The mission of Tactics Club is to prepare Penn State cadets for the individual skills, knowledge of light infantry tactics, and leadership competencies evaluated at Advanced Camp. Tactics Club provides interactive and practical labs on weapon systems, combat casualty care, radio communications, and squad and platoon level situational training exercises. Tactics Club’s purpose is to produce confident members that will excel at Advanced Camp and lead their peers in the Nittany Lion Battalion.
What We Do
Tactics Club’s training structure is a progression of individual tasks that lead into STX lanes (Situational Training Exercise). The fall semester will consist of hands-on and individualized labs focusing on M4, M249, and M240 weapon familiarization, combat casualty care, ASIP radios, and land navigation. Each lab will be reinforced with manageable standards and assessments that verify competency in the basic soldier tasks. The labs will then focus on the fundamentals of STX lanes at the squad level. The first phase of training will ensure every member is confident with the individual skills and mission components necessary to succeed in larger platoon STX lanes. At the end of the fall semester and for the spring semester, Tactics Club will conduct platoon STX lanes that represent the missions at Advanced Camp. Members will be rotated throughout leadership positions and put in charge of different STX lanes like an attack, ambush, raid, and defense on a weekly basis. Tactics labs are the best way to become confident and experience the most repetitions at running the types of infantry tactics missions evaluated at Advanced Camp.
Lab: Monday 0530/0545 – 0700
Outside of the weekly labs, training opportunities like rappelling, paintball, combat oriented PT, armory workouts, and culminating assessments in the form of a team competition and a one day FTX will be offered as opportunities to reinforce the concepts of the labs and to experience the better aspects of ROTC.
Commander- Graham Bordo (email@example.com)
First Sergeant- Matthew Wilson (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Executive Officer- Patrick Davies (email@example.com)
Training, Advising, and Counseling Officers (TAC’s) – Zach Keyes, Nicole Hipp