Southern NROTC to celebrate 234th birthday of the U.S. Navy - Monday, October 12, 2009
University's Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) will celebrate the
United States Navy's 234th birthday on Tuesday, October13. The ceremony
will be held in the Seymour Gym from 6:40 a.m. - 7 a.m.
Southern's NROTC Unit was established at the university in 1971 to provide an
opportunity for mentally, morally, and physically qualified students at
Southern University, Louisiana State University, Southeastern Louisiana
University, and Baton Rouge Community College to compete for commissions in the
United States Navy or Marine Corps. To earn a commission, a midshipman or an
officer candidate must complete all requirements for a bachelor's degree in
accordance with university rules and regulations, must complete the naval
science curriculum and receive a favorable recommendation from the professor of
Members of Southern's NROTC will be in formation and the oldest and youngest
sailors will cut the ceremonial birthday cake.
The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the
Continental Congress established on October 13, 1775 by authorizing the
procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise
in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America.
The Navy Birthday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active
forces and reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents. Since 1972 each Chief
of Naval Operations has encouraged a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion to
enhance a greater appreciation of the Navy heritage, and to provide a positive
influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.