George Mason University Army ROTC

George Mason University Army ROTC George Mason University Army ROTC is a premier organization for training and commissioning quality Army Officers.
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George Mason University's Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program, the Patriot Battalion, is located in the heart of Northern Virginia with close proximity to Washington D.C. GMU ROTC Cadets are afforded the full benefit of being a student at Virginia's largest university with the many educational and occupational opportunities in the area while also gaining an insight to military culture and life. If a cadet has the interest to serve in the United States Army and meet the requirements for military duty, he or she can continue training to become an Officer in the United States Army. The Patriot Battalion stands as one of the most viable Senior ROTC Battalions in the Eastern Region, with distinguished achievements in Advance Camp performance, recruiting, retention, and successful commissioning of 2nd Lieutenants. Students at George Mason and University of Mary Washington can enroll in ROTC as they would any other class. First and second year Cadets receive introductory lessons on leadership development and organization, critical in any workplace environment. Third year Cadets then put their lessons into practice by leading and facilitating ROTC training events. Fourth year Cadets utilize their knowledge to plan and coordinate the training, physical fitness, and well-being of the Battalion. The daily life of a Cadet consists of PT (physical training) three days a week on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings. Cadets then have ROTC classes throughout the week with a Lab on Thursday for field and additional training. Each fall and spring semester, the Battalion conducts a weekend Field Training Exercise to put Cadets in a field environment and test their training. Interested Cadets may join some of Battalion clubs, such as Ranger Challenge, Drill Team, and Color Guard, all of which are helpful for increasing camaraderie. Cadets who apply themselves have the opportunity to attend summer training programs and schools such as Air Assault, Airborne, and CULP (Cultural Understanding and Language Program), a program that sends Cadets to foreign countries for an immersive cultural learning experience.

Mission: ROTC is a component part of this nation’s defense system. The primary mission of ROTC is to recruit and train selected individuals to provide well educated, commissioned officers in sufficient numbers to meet the Army’s needs. Every war has shown the necessity for having a large number of trained officers available at the outbreak, to train newly activated units and to bring existing units up to strength. This is how ROTC fits into the defense picture; by providing an annual supply of officers for the active forces and creating a pool of trained officers for the reserves. ROTC currently provides approximately 75% of all officers on active duty. The remainders come from the United States Military Academy (West Point) or through Officer Candidate Schools (OCS).

Congratulations to all of our newly contracted cadets as well as the new command team for the 2019 Fall semester!
05/08/2019

Congratulations to all of our newly contracted cadets as well as the new command team for the 2019 Fall semester!

Big smiles from everybody on our last two rucks before FTX (8 and a 10 miler). Cadets are ready to challenge themselves ...
03/29/2019

Big smiles from everybody on our last two rucks before FTX (8 and a 10 miler). Cadets are ready to challenge themselves on the upcoming 12 miler as well as the other challenging tasks they will do at FTX! Get ready Patriot Battalion #Traintolead #TFFTX #PLTW

03/25/2019

29 Diner contributes a check of $1,191 to GMU ROTC! It was three times more the amount earned through volunteer service. We appreciate it!

Patriot Battalion Spring 2019 February-March Newsletter
03/21/2019

Patriot Battalion Spring 2019 February-March Newsletter

Early this morning, the cadets completed an 8 mile ruck march in preparation for JFTX. With a busy week completed, the c...
03/08/2019

Early this morning, the cadets completed an 8 mile ruck march in preparation for JFTX. With a busy week completed, the cadets are excited for the start of spring break
#patriotsleadtheway #armyrotc

LAB 7 AMBUSHCadets really enjoyed today’s lab, practicing and running through a point linear ambush#PLTW
03/08/2019

LAB 7 AMBUSH
Cadets really enjoyed today’s lab, practicing and running through a point linear ambush
#PLTW

03/05/2019

Patriot Battalion rucking highlights February 2019

Lab 5 Cadets were able to work together within their platoons, rehearsing and practicing a platoon attack. Cadets really...
02/26/2019

Lab 5
Cadets were able to work together within their platoons, rehearsing and practicing a platoon attack. Cadets really enjoyed the practical portions of this lab as well as the snow
#PLTW #ArmyROTC

Today during LAB 3, cadets covered the formations and the composition of a platoon sized element. These are vital for ca...
02/08/2019

Today during LAB 3, cadets covered the formations and the composition of a platoon sized element. These are vital for cadets to learn as most of their training will revolve around platoon based operations, where teamwork and competency in tactics are a priority.

