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05-11-2000

Army ROTC Unit At Clarkson University Recognized As One Of Nation's Best

Clarkson University’s Army ROTC unit has been recognized as one of the top 10 percent among the United States Army Cadet Command’s 270 units nationwide.

According to Lt. Col. William Gregory, commanding officer of the Clarkson unit, Clarkson was ranked 11th overall and was designated the top performing school in the New York/New England region.

Evaluations were based on five categories: overall training performance; fulfilling the mission of commissioning 14 officers per year; cadets’ evaluated performances at Advanced Camp at Ft. Lewis, Wash.; meeting enrollment and retention objectives; and the quality of lieutenants accessed to the force.

“This accomplishment demonstrates excellence in the overall Army ROTC program and the hard work and competence of Clarkson University cadets,” said U. S. Army Major General Stewart W. Wallace in a letter to University President Denny Brown.  “We look forward to many more years of partnership in developing leaders for our Army and our nation.”

“It’s a reflection of the support we receive from the University administration and faculty, and the students at Clarkson, St. Lawrence University, SUNY Potsdam and Canton Tech,” says Gregory of the honor.  “It is also a tribute to those who have gone before us.”

Army ROTC is a four-year program that provides college students the skills and leadership training to become officers in the United States Active Army, Army Reserves, and National Guard.  Upon successful completion of ROTC and graduation from a four-year college, cadets receive their commissions as Second Lieutenants in one of the Army's specialized branches.

Clarkson’s ROTC unit was established in 1936 and was redesignated as the Golden Knight Battalion 50 years later.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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