The Navy is set to make the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program available to students at Rutgers University for the first time.
With the agreement, students at Rutgers University will be given the opportunity to earn a commission in the United States Navy or Marine Corps, through the NROTC program. This is the first time since 1972 that the NROTC program is made available to college students in New Jersey.
In spring of this year, NROTC unit staff will start arriving at Rutgers, while the first Naval Science classes will begin in the fall semester of 2012.
Secretary Mabus shared: “I am pleased we are bringing professional military education and training to diverse, world-class educational environments like Rutgers… While this is a great opportunity for the Navy, Rutgers faculty, students and surrounding communities will benefit from the unique opportunity to know firsthand the pride, professionalism, and versatility of our Sailors and Marines.”
Rutgers University President Richard L. McCormick, on the other hand, shared: “Rutgers is delighted to start the Naval Science program on the New Brunswick Campus and honored to offer a Naval ROTC experience to New Jersey students… The program will provide outstanding scholarship and career opportunities for those who enroll and prepare selected men and women for commissioned service in the United States Navy or Marine Corps.”