Get them while they are fresh! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be on sale outside the JC this Wednesday 6 FEB 2019 from 1400...
02/05/2019

Get them while they are fresh! Krispy Kreme Doughnuts will be on sale outside the JC this Wednesday 6 FEB 2019 from 1400-1700.
Singles for $1
Dozens for $10
All proceeds go back to our program!

The remaining will be sold following lab on Thursday and PT Friday.

Last week, the Patriot Battalion avoided the cold weather by having classes on AR 670-1, EO training, and the importance...
02/03/2019

Last week, the Patriot Battalion avoided the cold weather by having classes on AR 670-1, EO training, and the importance of health and fitness. In addition, they also had a PCC/PCI (pre combat check and inspection) of their TA-50 gear. #PLTW

The Patriot Battalion would like to congratulate the Fall Class of 2018 graduates on their commissioning as 2nd Lieutena...
01/26/2019

The Patriot Battalion would like to congratulate the Fall Class of 2018 graduates on their commissioning as 2nd Lieutenants earlier this month. Their leadership, presence, and willingness to give back to the organization has significantly developed the growth and leadership skills of our battalion, especially the younger MSIs and MSIIs. May they continue to have wonderful and challenging experiences ahead of them as they have just taken the first major step in their army career #armyrotc #patriotsleadtheway

30NOV2018 GMU Army ROTC Change of Command CeremonyCongratulations to all the newly contracted cadets! May you all contin...
12/08/2018

30NOV2018
GMU Army ROTC Change of Command Ceremony

Congratulations to all the newly contracted cadets! May you all continue to grow in your leadership next semester

George Mason University Army ROTC's cover photo
12/04/2018

George Mason University Army ROTC's cover photo

Yesterday  the patriot battalion cadets were volunteering at the 3rd annual rock”n for the vets at the Veterans of For...
04/22/2018

Yesterday the patriot battalion cadets were volunteering at the 3rd annual rock”n for the vets at the Veterans of Foreign Wars event supporting our troops who have served before us. #PLTW

Last week during Lab, cadets were working on ambush attacks while operating in the woods. Tune in till next week! #PLTW
03/05/2018

Last week during Lab, cadets were working on ambush attacks while operating in the woods. Tune in till next week! #PLTW

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." #HappyMonday #PLT...
02/26/2018

"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." #HappyMonday #PLTW

Last week during lab, The cadets were tested on what they have learned and applied it in the IM field woods with obstacl...
02/19/2018

Last week during lab, The cadets were tested on what they have learned and applied it in the IM field woods with obstacles that hinders PLT Movement. Stay tuned with us next week as the cadets continues to prepare for Joint field training exercise! #PLTW

Last week in the Patriot Battalion, the cadets had their first Army Physical Fitness Test and the Occupational Physical ...
02/19/2018

Last week in the Patriot Battalion, the cadets had their first Army Physical Fitness Test and the Occupational Physical
Assessment Test of the spring semester. #PLTW

Last week during lab, The Patriot Battalion conducted the first and second phase of platoon raid. Stay tuned next week a...
02/11/2018

Last week during lab, The Patriot Battalion conducted the first and second phase of platoon raid. Stay tuned next week as the cadets will further progress in each of the phases. Patriots Lead The Way! #PLTW

Last week the Patriot Battalion had there first tactic lab, going over lace reports, aid & litter, first aid, and EPW. #...
02/04/2018

Last week the Patriot Battalion had there first tactic lab, going over lace reports, aid & litter, first aid, and EPW. #PLTW

George Mason University Army ROTC's cover photo
02/04/2018

George Mason University Army ROTC's cover photo

As the Cadets finished there first week of the semester, the Patriot Battalion cadets rotated through EO, SHARP, Call fo...
01/27/2018

As the Cadets finished there first week of the semester, the Patriot Battalion cadets rotated through EO, SHARP, Call for fire, and Cold Weather Protection/Injury classes during lab to uphold the values and leadership the Army desires. Stay tuned next week for more announcements/ events as these cadets progress on becoming an officer in the world greatest Army. Patriots Lead The Way! #PLTW

