The Life of a Midshipman


Originally an apprenticeship program, the original midshipmen served for three or four years on a ship before taking the examination to become a Lieutenant. The name derived from the original duty of standing amidships to pass orders from the quarterdeck, at the rear of the ship, to those working on the forward section of the ship. During the 19th Century, schooling became formalized with the establishment of the United States Naval Academy in 1845 with the motto 'Ex Scientia Tridens,’ from knowledge, sea power. In 1926, the first Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps was established at St. John’s College so that the Navy may have the capacity for rapid expansion. Six more units soon followed.
                Marquette University’s naval tradition began in 1940 with the spirit of being ready ‘in serious emergency.’ During World War II, Marquette became an integral part of the active duty establishment training over seven hundred trainees in aviation, deck supply, dentistry, and the medical field. Today Marquette’s University’s NROTC unit trains officers for active duty in the United States Navy.


“I will bear true faith and allegiance…” Accordingly, we will; conduct ourselves in the highest ethical manner in all relationships with peers, superiors, and subordinates; Be honest and truthful in our dealings with each other, and those of junior personal; Encourage new ideas and deliver the bad news, even when it is unpopular. Abide by an uncompromising code of integrity, taking responsibility for our actions and keeping our word; Fulfill or exceed our legal and ethical responsibilities in our public and personal lives twenty four hours a day. Illegal or improper behavior or even the appearance of such behavior will not be tolerated. We are accountable for our profession and personal behavior. We will be mindful of the privilege to serve our fellow Americans.




"I will support and defend..."  Accordingly, we will:  Have the courage to meet the demands of our profession and the mission when it is hazardous, demanding or otherwise difficult; Make decisions in the best interests of the Navy and the nation, without regard to personal consequences; Meet these challenges while adhering to a higher standard of personal conduct and decency; Be loyal to our nation, ensuring the resources entrusted to us are used in an honest, careful and efficient way.  Courage is the value that gives us the moral and mental strength to do what is right, even in the face of personal or professional adversity.




"I will obey the orders..."  Accordingly, we will:  Demand respect up and down the chain of command; Care for the safety, professional, personal and spiritual well-being of our people; Show respect toward all people without regard to race, religion or gender; Treat each individual with human dignity; Be committed to positive change and constant improvement; Exhibit the highest degree of moral character, technical excellence, quality and competence in what we have been trained to do.  The day-to-day duty of every Navy man and woman is to work together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people and ourselves.




Midshipman Oath

I ______________ having been appointed a Midshipmen, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office of which I am about to enter:  So help me God.


Midshipman Vision Statement

A midshipman should grow and develop throughout his/her four years in the NROTC program to develop into the best Navy or Marine Corps Officer possible.  Though the freshman year is marked by questions and uncertainties, the seed for succeeding in the NROTC program and becoming a productive member of the Navy/Marine Corps team is planted and will mature over the following years in the program, leading to a commission upon graduation.

The values of honor, courage and commitment should be adopted by each midshipman and incorporated into every aspect of his/her life.  Midshipmen should not tolerate those who do not hold the same high moral values.  This intolerance of immoral behavior can best be illustrated by the phrase “Not in my Navy/Marine Corps!”

America requires its Naval Officers to be held to a higher standard, with strong moral fiber, and possessing a sharp mind and impeccable integrity.  Your goal as a member of the battalion of midshipmen is to excel academically, develop and maintain a high standard of physical fitness, and mature morally with ethical values above reproach.  Achieving these goals will give you the capability of meeting the high standards our nation requires of us … the military leaders of the United States.










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