Military Science

Army ROTC is an elective curriculum you take alongside your major college courses. It provides leadership training and the tools to succeed in competitive environments. You can participate during your freshman and sophomore years without joining the Army, but when you continue the studies as a junior and senior and graduate, you'll be commissioned an officer in the Army. You'll be able to choose a branch in your interest area for your military service. At St. Cloud State, the ROTC program is part of the Fighting Saints Battalion in combination with St. John's University and the College of St. Benedict.

Program Highlights

  • Monthly outdoor training activities include land navigation exercises, squad tactics and survival training.
  • The Fighting Saints Battalion participates in the Ranger Challenge and Pershing Rifles competitions and appears in local Veterans Days parades.
  • The battalion trains one weekend a semester at Camp Ripley.
  • Army ROTC assists with college tuition.

Program Distinctions

  • 45-year history on the St. Cloud State campus.
  • 1,400 officers commissioned by the Tri-College Exchange, which includes St. Cloud State, through May 2012.
  • Notable alumnus: Anthony R. Latta '97 was the first black ROTC officer in the St. Cloud area. He served as a computer expert at the Pentagon and is president of Invictus Systems of Burke, Va., a software company he founded that produces nutrition labels for corporate customers such as Campbell's, Nestle and Stouffer's.

Student Organizations

  • Student Veterans Organization

Popular Careers

  • Army Officer
  • Corporate management
  • Systems analyst
  • Teacher/trainer

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