To develop future officers morally, mentally, 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.
History of NROTC at PVAMU
History of the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) Program
The Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program was established by an act of Congress on March 4, 1925. To that time, virtually all of the Navy’s officers had been commissioned through the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland.
World War II greatly increased the Navy’s requirement for officers, which even the growing NROTC program could not meet. A wartime program called V-12 was established on college campuses, paralleling the NROTC program to expand the supply of college-educated officers. Many V-12 students, at the end of WWII, transferred into the existing NROTC program.
In August 1946, President Truman authorized the peacetime continuation of NROTC by signing the Holloway Plan. Designed to commission regular officers to supplement those graduating from the Naval Academy, the program now included the option to receive Marine Corps commissions and incorporated Marine Corps instructors at NROTC units.
A Navy Captain or Marine Corps Colonel, assisted by a staff of instructors and administrative personnel, commands the typical NROTC unit today.