The Golden Griffin Battalion Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) develops leadership skills that last a lifetime. Whether your goal is to serve as a commissioned officer in the United States Army, or simply gain valuable, hands-on leadership training that will set you apart from the rest in the civilian job market.

You don’t have to join the Army to take ROTC courses. Because the program is an elective, you can major in any program and take basic courses at the same time without making a military commitment. Many of our students make the military commitment and find rewarding careers serving their country in various capacities all around the world.

Why Study ROTC in College?

  • The Golden Griffin Battalion is one of the top-ranked ROTC programs in the country. Additionally, the program was ranked as one of the top performers in Army Cadet Command’s 273 national units.
  • The U.S. Army Cadet Command and the General McArthur Foundation unit ranked the unit 1st in the eastern United States for medium-sized detachments.

    Upon graduation of the full program, you are commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and make more than $30,000 the first year. You can also serve in the Army, Army Reserves, and the National Guard.

  • ROTC graduates are stationed all over the world and work in areas such as military intelligence, nursing and medical service, signal corps, infantry branches, field artillery, and many others.
  • Our students are scholars who keep their grades up, athletes who are physically strong and leaders who have a great desire to learn.
Newly Commissioned 2nd LTS, May 2015


The Military Science Program is designed to augment the college learning experience; identifying and developing future leaders is the cornerstone of our program, regardless of future military service.

Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) classes are college electives you can take for up to two years without incurring a military obligation.

Our program of instruction includes: leadership development, basic military skills, and adventure training. The program is open to all students regardless of major. Students at Buffalo State who are interested should arrange to meet with the campus ROTC liaison to learn more and complete the necessary cross-registration process.


Want more information about ROTC opportunities at Buffalo State?


MSG B. Alan Payne
Chase Hall 108

Cynthia L. Anthony
Chase Hall 221
(716) 878-3251 or

Battalion Recruiting Officer
Rebecca Sparacino (LTC, Retired)
(716) 888-3239

The ROTC classroom is located in:
Chase Hall B-13






Golden Griffin Army ROTC Battalion

Program Schools

• SUNY Buffalo State
• Canisius College
• Daemen
• D'Youville
• Erie Community College
• Hilbert
• Medaille
• Hilbert
• University at Buffalo

Army ROTC Basic Course

The Army ROTC Basic Course generally takes place during a student’s freshman and sophomore year in college. The first year focuses on development of individual leadership skills and introduces techniques that encourage students to become effective members of a team. Additional emphasis is placed on value and organizational ethics. The second year focuses on motivational techniques, organizational ethics, values and counseling as part of team dynamics within military organizations. In addition, while enrolled in the Basic course, students can gain “hands on” training in land navigation, military tactics (paint ball), rappelling, and physical training!

Cadet Initial Entry Training

Process is changing; update forthcoming.

Army ROTC Advanced Course

Students who enter the ROTC Advanced Course incur a military obligation. All students entering the Advance Course must meet contracting criteria. While this usually occurs at the beginning of the students’ junior year or first year of graduate school, some students will contract during the ROTC Basic Course years or prior to CIET. The Military Science (MS) III year focuses on evaluating and executing adaptive, dynamic team leadership skills in preparation for attendance at the US Army Cadet Summer Training (CST). Cadets learn basic small unit tactics and Soldiering skills to include the military planning and decision-making processes, Operations Orders (OPORD), map reading and land navigation skills. Students are expected to fully participate in physical readiness training (PRT); classroom instruction, leadership labs and Leadership Training Exercises (LTX). Cadets will comply with Army Regulations (AR) 670-1 and AR 600-9 at all times. Cadets are expected to conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner during classroom and field training, as well as during their personal time. Cadets will receive timely and specific feedback on their leadership abilities and potential for service as an Army Officer. As you can see the MS III year is an important year for leadership development. The MS IV year focuses on staff organization and function, the Army’s training management system, counseling methods and leadership. Leadership development continues in this year and Cadets apply the leadership training they have received to date as members of the Cadet Battalion Staff. The MS IV year is the final preparation of the ROTC curriculum. Students who successfully complete the ROTC curriculum and have their degree conferred are sworn in as Second Lieutenants.

Cadet Summer Training

Cadet Summer Training is a 30 day event held at Fort Knox, Kentucky. This training will focus on developing additional critical thinking skills that are required of Second Lieutenants. It is designed to increase the skills learned on the college campus and instill the importance of the “job” a Second Lieutenant holds in the Army organization.

News, Events and Activities


Fall, 2016 -

Welcome, to all of our new cadets, and welcome back to our returning cadets!

Welcome also, to our new PMS, MAJ Gross, who will lead the Golden Griffin Battalion forward.  MAJ Gross came on board in July, and we look forward to meeting him.

