NROTC Returns to Brown University

Story Number: NNS160916-16Release Date: 9/16/2016 3:01:00 PM
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By Michael Miller, Naval Service Training Command Public Affairs

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (NNS) -- The Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs and the president of Brown University held a ceremony at Sayles Hall on campus Sept. 16, restoring participation in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program at Brown University.

Assistant Secretary of the Navy Franklin R. Parker and Brown University President Christina Paxson were joined by university officials, military service members and local community leaders at the ceremony to formally bring back NROTC to the campus for the first time in more than 40 years.

"Today, I am proud to join Sen. Reed, President Paxson, Brig. Gen. Garland and Capt. Wood as we formally recognize the return of an on-campus Naval ROTC presence here at Brown University," said Parker. "It's an honor to be on this beautiful campus and meet with such a diverse, international and academically renowned group of professors and students."

Parker added, "This is a great partnership for the Navy and Brown University. The Naval ROTC program will enrich the Brown University experience, and the gifted students from Brown's ROTC program will make our military and nation stronger."

The agreement, announced in July 2015, paved the way for the first scholarship students to be assigned for the Fall semester of 2016. Under the agreement, the NROTC program will have a cross-enrollment partnership with the College of Holy Cross in Worcester, Mass. where the NROTC host unit is located.

"Brown students should have every opportunity to serve their country," said Paxson. "It is time for Brown to expand ROTC opportunities for students. This is consistent with everything we do to prepare students to lead consequential lives."

The NROTC program was originally established in 1940 before closing in 1971.

"Bringing NROTC back to Brown will continue the fine tradition of the university supporting the military since the Revolutionary War," said Navy Capt. Mark Edwards, commanding officer of the Holy Cross NROTC unit.

"I could not be prouder of the strengthened ties between Brown University and the Armed Forces," said Paxson. "With these new agreements in place, Brown may once again offer this exceptional option for service, and a unique pathway to character, leadership and lives of consequence."

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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