NROTC To Return to Columbia University

Story Number: NNS110422-22Release Date: 4/22/2011 5:23:00 PM
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From Secretary of the Navy Public Affairs

NEW YORK (NNS) -- The Navy and Columbia University announced April 22 that they will partner to bring the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program back to Columbia University for the first time in 40 years.

Under the new agreement between the Navy and Columbia, NROTC active duty Navy and Marine Corps officers will meet with Columbia NROTC midshipmen on the Columbia campus, returning an NROTC presence to Columbia where an NROTC unit was originally established in 1945 and disestablished in 1971. This new agreement will enhance the mentoring and development of Columbia NROTC midshipmen and provide an opportunity for the Columbia community to learn more about the Navy and Marine Corps.

"Columbia University and the Department of the Navy have a long and rich history together," said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus. "The formal recognition of Naval ROTC by Columbia marks a renewal of that storied relationship."

"In recent years Columbia has proudly welcomed hundreds of talented veterans as undergraduate, graduate and professional students," Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger said. "Some continue to serve in the Reserves; others are now ROTC members. They have greatly enriched the diversity of life experience and perspectives that make a university a place of intellectual discovery and their example gives me confidence that our campus can be a forum for further enhancing the relationship between our military and civil society."

Columbia's Navy and Marine Corps-option midshipmen will participate in NROTC through the NROTC unit hosted at the SUNY Maritime College in Throgs Neck, Queens. They will join Columbia's Army and Air Force ROTC members who will continue to train, as they do currently, with other New York area students at consortium units at Fordham University and Manhattan College.

"Columbia's tremendous support to our men and women in uniform returning from the recent wars is overwhelming, as are the growing numbers of veterans who are woven into the fabric of this great institution," said Mabus. "The return of Naval ROTC to campus will only serve to enhance and strengthen our institutions and continue to contribute to the success of this great country."

The NROTC program develops young men and women morally, mentally, and physically, and instills 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.

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