On Friday May 13, 2016, the University of Idaho/Washington State University NROTC Unit held a joint commissioning ceremony with the University of Idaho Army ROTC Unit and the Washington State University/University of Idaho Air Force ROTC Unit. In total, 30 officers were commissioned; 8 Navy, 4 Marines, 5 Army, and 13 Air Force. Our four Marine 2nd Lieutenants will go to Marine Corps Base Quantico, VA to attend The Basic School. Three of our Navy Ensigns will be attending Flight School, three Ensigns will be reporting to Surface Ships, one Ensign will attend Nuclear Submarine School, and one Ensign will attend Dive School.
On Friday December 11, 2015, the University of Idaho and Washington State University NROTC Unit held a joint commissioning ceremony with the University of Idaho's Army ROTC Unit and commissioned five new officer, three Navy and two Army. Two of our new Ensigns are attending Flight Training and the third is attending Dive School.
The Navy ROTC Battalion is a proud annual supporter of the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots program. The Toys for Tots foundation is dedicated to collecting and distributing Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community. Their goal is to bring a message of hope and help children everywhere experience the joy of Christmas. NROTC provides active administrative support for the Moscow/Pullman community during November and December. University fraternities help our Unit collect, sort, and prepare gifts for distribution. In 2015, more than one hundred twenty local children received gifts through the program.
Every Veterans Day there are several events around the local community in which the Battalion participated to honor our veterans and all of their sacrifices. These events included a wreath laying ceremony at the University of Idaho's Memorial gym, a ceremony at Washington State University, UI's annual Veterans Day Dinner, and a football game in Deary, ID. At the game, the UI/WSU NROTC Color Guard had the honor of taking part in a joint color guard with the Army and Air Force ROTC Units.
Every year, the NROTC Battalion marches in the Vandal Homecoming Parade. This year, the Battalion Commander and Executive Officer served as Grand Marshall's of the parade. Four members of the Unit served as part of the Joint Color Guard, which led the parade down Main Street through downtown Moscow.
Every year, the Naval and Army ROTC Units face off in a competition of athletic skill and performance in the form of a flag football game. Much like the game played between the Academies, there is a fierce rivalry between the Units. This year, as reigning champions, there was incentive to keep our title as Army-Navy football champions this year!
The annual POW/MIA Day ceremony was held this year on September 14th, 2013. The University of Idaho Navy, Army, and Air Force ROTC Units host the annual POW/MIA ceremony. A joint ROTC force provided Color Guard for the event. Each year, POW/MIA Day honors those still missing from our Nation’s past wars and conflicts as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice and whose remains have not yet been recovered and returned home.
This fall, the NROTC Battalion welcomed the new Class of 2019 during an action-packed week full of orientation activities. From August 17-21, our 4/C midshipmen went through freshman indoctrination with the NROTC Unit. During orientation, new midshipmen were introduced to basic military customs and courtesies, Battalion physical training, close order drill, how to succeed academically, and familiarization with the Unit and training. Throughout the week, midshipmen were integrated into the Battalion and campus life. Events during orientation included the physical readiness test, swim qualifications and many hours of drill practice. The week came to a close with the entire Battalion observing the 4/C midshipmen being sworn in by the Commanding Officer. Afterwards, everyone came together at the Battalion barbecue where new members to the UI/WSU NROTC Battalion met and mingled in a relaxed environment.