On Saturday, December 22, 2010, in a ceremony held at the USS MIDWAY Museum in San Diego, 22 members of the San Diego Area ROTC became commissioned officers in their respective services of the United States Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force. The Ensigns and 2nd Lieutenants have been officer candidates, Marines Corps Commissioning Candidates, or midshipmen for as many as five years, acquiring degrees from San Diego-area schools: University of San Diego, San Diego State University, University of California San Diego, California State University San Marcos and Point Loma Nazarene University.
Many of them have accepted the commission as fleet returnees, having served for much of their naval career as enlisted personnel in their respective service.
Rear Admiral Jeffery ‘Scott’ Jones, Special Assistant to the Commander Naval Surface Forces, was the guest speaker at this occasion. This moment was a culmination of several years of hard work no matter whether an individual came into the program as a civilian looking to serve their country for the first time, or a prior enlisted looking to continue serving in a different application. Family, friends and peers have also supported these individuals throughout their time of schooling and have been an invaluable resource of encouragement and steadfastness. Congratulations to all of these individuals and fair winds and following seas to them in the Fleet wherever they may go.
The San Diego Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) Unit was established at the University of San Diego (USD) and San Diego State University (SDSU) in 1982. Since then, cross-town enrollment agreements with Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU), Cal State University San Marcos (CSUSM), and the University of California San Diego (UCSD) were also established. The mission of NROTC San Diego is to develop Battalion members morally, mentally and physically while imbuing them with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty.