The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps Unit was established at the University of San Diego and San Diego State University in the summer 1982. Subsequently, cross-town enrollment agreements with Point Loma Nazarene University, Cal State University San Marcos, and the University of California, San Diego, were included to permit NROTC students to attend these universities. In 25 years, the battalion has grown from an initial cadre of 28 to its current strength of 220 midshipmen, active duty Marines, and Navy Officer Candidates. The Unit Staff is composed of nine commissioned officers, four enlisted personnel, and four administrative assistants.
The mission of the NROTC Unit is to develop battalion members morally, mentally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty, honor and loyalty, in order to commission college graduates as naval officers who possess a basic professional background and have potential for future development in mind and character to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government. Battalion members complete courses in Weapons Systems, History of Sea Power, Navigation, Leadership and Management, and for future Marine Corps Officers, the Evolution of Warfare and Amphibious Operations.
NROTC student life at USD/SDSU has many aspects in addition to academics and professional training. Field trips to local Navy and Marine Corps facilities, physical fitness programs, warfare clubs, Drill Team, Color Guard, intramural athletics, picnics, and formal events all promote spirit de corps and motivation that further broaden the scope of undergraduate life.