Congratulations to now SFC Harris as he was promoted earlier today in front of the Patriot Battalion. #PLTW
01/26/2018

Congratulations to now SFC Harris as he was promoted earlier today in front of the Patriot Battalion. #PLTW

Congratulations to 2LT Michael Muzzey on commissioning earlier today as an Infantry Officer in the National Guard. 2LT M...
01/18/2018

Congratulations to 2LT Michael Muzzey on commissioning earlier today as an Infantry Officer in the National Guard. 2LT Muzzey will be pursuing a career with the Metropolitan Police Department prior to BOLC. #PatriotsLeadTheWay
Photo credits: JT Ricci

Today the Patriot Battalion held it's last PT session of semester. Instead of normal operations, the battalion recognize...
12/01/2017

Today the Patriot Battalion held it's last PT session of semester. Instead of normal operations, the battalion recognized some cadets for their outstanding performance over the course of the fall semester. These included recognition for drill team and color guard and awards for best PT score, cadet of the month, and more. In addition, a contracting ceremony was also held for over a dozen cadets. Finally, the morning closed out with a change of command ceremony where the battalion's new leadership was installed for the spring semester.

#HereWeGo
11/30/2017

#HereWeGo

Today, for our last lab of the semester, the Patriot Battalion conducted an 8-mile ruck march around George Mason University. Cadets were broken down into groups each going at a different pace in order to prepare themselves for even longer rucks next semester and to end this one on a high note.

Today, for our last lab of the semester, the Patriot Battalion conducted an 8-mile ruck march around George Mason Univer...
11/30/2017

Today, for our last lab of the semester, the Patriot Battalion conducted an 8-mile ruck march around George Mason University. Cadets were broken down into groups each going at a different pace in order to prepare themselves for even longer rucks next semester and to end this one on a high note.

Yesterday, the Patriot Battalion held the annual Veteran's Day Luncheon with the administration of George Mason Universi...
11/11/2017

Yesterday, the Patriot Battalion held the annual Veteran's Day Luncheon with the administration of George Mason University. We were happy to have Colonel Ron Green (Retired) and Mason's Senior Vice President for Administration and Finance Jennifer Davis in attendance and to give remarks. On this important day we would like to join our voices to their's and thank all of our nations veterans for their dedicated service to our nation and all of the sacrifices that they make.

Today cadets from the Patriot Battalion traveled to Howard University to attend the Senior Leader Conference. This confe...
11/08/2017

Today cadets from the Patriot Battalion traveled to Howard University to attend the Senior Leader Conference. This conference consisted of a panel discussion with 10 General Officers, where cadets got to ask questions to them directly, and a talk by Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy also followed by Q&A. In addition to this, there was a catered reception where cadets got to meet and speak to the attendees one-on-one, and get more of their questions answered.

Happy Halloween from the Patriot Battalion!
10/31/2017

Happy Halloween from the Patriot Battalion!

This weekend was a big one for the Patriot Battalion. We were active on all fronts. Not only did our cadets attend the 2...
10/30/2017

This weekend was a big one for the Patriot Battalion. We were active on all fronts. Not only did our cadets attend the 20th annual veterans conference in D.C. but our drill team was able to perform for the first time at a Mason Soccer game, and we were able to send several cadets to give back to the community by volunteering at a Halloween Party at the local Elks Lodge. All in a weekend's work for the cadets of the patriot battalion.

GMU Cadets joined cadets from Military Academies and ROTC programs from around the country to attend the 20th Annual Vet...
10/28/2017

GMU Cadets joined cadets from Military Academies and ROTC programs from around the country to attend the 20th Annual Veterans Conference at the US Navy Memorial in Washington D.C. Cadets had the opportunity to hear from Holocaust Survivors, World War II Veterans, as well as three Medal of Honor Recipients. Above is a picture of Medal of Honor Recipient, Sgt. 1st Class Melvin Morris. Sgt. 1st Class Morris is one of the "Valor 24" - 24 men among more than 6500 who, following a lengthy review, were selected to be upgraded to the Medal of Honor.

