The University of Idaho/Washington State University Navy and Marine Corps ROTC program is composed of approximately 100 STA-21 Officer Candidates, MECEP Marines, and Navy and Marine option Midshipman. The diverse backgrounds of our battalion members create an extremely well-rounded and efficient team. Many of our members are enrolled in technical and engineering majors and perform exceptionally well in their classes. In the Spring 2008 semester alone, the unit’s combined GPA soared to a 3.45 due in large part to the number of available study aids. The NROTC’s math and physics tutor comes directly to the unit to help with any level of courses in the math and physics areas, and the battalion study programs provide plenty of opportunity to seek help from others within the unit as well as from other university-sponsored study aids.
Aside from academics, the UI/WSU NROTC provides many other chances to get involved. There are many clubs for specially designated communities within the Navy and Marine Corps such as the Nuclear Club, Aviation Club, Surface Warfare Club, and Semper Fi Club. The clubs foster an atmosphere of esprit de corps within the unit and also provide insights of the communities in which we will serve in the near future.
There are also many Battalion sports teams that compete locally in UI/WSU intramural leagues and annually in the Northwest Navy tournament between UI/WSU, the University of Washington, Oregon State University, and the University of Utah. The sports include flag football, basketball, volleyball, soccer, swimming, rifle/pistol team, and the physical skills team.
Outside of the unit itself, the battalion members regularly take part in community volunteer events and make a very positive impact on both towns. In addition to all of the exciting activities the Unit participates in, there are special events like the Fall and Spring Picnic, the Navy/Marine Corps Birthday Ball, Winter Holiday Party, and the coveted Battalion Golf Championship.
About The Universities:
Nestled in the rolling hills of the Palouse, you will find the University of Idaho and Washington State University. Separated by only eight miles, they straddle the Idaho/Washington border. Our schools work closely together to provide many joint opportunities including cooperative classes, volunteer activities, and the UI/WSU NROTC Unit.
University of Idaho
Founded in 1889, the University of Idaho is the state's land-grant institution and its principal graduate education and research university, bringing insight and innovation to the state, the nation and the world. University researchers attract nearly $100 million in research grants and contracts each year. The University of Idaho is the only institution in the state to be classified by the prestigious Carnegie Foundation as high research activity. The student population of 12,000 includes first-generation college students and ethnically diverse scholars, who select from more than 130 degree options in the colleges of Agricultural and Life Sciences; Art and Architecture; Business and Economics; Education; Engineering; Law; Letters, Arts and Social Sciences; Natural Resources; and Science. The university also is charged with the statewide mission for medical education through the WWAMI program. The university combines the strength of a large university with the intimacy of small learning communities and focuses on helping students succeed and become leaders. It is home to the Vandals, and competes in the Western Athletic Conference. For more information, visit www.uidaho.edu.
Washington State University
Washington State University conducts transformational research and provides a world-class education to more than 26,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Founded in 1890 in Pullman, it is Washington’s original land-grant university. One of the nation’s top public research institutions, WSU stands among 96 U.S. public and private universities with very high research activity, according to The Carnegie Foundation classification. U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks the university among the top 60 public universities. For more information, visit www.wsu.edu.