NROTC 25th Anniversary
Nicholas Allen (E'15)
Carnegie Mellon University's Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program fosters well-trained and superbly educated officers for the U.S. Navy. And some of these future officers receive scholarship funding that make a CMU education attainable.
Join members of CMU's NROTC program during Cèilidh Weekend as they celebrate 25 years of their successful partnership with the U.S. Navy.
Nicholas Allen (E'15) wants to serve on a submarine and study nuclear power. And he is grateful to be one of CMU's 25 annual NROTC scholarship recipients.
"I feel proud to be in the Naval ROTC program at CMU. This scholarship is one of the best things that has ever happened to me," Allen said.
"It's only given to 25 people each year, so I will make the most of the scholarship and work my hardest to make Carnegie Mellon and my country proud."
Allen, who is also on the university's football team, chose CMU because it met the three criteria that he wanted in a college. And he found its location appealing, too.
"Carnegie Mellon is one of the best engineering schools in the world. It has a Division III football program. And it has an Naval ROTC unit," he explained. "Also, Pittsburgh is the perfect city, and Carnegie Mellon just felt right."
Commissioned in Dec. 1987, the CMU Naval ROTC unit is one of 71 units across the nation. Led by a staff of six active-duty U.S. Navy and Marine Corps personnel, the instruction and training that the midshipmen receive is both exceptional and hands-on.
The mission of Naval ROTC is to develop the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty.
The NROTC goal: To commission U.S. Navy and Marine Corps officers who readily assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship and government.
Allen is just one exceptional example of the caliber of student involved in the Naval ROTC program.
The unit's midshipmen are some of the most active and motivated students on campus, holding positions of leadership in many campus organizations including fraternities and sororities, clubs and varsity sports.
The unit competes in nearly every intramural sport offered and sends teams to compete against other ROTC units in drill, sports and track and field.
In celebration of the 25th anniversary, during Cèilidh Weekend the NROTC will participate in the coin toss for the football game and later host a reception with former and current members of CMU's Naval ROTC program. The current commanding officer of the nuclear submarine U.S.S. Pittsburgh will be in attendance this weekend and will also give a talk to the midshipmen on Monday.