Northwest Navy is the annual competition between the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) units at the University of Idaho/Washington State, the University of Utah, the University of Washington, and Oregon State University. It is held every spring and includes a variety of competition categories and teams.
This year, the University of Idaho hosted all four universities on April 10th through 12th, 2015. The UI/WSU midshipmen were ecstatic to compete after rigorous preparation with hard focus, and an emphasis on team and unity. UI/WSU took first place in Regulation Drill, Rifle, Physical Readiness Test, Physical Fitness Test, Endurance Course, and Tug of War. UI/WSU ROTC also won first place in the competition as a whole. The Combat Fitness Test team took second place and the Academics, Basketball, Soccer, Color Guard, and Pistol teams received third place. Three midshipmen were recognized for their individual excellence on their respective teams. Overall, the University of Idaho and Washington State University’s performance was favorable due to their determination, resilience, commitment, and discipline. Each team left with a valuable and enjoyable experience at the University of Idaho, all competing with passion and pride for their unit and shipmates.
Rifle/Pistol is a team of the top rifle and pistol shooters from the unit. Rifle categories shoot for precision in three stances: prone, kneeling, and standing. Pistol competitors shoot in three different categories ranging from rapid fire to slow fire. Rifle/Pistol is one of four teams that practice from early in the fall semester until competition day.
Regulation Drill consists of a team of all freshmen midshipmen, three sophomore midshipmen, and one junior midshipman. The team practices from early fall until the competition, perfecting basic drill and preparing to execute a specific drill sequence. The team also undergoes an inspection.
Color Guard is a drill team that performs a drill sequence and undergoes an inspection. The Color Guard team ranges from four to five members.
Academics Team is a group of five individuals (four active competitors and one substitute) that participate in ‘knowledge bowl’ type activities on topics related to Naval Science courses, current naval events, and amphibious warfare.
Physical Readiness Training (PRT) is a team of males and females that runs a standard PRT. The events include sit-ups, push-ups, and a mile and a half run.
Combat Fitness Test (CFT) is a team of males and females that runs a standard CFT. The events include ammo-can lifts and maneuver under fire drills.
Swim is a team of males and females that compete in a swim meet portion of the competition. The events include both relay and individual races in various strokes.
Soccer/Basketball/Volleyball all play their respective sports in an elimination style tournament.