Cadet Life

Army ROTC Cadets are regular students, just like everyone else on campus. They choose a major, and pursue their chosen academic major ensuring they meet graduation requirements.  Cadets work with Cadre to complete an Academic Workplan (104R) that becomes an agreement with the student and the ROTC department to ensure the student meets the rigors of the college curriculum as outlined by the university. The Army ROTC program is designed to augment a student’s standard curriculum, recognizing the fact that our Cadets are students first and foremost. 

Students enroll in ROTC class, as a Basic Course student the class meets twice a  week for one hour and fifteen minutes. The Military Science (MLS 100) level is an Introduction to ROTC and is worth three credits. The MLS 200 level is Self and Team Development and is three credits.  Students that fulfill the Basic Course requirement can enter the Advance Course. Advance Course students must be meet the criteria to contract and do incur a military obligation. The Advance Course is MLS 300 (Unit Organization and Tactical Operations) and MLS 400 (Advanced Leadership Studies) levels. The 300 and 400 level classes meet twice a week for one hour and fifteen minutes or three times a week for one hour each time. Those classes are worth three credits.

Students can also enroll in the ROTC Leadership Laboratory that meets once a week for two hours. Students that wish to participate in the lab must submit a medical participation form signed by their physician. The lab is mandatory for all Contracted Cadets and highly encourage for all students wishing to compete for a contract. The student does not receive credit for the lab.  The lab is designed to provide the student with practical "hands on" training. Students learn basic military skills that assist them in developing skills that are necessary to lead their peers. Labs can focus on individual skills as well as team skills. The lab is designed to allow students to progress in their learning by following the training concepts of the US Army. An example of some labs are: Land Navigation; Rifle Marksmanship (weapons systems); Tactics, by participating in "Situational Training Exercise (STX) lanes; First Aid; Military Customs and Courtesies and Drill and Ceremonies, all necessary tools that assist in the evaluation of the student to become a commissioned officer. There are also adventure training opportunities like rappelling and combat water survival swimming that teach students proper  Rappel techniques and Combat Water Survival Skills. 

The Army ROTC program also holds Physical Training (PT) sessions three to five times a week.  PT is mandatory for all contracted Cadets.

Not all of our students go on to serve their country in the military.  Some go on to serve as leaders in industry and government. Learn more about our curriculum.

In addition to the standard ROTC curriculum, a student may elect to participate in a variety of clubs and activities geared towards ROTC students:

Ranger Challenge

Army ROTC's varsity sport, Ranger Challenge is a team of eight to ten Cadets that are tested mentally and physically through rigorous training and competition. Cadets from ROTC Battalion's within our Brigade compete in various events such as rope bridge assembly, grenade assault course, M16 / M60 disassembly & assembly, land navigation, the Army Physical Fitness Test and a 10K road march.  Ranger Challenge demands the best from our student athletes. 

Pershing Rifles

Pershing Rifles is a national fraternal organization geared towards further developing leadership skills and abilities in its members.  Alumni of the organization have reached some of the most powerful, and honorable positions within our military, civilian work force, and government.  The Pershing Rifles at Canisius College exists to instill a sense of Brotherhood amongst its members, develop their leadership skills, and field an exhibition rifle drill team for competition. 

Color Guard

Color Guard is one of the most proficient organizations on campus. Cadets participating in the Golden Griffin Army ROTC Color Guard present the colors at ceremonial events including Bills football games; Sabres Hockey games; Canisius Basketball Games and local parades and events. The Color Guard demands precision and coordination from participating cadets, enhancing skills in drill and ceremony, military customs, military courtesy, and discipline.