Mission Accomplished: MIT NROTC Freshmen Complete Orientation Week

Published in MIT News on September 26, 2014, by ENS Tyler Mehrman ’14, MIT NROTC

Prior to attending MIT Freshman Orientation, incoming students of the MIT Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program completed a week of ROTC orientation in Newport, RI, introducing the students to the program and preparing them for their next four years of training. Comprised of MIT, Harvard, and Tufts students, the MIT NROTC Unit is part of a larger consortium with Boston University, Boston College, and Northeastern University. Orientation was conducted at Naval Station Newport, which has training facilities that are not available on campus and allows students from all six consortium schools to come together in one location.

NROTC orientation trainingThe 41 freshmen became familiar with Navy and Marine Corps traditions and learned skills they will need to succeed in NROTC, such as uniform preparation, military customs and courtesies, Navy and Marine Corps rank structure, time management, and study skills. The freshmen also received drill instruction, culminating in a competition at the end of orientation. “The change in the freshmen was incredible,” said Orientation Commanding Officer Midshipman Bridget McCoy, an MIT senior...

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