To develop midshipmen mentally, morally, and physically, and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty and loyalty, and with the core values of honor, courage and commitment in order to commission college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the naval service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character in order to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.


The primary objectives of the NROTC Program are to provide students with:

  • An understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of naval science.
  • A basic understanding of associated professional knowledge.
  • An appreciation of the requirements for national security.
  • A strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility.
  • An educational background that will allow the NROTC students to succeed in later periods of their careers.
  • Advanced training and continuing education in a field of application and interest to the naval service.
  • A high state of physical fitness for the purposes of health and performance.


Further information taken from the Marine Corps History Division web site

Extracted and revised from: Captain William D. Parker, USMCR, A Concise History of the United States Marine Corps, 1775-1969 (Washington: Historical Division, U.S. Marine Corps, 1970) pp. 3-5.

The Marine Officer Instructor and the NROTC Wardroom (Marine House) are located less than 25 yards from the bulwarks of the old British Garrison at Fort George.

Castine Marines – Since 1779!



Early in 1779, the British government ordered a portion of the Nova Scotia Garrison South to seize a protected anchorage in what is now Maine from which the Royal Navy could effectively protect and supply convoys. Arriving at Penobscot Bay in June, the British expedition hastily established a base on Bagaduce Peninsula and garrisoned it with 600 troops. Alarmed, the Massachusetts government organized a force composed of Continental warships, state navy vessels, privateers, and 21 transports to carry more than 1,000 militiamen. Among the expeditionary troops were three companies of Continental Marines, numbering approximately 300 men. Under the direction of Continental Navy Captain Dudley Saltonstall and Brigadier General Solomon Lovell, the Americans cautiously besieged the British position.

On July 26, Continental and Massachusetts State Marines stormed Banks Island, on which the British had emplaced several cannon. The outnumbered British Marines withdrew. Two days later, the Americans launched their main effort against the British position on Bagaduce. In the forefront of the assault were Continental Marines who gained the heights and drove back the defenders, but at a loss of two of their ranking officers, Captain John Welsh and Lieutenant William Hamilton. Saltonstall’s hesitation in engaging the British ships allowed the enemy to reorganize and continue their resistance. The fort was besieged but never taken.

After two weeks of skirmishes, abortive attacks, and command feuds, the American fleet was forced by the appearance of a large British relief squadron to retire up the Penobscot River. Near the fall line, the Americans burned their ships and retreated southward through the Maine wilderness to Boston. The expedition had failed; Massachusetts had lost its entire fleet and was on the brink of financial ruin.



Honor and the Code

Never before has the individual character of the American Sailor and Marine weighed so heavily on the calculus of potential conflict. For all the intrinsic excellence of our technology, experience demonstrates that its successful employment in battle continues to depend upon the integrity, courage, commitment, and professional excellence of those called upon to bring it to bear in defense of freedom. With ruthless efficiency and finality, the awesome violence of modern warfare distinguishes forces filled with these attributes from those rendered hollow by their absence. Unlike previous conflicts in our history, technology no longer permits us the luxury of awaiting the first battle to determine whether our forces are ready. The pace of conflict will afford us little, if any, chance to profit from our mistakes.

Military systems, which often operate under extreme duress, are built on a foundation of absolute trust and fidelity. Midshipmen do not learn this when they get to the fleet; they take it with them to the fleet.



Navy Core Values


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 with those outside the Navy; Be willing to make honest  recommendations and accept those of junior personnel; 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 responsibility 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 professional and personal    behavior. We will be mindful of the privilege to serve our fellow Americans.


I will support and defend…

Accordingly, we will have courage to meet the demands of our profession and the mission when it is hazardous, demanding, or otherwise difficult; Make decisions in the best interest of the navy and the nation, without regard to personal consequences; Meet these challenges while adhering to the highest 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 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 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.

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