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 four universities met at the University of Utah from April 11th to 13th, 2014. The midshipmen of UI/WSU were excited to participate and compete this year and held multiple practices with their respective teams to prepare. University of Idaho and Washington State University took first place in the Combat Fitness Test, Physical Readiness Test, and Basketball as well as placing second and third in many other events. Two UI/WSU midshipmen were also recognized for the highest score in the Combat Fitness and Physical Readiness Tests for the entire competition.
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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.