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. 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.
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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).

Operating as usual

This past weekend, Patriot Battalion, along with Hoya Battalion and Bison Battalion, participated at Operation Agile Lea...
09/22/2020

This past weekend, Patriot Battalion, along with Hoya Battalion and Bison Battalion, participated at Operation Agile Leader in order to master their tactical knowledge and develop their core leadership capabilities. While the hills were high and the amount of sleep was low, all cadets came out of the woods Sunday afternoon with a sense of proficiency and confidence in their abilities to lead Soldiers as future 2nd Lieutenants.

Hoya Battalion
Howard University Army ROTC-Bison Battalion
U.S. Army Cadet Command (ROTC)
4th Brigade ROTC

19 years ago, the United States of America experienced an attack that shocked the world. Terrorists hijacked four passen...
09/11/2020

19 years ago, the United States of America experienced an attack that shocked the world. Terrorists hijacked four passenger airliners and crashed them into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a rural field in Pennsylvania. 2,996 people died as a result of the attacks, which includes the death of 343 fireman and 60 police officers. The attacks changed the way of life in many ways but it never changed the patriotism we as Americans have towards this country. Each year, it is important to honor those who serve to protect our nation domestically, and abroad. We must never forget the sacrifice they made and continue to make each and every day.

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08/22/2020

For those watching the commissioning ceremony we are currently experiencing technical difficulties. We apologize for any inconvenience.

08/22/2020
It is not over yet! With just under a week until submissions are due, we want to highlight our cadets who have stepped o...
08/20/2020

It is not over yet! With just under a week until submissions are due, we want to highlight our cadets who have stepped off for the challenge of rucking 100 miles. These cadets have demonstrated grit, motivation, and elite performance- traits we hope to instill in all our leaders as they develop into future 2LTs. During an uncertain time when factors were out of their control, these cadets had the personal motivation to prepare themselves for the upcoming semester. We look forward to seeing these cadets continue to serve as leaders among their peers and to the safe return for our program next week. Patriots lead the way.

It is not over yet! With just under a week until submissions are due, we want to highlight our cadets who have stepped o...
08/20/2020

It is not over yet! With just under a week until submissions are due, we want to highlight our cadets who have stepped off for the challenge of rucking 100 miles. These cadets have demonstrated grit, motivation, and elite performance- traits we hope to instill in all our leaders as they develop into future 2LTs. During an uncertain time when factors were out of their control, these cadets had the personal motivation to prepare themselves for the upcoming semester. We look forward to seeing these cadets continue to serve as leaders among their peers and to the safe return for our program next week. Patriots lead the way.

08/19/2020
We are proud to recognize Cadet Conor Swan for his dedication to self-improvement over the summer. Cadet Swan completed ...
07/21/2020

We are proud to recognize Cadet Conor Swan for his dedication to self-improvement over the summer. Cadet Swan completed the fastest 12-Mile Ruck achieving a personal best time of 2:09:38. Cadet Swan is also our first cadet to successfully complete the challenge of rucking 100 miles. Cadet Swan has exemplified grit, determination, and self-motivation that will translate well into the leadership competencies evaluated in his coming MSIII year. Congrats Cadet Swan. Patriots Lead the Way.

We look forward to seeing who will join Cadet Swan in accomplishing this rigorous task and will continue to honor the commitment of our cadets and their motivators in our next challenge: Friends & Family! Keep to the challenge Patriots and finish strong!

Entering Week 4 of the 100 Mile Ruck Challenge, we are proud to share the beautiful hometowns of our cadets! Despite the...
07/06/2020

Entering Week 4 of the 100 Mile Ruck Challenge, we are proud to share the beautiful hometowns of our cadets! Despite the distance between us, the Patriot Battalion is united by our dedication to self-improvement. We are happy to see our cadets continuing to power through and challenge themselves over the summer term.

For our next challenge, we look forward to celebrating our cadet with the fastest 12 Mile Ruck Time. Be sure to build up to this challenge and prepare yourself for the task. We look forward to seeing more submissions and more highlighting cadets from the Patriot Battalion. Patriots Lead the Way!

Hello Patriot Battalion! We are excited to welcome our cadets back in the Fall and it is essential that we hit the groun...
06/22/2020

Hello Patriot Battalion!



We are excited to welcome our cadets back in the Fall and it is essential that we hit the ground running. That means it is time to kick off the dust and do what it takes to prepare yourself. The resilience of the Patriot Battalion is what makes our program competitive. To reignite this fire, we welcome you to the 100 Mile Ruck Challenge.


The 100 Mile Ruck Challenge is a Patriot Battalion initiative that challenges cadets to complete 100 miles of rucking over the 12 week summer period. The location of our rucks has changed, but the standards have not. As detailed in the CONOP, to qualify all rucks must: be completed with a 35-pound rucksack, be a movement of at least 4 miles, and have the route recorded on one of the verified platforms. To ensure your miles are properly recorded, follow the outline attached to the Battalion email. Send your scores to CDT Moore & CDT Warsocki to ensure they are properly recorded.


Miles alone are not enough. We want to continue to build our sense of community by learning more about the hometowns of our cadets. The following Challenges are designed to recognize the efforts of our cadets and reward our highest achieving competitors. Snap a pic after your ruck and see yourself on the GMU ROTC Instagram page!


The best way to ensure success is to earn it. Use your time in ways that prepare yourself for success in the Fall. Build yourself up each week and gain strength the right way. Pay attention to external features such as weather and terrain, but also keep track of your body, water intake, and stamina. This is an individual challenge to improve yourself. Do not risk your physical well-being. Prepare now so you can perform in the Fall. Work hard and see your determination translate to success.



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Hello all!Please view the pictures of the commissioning newsletter below to see our new Army Officers!
06/15/2020

Hello all!

Please view the pictures of the commissioning newsletter below to see our new Army Officers!

The Patriot Battalion extends a huge congratulations to the Class of 2020 graduates on commissioning as US Army 2nd Lieu...
06/15/2020

The Patriot Battalion extends a huge congratulations to the Class of 2020 graduates on commissioning as US Army 2nd Lieutenants this past month! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the spring class was not able finish off their last semester in person, nor able to have a traditional graduation and commissioning ceremony. Despite the circumstances, they adapted, prevailed, and continued to excel in their studies and leadership abilities to finish off college with a strong final semester. We wish them all the best in their careers, lives, and families, as they go off and begin their journey in the United States Army!

Please view the pictures following the post to see the Zoom commisisioning ceremony! In addition, read the following post that will contain the GMU ROTC Newsletter about the graduates!

06/08/2020

GMU ROTC is aware of reports regarding one of our cadets' conduct on June 7th. We are looking into the matter and will act according to both Army and George Mason University policies.

HERO WOD (Workout of the Day)Dedicated to U.S. Sgt. Zachary D. Tellier, 31, of Charlotte, NC (USA) a combat infantryman ...
05/01/2020

HERO WOD (Workout of the Day)

Dedicated to U.S. Sgt. Zachary D. Tellier, 31, of Charlotte, NC (USA) a combat infantryman with the 4th Squadron, 73rd Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, at Fort Bragg. He died Sept. 29, 2007, of wounds sustained while on a ground patrol in Afghanistan.

The previous April, Tellier’s unit was conducting a mounted patrol when one of its vehicles drove over and detonated a bomb, which set the vehicle on fire, according to a statement from the 82nd Airborne.

Tellier pulled two paratroopers out of the vehicle to safety, suffering severe burns to his hands. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with valor for his actions.

After he was burned, Tellier jumped up in the turret to return fire, said Sgt. Michael Layton, a member of Tellier’s unit. A lieutenant made Tellier get out of the vehicle because of his injuries, Layton said.

“Zachary Tellier has to be the biggest hero I’ve ever known or heard of, not just because of what he did, but because of his personality,” Layton said. “He came in the Army because he wanted to be around soldiers and serve his country, and he paid the ultimate sacrifice.”

Tellier is survived by his wife, Sara Tellier of Atlanta, Ga.; his father, David W. Tellier of Groton, Mass.; and his mother, Pamela Rodriguez, of Falmouth, Mass.

04/22/2020

Complete this CHIPPER WORKOUT and let us know how you did!

04/12/2020
CSM Challenge

Can't get to the gym? We have a challenge for you! We challenge you to complete this CSM challenge and post your times in the comment section. NO CHEATING! Good luck!!

10 Burpees
20 Flutter kicks (4 count)
30 second 6 inch hold
40 push ups
50 alt jump lunges
60 second front plank
50 air squats
40 diamond push ups
30 mountain climbers (4 count)
20 leg lifts
10 burpees
60 second side plank, left side
10 burpees
20 flutter kicks (4 count)
30 second 6 inch hold
40 push ups
50 alt jump lunges
60 second side plank, right side
50 air squats
40 diamond push ups
30 mountain climbers (4 count)
20 leg lifts
10 burpees
60 second front plank

04/08/2020

How have you been staying fit while indoors? Send us your workout ideas so we can share other ways to stay fit!

‪A handful of cadets traveled to Indiana this weekend to participate in the Norwegian Foot March (18.6 miles) Way to go ...
11/03/2019

‪A handful of cadets traveled to Indiana this weekend to participate in the Norwegian Foot March (18.6 miles) Way to go Patriots! #PatriotsLeadTheWay ‬

Another Halloween PT in the books for the Patriot Battalion. Another intense year of capture the pumpkin 🎃💀👻 #happyhallo...
10/30/2019

Another Halloween PT in the books for the Patriot Battalion. Another intense year of capture the pumpkin 🎃💀👻 #happyhalloween #patriotsleadtheway

This past weekend we conducted our Fall FTX. Complete with landnav, PLT Ops (3s) and squad level STX lanes (1/2s). #Patr...
10/29/2019

This past weekend we conducted our Fall FTX. Complete with landnav, PLT Ops (3s) and squad level STX lanes (1/2s). #PatriotsLeadTheWay

Week 7: Cadets conducted Squad Level lanes during lab and wrapped the week up with a 6 mile ruck.
10/11/2019

Week 7: Cadets conducted Squad Level lanes during lab and wrapped the week up with a 6 mile ruck.

Big thank you to John Wood from 29 Diner for coming out to our PT session Friday morning and presenting us with a genero...
09/21/2019

Big thank you to John Wood from 29 Diner for coming out to our PT session Friday morning and presenting us with a generous donation!

09/13/2019

Today cadets had the opportunity to participate in an ACFT familiarization session at Fort Belvoir.

Lab 3: Today cadets tested their land navigation skills by conducting a practical exercise in the woods. #PatriotsLeadTh...
09/12/2019

Lab 3: Today cadets tested their land navigation skills by conducting a practical exercise in the woods. #PatriotsLeadTheWay

Congratulations to 2LT Tyler Horne on commissioning as an Active Duty Military Police Officer. 2LT Horne will report to ...
09/09/2019

Congratulations to 2LT Tyler Horne on commissioning as an Active Duty Military Police Officer. 2LT Horne will report to Fort Leonard Wood with a follow on assignment to Hawaii. The Patriot Battalion wishes him the best of luck on the challenging endeavors ahead. #PatriotsLeadTheWay

GMU cadets volunteer with John Wood at 29 Diner to help raise money and awareness for suicide prevention. #feedavetsavea...
09/08/2019

GMU cadets volunteer with John Wood at 29 Diner to help raise money and awareness for suicide prevention. #feedavetsaveavet #29Diner

Lab 2: Cadets learn the basics of land navigation in preparation for their practical exercise.
09/05/2019

Lab 2: Cadets learn the basics of land navigation in preparation for their practical exercise.

Lab 1: Today cadets are receiving training on Equal Opportunity, opportunities available within the program, and being i...
08/29/2019

Lab 1: Today cadets are receiving training on Equal Opportunity, opportunities available within the program, and being introduced to their companies. #patriotsleadtheway #gmurotc

Lab 0: Freshmen OrientationCadre members and returning cadets introduce incoming cadets to ROTC and other opportunities ...
08/23/2019

Lab 0: Freshmen Orientation

Cadre members and returning cadets introduce incoming cadets to ROTC and other opportunities within the Patriot Battalion and the ROTC program.

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!

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