About Naval ROTC

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Program was established in 1926 to create a broad base of citizens knowledgeable in both the art and science of naval warfare.


The mission of NROTC is to develop future officers 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.

NROTC at Miami University

Miami University's NROTC unit accomplishes this mission by teaching each midshipman:

  1. an understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of Naval Science
  2. a basic understanding of associated professional knowledge
  3. an appreciation of the requirements for national security
  4. a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility
  5. an educational background which will allow students to perform successfully in their careers, pursue continuing education in a field of application, and further their interest in the naval service
  6. a high state of physical readiness

Alumni Spotlight: Leah Vincent

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"I can't speak highly enough of my time in the NROTC program at Miami. The camaraderie with other midshipmen provided the support I needed throughout my college career, and the pride and leadership displayed as a Miami midshipman shaped my love of both the unit and the university."

Miami University has a national reputation for academic excellence. Success at the college level requires a much higher level of study, self-discipline and hard work than most students learned in high school. Though each Midshipman is personally responsible for his/her own academic success, the NROTC unit will assist by providing mentoring, guidance, tutoring, and other assistance to enable each to achieve maximum academic performance.

In short, we will prepare each young American to be able to assume the mantle of leadership of a Navy Ensign or Marine Corps Second Lieutenant. When they are administered the oath of office upon commissioning, they will be ready.

"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God."