George Mason University's Army ROTC's Drill Team and Color Guard performed and presented the nations colors for the Viet...
10/26/2017

George Mason University's Army ROTC's Drill Team and Color Guard performed and presented the nations colors for the Vietnam War Commemoration event hosted by the Technical Service Retiree Association. The event was held Saturday morning on the 21st of October. After the event the Color Guard then attended a veteran luncheon.

The Patriot Battalion was back at it again yesterday during the weekly lab. They returned to the woods again to put thei...
10/13/2017

The Patriot Battalion was back at it again yesterday during the weekly lab. They returned to the woods again to put their skills to the test as they went head to head against each other in both offensive and defensive operations. The lab concluded with an awards ceremony for cadets who performed above and beyond at this semester's FTX.

Today, cadets and cadre of the patriot battalion got an opportunity to push themselves to the limit by participating in ...
10/08/2017

Today, cadets and cadre of the patriot battalion got an opportunity to push themselves to the limit by participating in the annual Army Ten Miler in Washington D.C. and Virginia. They spent the morning running past places like the Lincoln Memorial and the Pentagon with soldiers from across the army, as well as meeting the Commanding General of US Army Cadet Command, Major General Hughes.

FTX Day 3. Yesterday the Patriot Battalion completed it's third and final day of FTX. The Battalion returned to the wood...
10/03/2017

FTX Day 3. Yesterday the Patriot Battalion completed it's third and final day of FTX. The Battalion returned to the woods for the last time of the weekend to finish up their training before being released for some much deserved rest.

FTX Day 2. Fresh off their time at the land nav course. The Patriot Battalion went back into the woods to practice tacti...
09/30/2017

FTX Day 2. Fresh off their time at the land nav course. The Patriot Battalion went back into the woods to practice tactics once again. In the pictures below cadets can be seen conducting missions like squad attack and react to contact.

Today marked Day 1 of the Patriot Battalion's 3 day fall FTX (Field Training Exercise). Today the cadets had the opportu...
09/30/2017

Today marked Day 1 of the Patriot Battalion's 3 day fall FTX (Field Training Exercise). Today the cadets had the opportunity to hone the skills that they have been developing on a much larger land nav course.

The past two weeks the Patriot Battalion has been conducting tactical labs in a woodland environment. Here, cadets are g...
09/29/2017

The past two weeks the Patriot Battalion has been conducting tactical labs in a woodland environment. Here, cadets are getting an opportunity to practice missions such as squad attack and react to contact. All in order to prepare them for fall FTX which will be taking place this weekend.

George Mason University Army ROTC's cover photo
09/23/2017

George Mason University Army ROTC's cover photo

Earlier this week two cadets from the Patriot Battalion got a unique opportunity. They were invited by their military hi...
09/20/2017

Earlier this week two cadets from the Patriot Battalion got a unique opportunity. They were invited by their military history professor on a staff ride at the battlefield in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The staff ride was designated for senior commissioned officers during their time at the Army War College, and these cadets were able to accompany them. Truly a unique and educational experience!

This past Thursday the cadets of the Patriot Battalion got the opportunity to build upon the skills they were introduced...
09/17/2017

This past Thursday the cadets of the Patriot Battalion got the opportunity to build upon the skills they were introduced to last week at Lab 2 by putting these skills to the test in a woodland environment.

Today the Patriot Battalion conducted its second lab of the semester. This was the first tactical lab ever for many of o...
09/07/2017

Today the Patriot Battalion conducted its second lab of the semester. This was the first tactical lab ever for many of our incoming cadets. It was designed to teach them basic soldering skills such as map reading, compass use, and movement techniques.

Patriots and Friends, check out this recent Washington Post article about Army ROTC nursing students featuring our own C...
05/11/2017
Think nursing school is hard? Try adding ROTC.

Patriots and Friends, check out this recent Washington Post article about Army ROTC nursing students featuring our own Cadet Yeung and Cadet Medrano! It outlines the remarkable work that all of our dedicated nursing student cadets perform in order to succeed with their civilian counterparts while also training in ROTC to become future Army leaders. Any prospective cadet interested in learning more about ROTC and the Army Nurse Corps should contact the GMU ROTC office (703-993-2706) and ask for more information about the program and scholarship opportunities.

Juggling military and medical training is a challenge for students.

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