The NROTC Program was established to develop midshipmen mentally, morally and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, and loyalty, and with the core values of honor, courage and commitment in order to commission college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.
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 59 NROTC units/consortiums hosted at 71 schools throughout the United States. The NROTC Program is available at over 150 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.
On 8 November, 2016, the Commanding Officer of the University of South Florida (USF) Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program, Captain Ipock, and the student Battalion Commander, 1/C Midshipmen Vrountas, accepted a very generous donation from USF's distinguished professor, Dr. Dean Martin. The money will be used to start a NROTC Foundation through the University. This NROTC Foundation will allow for alumni or other interested individuals to donate funds to the USF NROTC program and receive tax benefits for their donation. The donations will be used to further benefit the Midshipmen of the NROTC program through the purchasing of needed equipment, sponsoring travels to leadership training opportunities, and other travels to leadership/event competitions. If you are interested in donating, please contact the USF NROTC main office at (813)-974-4789.
The foundation was created with a multitude of missions in mind. While the foundation is still relatively young, it was designed to positively impact Naval ROTC midshipmen in the Buccaneer Battalion in numerous ways. Some ways which the foundation will support midshipmen are:
- Financially support midshipmen with an annual scholarship
- Enhance training for midshipmen at drill meets and competitions
- Help to fund training on military etiquette and customs/courtesies of the Navy and Marine Corps
The foundation was designed to support student enrichment through many different outlets. We are excited about the future success that this foundation will bring our battalion and we thank you for your support and donations!