MSG Payne was invited to attend the Buffalo United Charter School's First Day of School Celebration, "Celebrating Our Heroes." Local heroes from all branches of service welcomed the students back to school, and enjoyed refreshments.  MSG Payne is the tallest one, top right in the photo!














Our first activity for the fall semester will be a Welcome Back Picnic on Thursday, September 8th, from 12:15-1:30 - under the tent in Perry Quad.  More information will be provided in class.

Buffalo State/Golden Griffin Battalion cadets participated in placing 3000 flags for the 9/11 Remembrance ceremonies at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda.  Cadet Alexia Matos-Mateo (pictured) coordinated our participation.



















Buffalo State's ROTC Color Guard was honored to participate in both the Homecoming Parade and the Silent March.  Pictures here:


Spring, 2016 -

Cadets Matos-Mateo and Bamberg were presented with their Stair Climb trophies by American Lung Association representative Kelli Hanson and Dr. Scott Johnson, Dean of University College.  To see the photos, please visit:

10 cadets successfully completed the ALA Fight for Air Stair Climb on March 12th.  We exceeded our fundraising goal by more than $200, raising a total of $1246 for this worthy cause.  Cadets Matos-Mateo and Bamberg will each receive a trophy for completing the climb in the fastest times for the team.  Other participants included Cadets Falletta, Fleck, Callejas, Garcia Flores, and Hay.
















Spring, 2016 -

Our Buffalo State student/cadets will be participating in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Stair Climb on March 12, 2016.  They will climb the 38 floors, 800 steps, in full combat uniforms with rucks!  To support this worthy cause, and our cadets, please visit

Fall, 2015 -

Prospective student/cadets are invited to attend an introductory event to be held at Camp Pioneer on September 19, 2015.  Come on out and see if you have what it takes to become an army officer, and what benefits ROTC may hold for you.  Transportation will be provided; more information is forthcoming, so please check back.

UPDATE - The Camp Pioneer event was a great success; looks like everyone had a good time!:

Two Buffalo State student/cadets, M. Booker and E. Fleck, are on the team participating in the Army's Ranger Challenge 2015; they are training under the direction of MSG Alan Payne.  We wish that luck and skill meet them on the field and bring the Golden Griffin Battalion a victory!  Check out this YouTube video of their training:

The Golden Griffin Battalion is holding training at Buffalo State this fall; they are using CyberQuad for computer based tactical simulation exercises, and have also done some outdoor simulations as well:

Have you been to a Bengals game?!  ROTC is providing Color Guard, and a cannon!  Adding to the excitement, after every Buffalo State score, the cannon will be fired!  Come on out, and cheer on the Bengals with us!




Information for students about ROTC at Buffalo State


(Reserve Officer Training Corps)
SUNY Buffalo State
(A member of the Golden Griffin Battalion, Canisius College)


  • SUNY Buffalo State participates in the Army’s Reserve Officer Training Corps Program.
  • ROTC at Buffalo State is overseen by the office of Dr. Scott Johnson, Dean, University College, TWIN 100.
  • Students interested in the program should contact Rebecca Sparacino, Recruiting Operations Officer, 716.888.3239 or, for specific program entry/completion requirements.  These may vary by individual.

ROTC is seeking students who are and will commit to being:

  • Academically strong – the average cadet will have a 3.0/3.5 gpa and SAT scores >1200.
  • Physically fit – the average cadet will be involved in sports or fitness activities.
  • Leaders – the average cadet will have proven leadership experience in school or in the community.

Benefits to student/cadets:

  • ROTC courses can be taken as electives with no commitment for up to two years.
  • Time management and leadership skills gained from ROTC coursework benefit all students.
  • Students meeting academic and physical requirements are eligible to apply for full scholarships.
  • Contracted student/cadets receive a monthly Cadet Stipend.

SUNY Buffalo State supports student/cadets in the following ways:

  • Advance registration each semester.
  • May request the option to be housed together.
  • Provided with military honors cords at graduation.
  • Classroom and lounge space with refrigerator, television, computer/printer.
  • Dedicated staff person to assist with advisement, registration, and other academic needs.

Students considering joining ROTC should be aware:

  • ROTC requires a commitment of time and energy.  Cadets are expected to make participation in ROTC activities a first priority (especially at the MS3/4 levels), which may preclude involvement in other extracurricular activities.
  • ROTC activities require participation during the evening and weekends. 
  • Scholarship/contracted cadets leaving the program may be required to repay funds. 
  • Cadets may be terminated from the program for physical inability, criminal/drug related convictions, and/or other infractions.
  • You will need to provide proof of U.S. citizenship, birth certificate, social security card, driver’s license, high school transcript, SAT/ACT scores, transcripts from other colleges attended, and immunization records; other items may also be requested.

Buffalo State  •  1300 Elmwood Ave  •  Twin Rise 100
Buffalo, NY 14222  •  Phone: (716) 878-5906 •  Fax: (716) 878-4037