Arriving a week before most other students at Arizona State, over sixty prospective Navy and Marine Corps midshipmen were introduced to college and military life during four intense days of physical fitness training, personal and professional development classes and swim and drill instruction.
Each morning started at 5:30 with fitness training periods including a Wednesday morning run to the top of “A mountain” and a Small Unit Team Building Exercise at Papago Park on Thursday. At Papago, the new students conducted simulated missions, resupplying a forward operating base, rescuing a downed aviator and evacuating a fellow squad member; all while navigating a 3.5 mile course through the park. The final day found the six squads of 10 competing in a field meet at Sun Angel Stadium, elements of which included a bull-dozer tire flipping race, an 80-yard relay while carrying two 30 pound ammo cans and tug-of-war against the upper class staff. Captain Dave Price, the commanding officer, noted, “The students came together as squads and platoons in excellent fashion, really demonstrating great camaraderie and esprit de corps throughout the course and at our final PT event Friday morning; a field meet that included numerous squad relays. The only thing higher than the Sonoran Desert temps all week were the morale and motivation of our newest Sea Devils.”
17 hours of classroom instruction were provided by upper class midshipmen, including some who will commission as Navy ensigns or Marine second lieutenants this academic year. Academic success, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR), time and stress management, uniform wear and Navy/Marine Corps basics were all covered in order to give the new students a solid foundation as they begin college and NROTC. The University Police Department, Hayden Library and Student Services also gave presentations on their respective departments and services offered. All new students also received three hours each of swimming and drill instruction in preparation for future NROTC requirements.
On Friday, with proud family members and friends looking on, the new students were officially sworn in as midshipmen and inducted into the Sea Devil Battalion by the commanding officer. The week concluded with a BBQ at the Social Sciences building where the new students helped reprove how much college kids can eat. MIDN 4/C Jonathon Richmond had this to say about his experience, "FNSO was truly an eye opening event for me. I was able to gain further knowledge for the Navy's fitness standards, academic standards, as well as create relationships with people that will last a lifetime. I had a blast and have taken a lot from my past week at FNSO."
Visit our web site and check out the "combat camera" at http://nrotc.asu.edu. With just over 150 midshipmen, the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps at ASU is now one of the largest in the country.