ROTC News - 2011

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  • Our MIT ROTC Oversight Committee was proud to host this year’s annual meeting of the Naval ROTC Colleges and Universities on campus on October 27th – 29th. About 50 NROTC members arrived to campus on Thursday, Oct. 27 for a welcome and orientation, visited the Sub Force Museum and Submarine Base in Groton, CT for Navy Day on Friday, Oct. 28 and then attended their Business Day meeting here on Saturday, Oct. 29.

    The NROTC Association is a group of universities/colleges that have NROTC on campus. The Association meets once a year with the Navy administration to discuss policy and get updates. MIT has been a member for many years but this was the first time we have hosted the meeting.

  • Navy ROTC Training on DestroyerNavy ROTC Summer Training is called a “Summer Cruise”, but don’t let the name fool you. The government isn’t sending its future military leaders on a luxury Carnival vacation. There are no hot tubs, late mornings, or water slides. Instead, the military is sending aspiring Naval and Marine Officers to attain valuable military training. This year 26 members of the MIT Old Ironsides Battalion – 16 from MIT, 8 from Harvard, and 2 from Tufts - participated in Summer Cruises.

  • On April 15, cadets and midshipmen from MIT’s ROTC units gathered amid blustering winds to participate in the 2011 Pass in Review ceremony on MIT’s Berry Field. The event served as a ceremonial inspection for all of MIT’s ROTC units and as a celebration of their accomplishments throughout the academic year. With all of the military branches represented, the Pass in Review exemplified the joint cooperation between the Army, Air Force, and Naval ROTC units.

  • Many of the DUE staff may know of or may have seen Air Force ROTC cadets walking around campus in their uniforms on Tuesdays. What you do not see is how hard they have been training mentally and physically. In addition to the countless hours they spend studying, our cadets also put in at least another 5-10 hours a week doing Air Force ROTC classes, labs, and physical training. Recently, our cadets were ranked third in the country based on their physical fitness scores!! But I digress; I would like to take a moment to talk more specifically about MITs five sophomores in our program; Cadet Ben Deardorff, Cadet Chris Gerber, Cadet Tim Joubert, Cadet Jackson Prestwood, and Cadet Scott Skirlo.

    AirForce ROTC Cadets