NROTC – History

History

In the summer of 1967, the Office of the Secretary of the Navy formulated plans and initiated correspondence for the establishment of a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Dr. Alvin I. Thomas, President of Prairie View A&M University, submitted an application requesting that the NROTC be established at Prairie View.

On December 15, 1967 the Secretary Of Defense announced that the Navy had selected Prairie View A&M College on OPNAV Notice 5450 dated March 12, 1968 which was the official document that established the NROTC program at Prairie View A&M College, making it the first HBCU to host a Naval ROTC Unit.

Captain Francis X. Brady, of the United States Navy, reported on April 14, 1968 as the first Commanding Officer and Professor of Naval Science.  The first group of 13 Navy and Marine Corps Officers was commissioned on May 17, 1970.

In 1992 the PVAMU NROTC became a member of the Naval ROTC Houston Consortium.  With the establishment of this unit, college students no longer had to leave the Prairie View/Greater Houston area for navy and Marine Corps officer training.  The unequalled technical training, challenges, adventure, ideals, traditions, benefits and opportunities inherent to both Naval Sciences are now available locally to all aspiring and responsible young men and women.

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