FR = $300, SOPH = $350, JUN = $450, SEN = $500
  • $300 per semester for books

Other Activities

Air Force ROTC presents many unique opportunities for its cadets. Every year the cadet corps has the opportunity to visit an Air Force Base and see firsthand how the Air Force works. These trips often include incentive flights on a variety of military aircraft. Cadets can also compete for summertime training opportunities to earn parachute wings (free-fall and airborne), travel to overseas bases at no cost, and more. For more details, contact the Air, Space, and Cyberspace Studies Department at (315) 268-7989.

Air, Space, and Cyberspace Studies Curriculum *

Credit Hours

Freshman Year: First semester  
  AS 101 The Air Force Today
AS 103 Leadership Laboratory
1
FreshmanYear: Second semester  
  AS 102 The Air Force Today II
AS 104 Leadership Laboratory
1
Sophomore Year: First semester  
  AS 201 The Evolution of Air and Space Power I
AS 203 Leadership Laboratory
1
Sophomore Year: Second semester  
  AS 202 The Evolution of Air and Space Power II
AS 204 Leadership Laboratory
1
Junior Year: First semester  
  AS 301 Leadership Studies I
AS 303 Leadership Laboratory
3
Junior Year: Second semester  
  AS 302 Leadership Studies II
AS 304 Leadership Laboratory
3
Senior Year: First semester  
  AS 401 National Security Affairs I
AS 403 Leadership Laboratory
3
Senior Year: Second semester  
  AS 402 National Security Affairs II
AS 404 Leadership Laboratory
3

* Course may be applicable as free electives in some majors where noted. Consult individual departments for details.

Military Science (Army ROTC)

The Clarkson University Army ROTC Golden Knight Battalion was founded in 1936 in order to establish a program in which students could obtain commissions as Second Lieutenants in the United States Army upon graduation. Since then, it has commissioned over 1,100 leaders into the Active, Reserve and National Guard components. Today, the Golden Knight Battalion continues to commission high quality officers from Clarkson University, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam and SUNY Canton.

The goal of the department is to develop individual leadership skills and managerial ability while preparing young adults to become leaders in the United States Army. Army ROTC is a widely accepted part of campus life with cadets active in all campus activities including student government, varsity athletics and Greek life. The Battalion is approximately 100 cadets strong, and its focus remains steady on the development and training of America’s future leaders. The end result of successful completion of Army ROTC program is a commission in the U.S. Army as a Second Lieutenant.

Program

The ROTC program complements the traditional college curriculum by placing an emphasis on developing the student’s leadership, management and interpersonal skills through dynamic and challenging instruction and training. Along with the class room instruction is a physical fitness component. Future officers must meet medical and fitness standards to commission. Many academic schools at SUNY Potsdam give PE credit for the Army ROTC class. Upon graduation, cadets are commissioned as Second Lieutenants into one of 16 career fields in the Active Army, Army Reserve or National Guard.

Scholarships

Army ROTC offers a number of scholarships for students interested in the program. Four-, three- and two-year scholarships are awarded to students on a merit-basis. Students may apply for four-year scholarships while still in high school as well as two- and three-year scholarships once on campus. These scholarships include:

  1. Full payment of SUNY tuition and mandatory fees or room and board at SUNY Potsdam;
  2. $600 per semester for textbooks and classroom supplies;
  3. $350-$500 monthly stipend for up to ten months per year.

Military Science Curriculum

Credit Hours

Freshman Year: First semester  
  MS 111 Leadership and Personal Development
MS 111L Leadership Laboratory
1
Freshman Year: Second semester  
  MS 112 Introduction to Tactical Leadership
MS 112L Leadership Laboratory
1
Sophomore Year: First semester  
  MS 221 Foundations of Leadership
MS 221L Leadership Laboratory
2
Sophomore Year: Second semester  
  MS 222 Foundations of Tactical Leadership
MS 222L Leadership Laboratory
2
Junior Year: First semester  
  MS 331 Adaptive Team Leadership
MS 331L Leadership Laboratory
3
Junior Year: Second semester  
  MS 332 Applied Team Leadership
MS 332L Leadership Laboratory
3
Senior Year: First semester  
  MS 441 Adaptive Leadership
MS 441L Leadership Laboratory
3
Senior Year: Second semester  
  MS 442 Leadership in a Complex World
MS 442L Leadership Laboratory
3

For more information, visit www.armyrotc.com. To cross-register in an Army ROTC class with no obligation, contact the Golden Knight Batallion at (315) 265-2180 or armyrotc@clarkson.edu.