The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Program was established in 1926 to provide a broad base of citizens knowledgeable in the arts and sciences of Naval Warfare. The program provided an opportunity for young men to undertake careers in the naval profession. In the beginning, there were six NROTC units located at the University of California at Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology, Northwestern University, University of Washington, and Harvard and Yale Universities. In June of 1930, 126 midshipmen graduated from college, and received commissions in the United States Navy. At least 3 of the graduates went on to obtain flag rank.
The Marine Corps entered the NROTC Program in 1932, offering qualified NROTC graduates commissions in the United States Marine Corps. In 1968, Prairie View A&M became the first Historically Black College (HBC) to host the program. In 1972, the Secretary of the Navy authorized 16 women to enroll in the program and attend school at one of four colleges. Women may now participate in the program while attending any NROTC affiliated college or university. In 1990, the NROTC Scholarship Program was expanded to include applicants pursuing a four-year degree in Nursing, leading to a commission in the Navy Nurse Corps.
The mission of the NROTC Program today… is to develop young men and women morally, mentally, and physically, and to instill in them the highest ideals of honor, courage, and commitment. The program educates and trains young men and women for leadership positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps. Currently there are 61 NROTC units/consortiums hosted at 75 schools throughout the United States. The NROTC Program is available at over 160 colleges and universities that either host NROTC units or have cross-town enrollment agreements with a host university. Selected applicants for the program are awarded scholarships through a highly competitive national selection process, and receive full tuition and other financial benefits at many of the country’s leading colleges and universities.
The United States Navy Core Values
“I will bear true faith and allegiance …”
Accordingly, we will: Conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner in all relationships with peers, superiors and subordinates; Be honest and truthful in our dealings with each other, and with those outside the Navy; Be willing to make honest recommendations and accept those of junior personnel; Encourage new ideas and deliver the bad news, even when it is unpopular; Abide by an uncompromising code of integrity, taking responsibility for our actions and keeping our word; Fulfill or exceed our legal and ethical responsibilities in our public and personal lives twenty-four hours a day. Illegal or improper behavior or even the appearance of such behavior will not be tolerated. We are accountable for our professional and personal behavior. We will be mindful of the privilege to serve our fellow Americans.
“I will support and defend …”
- Courage to meet the demands of our profession and the mission when it is hazardous, demanding, or otherwise difficult.
- Make decisions in the best interest of the navy and the nation, without regard to personal consequences.
- Meet these challenges while adhering to a higher standard of personal conduct and decency.
- Be loyal to our nation, ensuring the resources entrusted to us are used in an honest, careful, and efficient way.
Courage is the value that gives us the moral and mental strength to do what is right, even in the face of personal or professional adversity.
“The day-to-day duty of every man and woman in the Department of the Navy is to join together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves.”
- Demand respect up and down the chain of command.
- Care for the safety, professional, personal and spiritual well-being of our people.
- Show respect toward all people without regard to race, religion, or gender.
- Treat each individual with human dignity.
- Be committed to positive change and constant improvement.
- Exhibit the highest degree of moral character, technical excellence, quality and competence in what we have been trained to do.
The day-to-day duty of every Navy man and woman is to work together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves.