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  • Freshmen Knowledge Packet

  • Table of Contents NROTC Mission ...........................................................................................page 1

    NROTC Goals, Honor Code and Code Values .........................................page 2

    Commanding Officer Guidance..................................................................page 3

    NROTC History at The Ohio State University .........................................page 4

    Chain of Command ......................................................................................page 5

    National Chain of Command Photographs ...............................................page 6-7

    Unit and Company Group Staff Defined ...................................................page 8

    Unit Staff Photographs ................................................................................page 9

    Company Structure .....................................................................................page 10

    NROTC PFA and PFT Standards .............................................................page 11-13

    Grooming Standards ...................................................................................pages 14-15

    US Officer Ranks and Insignias..................................................................page 16

    Warrant Officer, USN/ USMC Enlisted Ranks and Insignias .................page 17

    Midshipmen Ranks and Insignias/Uniform ..............................................page 18-23

    Oath of Office/Midshipmen Honor Code ..................................................page 24

    Sailors Creed/Military Code of Conduct .................................................page 25

    Eleven General Orders of a Sentry ............................................................page 26

    Navy Knowledge/US National Ensign ........................................................page 27

    USMC Knowledge/Leadership Traits ........................................................page 28

    Anchors Away/Marines Hymn Lyrics .....................................................page 29

    General Navy Terminology .........................................................................page 30-31

    Notes ..............................................................................................................pages 32

    Campus Map ................................................................................................pages 33-34

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    NROTC Mission

    To develop future officers mentally, morally, and physically, and to instill in them the highest ideals of duty, loyalty, and 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 so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.

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    NROTC Goals, Honor Code, and Core Values Goals. The primary objectives are to provide students with: a. An understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of Naval Science. b. A basic understanding of associated professional knowledge. c. An appreciation of the requirements for national security. d. A strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility. e. An educational background which will allow students to perform successfully in their careers, pursue continuing education in a field of application, and further their interest in the Naval Service. f. A high state of physical readiness. Honor Code. Military systems, which often operate under extreme duress, are built on a foundation of absolute trust and fidelity. NROTC must instill honor upon future officers during accession training and ensure that honor is carried into fleet service. A future officer does not lie, cheat or steal. Core Values. Throughout its history, the Naval Service has successfully operated through reliance on certain values held by its personnel. Naval leaders have attributed these values to be among the most important factors that contributed to the success of our organization and to their own personal success. Core values are Honor, Courage and Commitment. A Naval officer must exhibit these values in the everyday practice of his or her profession.

    Honor Honor is a keen sense of ethical conduct, honesty, integrity, and responsibility. Honor includes honesty, at all times no matter the outcome. It is respect to both juniors and seniors. Finally, it includes upholding ones self at all times to the highest personal standards in responsibility and accountability.

    Courage Future officers must meet the demands of the Naval Service and the mission when it is hazardous, demanding or otherwise difficult, make decisions in the best interest of the Naval Service and the nation, without regard to personal consequences, meet all challenges while adhering to a higher 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, and have the moral and mental strength to do what is right, even in the face of personal or professional adversity.

    Commitment Every officer is responsible for the safety, professional, personal, and spiritual well-being of their personnel. Future officers must show respect toward all people without regard to race, religion or gender and treat each individual with human dignity. They must be committed to positive change and constant improvement, exhibit the highest degree of moral character, technical excellence, quality, and competence in what we have been trained to do, and work together as a team to improve the quality of our work, our people, and ourselves.

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    2014-2015 Commanding Officer Guidance to The Ohio State University Naval ROTC Company

    You are here to earn a commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy or as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps. Earning a commission will require your focus in three areas. Academically, you must earn a bachelors degree, complete NROTC-specified courses taught by the university, and complete the proscribed Naval Science courses taught by our Naval Science instructors. You must meet, but preferably exceed, established physical fitness standards. Finally, you must demonstrate an aptitude for commissioned service. Academic and physical fitness standards are objective. Although aptitude is more subjective, you will receive written feedback and an aptitude score each semester. The following guidance is not all encompassing but is intended to provide direction as you begin or continue your journey toward a commission. Core Values and Honor Code. You are expected to know and uphold these standards. Mistakes. Recognize and admit mistakes; learn from mistakes and move forward; work not to repeat mistakes. Degree Completion Plan (DCP). A DCP ensures all academic requirements are met. University and NROTC advisors will assist you but I expect you to develop, own, and execute your plan. Academics. College courses are not easy for most. Hard work and persistence is required to earn good grades. Dont be embarrassed or ashamed to seek help. Many resources are available. Leadership. Become a trusted follower, a dependable peer, and then seize every opportunity you are given to lead! Respect Everyone. Treat all people with dignity and respect. Hazing, discrimination, and harassment have no place in the Navy and Marine Corps. Reputation. You own your integrity. It cannot be taken from you but you can give it up. All will assume you are honest unless you demonstrate otherwise. If you are dishonest in even a single matter, it will take a long time, if ever, to regain the trust of your classmates and the unit staff. Alcohol. If you are of age and drink, do so responsibly. Never drink and drive. Alcohol may be a casual factor in misbehavior or even misconduct but it is not an excuse. Drugs. We have zero tolerance for illegal drug use. If illegal drugs are present, you shouldnt be there! If illegal drugs show up, depart immediately! You will be subject to random drug tests and if I determine that you are using drugs illegally, I will recommend that you be disenrolled from the NROTC program. Safety. Use Operational Risk Management (ORM) in all activities. Always ask the question What can go wrong? then apply ORM steps to eliminate or mitigate risks. Unit Staff Interaction. Your class advisor will schedule two formal meetings per semester with you to discuss your progress. However, I expect you to keep the staff informed of any issues or challenges you may have. Issues can range from academic, to financial, to emotional, etc. If we cannot help with a specific problem, we can normally find someone who can. If you do not think that you are getting sufficient help at a certain level go to the next person in the chain of command. No issue is too small if it affects your academic or military performance. Excellence begins with ATTITUDE! Strive to be a humble yet competent, confident professional in all endeavors.

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    Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps History at The Ohio State University

    A Brief Progression from the Past to the Future In March of 1945, The Ohio State University submitted an application for the establishment of a

    unit of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps. On 06 September 1945, Howard L. Bevis,

    President of The Ohio State University, announced the late September arrival of 200 active duty,

    wartime, enlisted sailors, all of whom had completed high school, and were selected by the Navy

    to