Fort McCoy News September 26, 2014

Wisconsin midshipmen train at Fort McCoy

Navy News Service

MADISON, Wis. — New Navy and Marine Corps midshipmen from the University of Wisconsin (UW) Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) program participated in freshman orientation at the Army's Total Force Training Center at Fort McCoy recently.

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Midshipmen from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Naval ROTC
program participate in a physical training session at Fort McCoy.

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The 72 midshipmen spent the week learning the basic skills, knowledge and discipline needed to succeed in the four-year commissioning program.

The midshipmen were sworn into service by Capt. Christopher Murdoch, professor of naval science and the commanding officer.

He congratulated each of the new midshipmen for their acceptance into the NROTC program and thanked each one for volunteering to serve the country through service in the Navy and Marine Corps.

"It has been my privilege to watch these very talented and motivated Americans come together as a team during this short time here," said Murdoch. "Training on a military base, participating in the outstanding leadership and physical challenges designed to ensure these young men and women come together in support of a common goal, has been very rewarding for me personally and professionally."

The NROTC program was established 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. The program at UW began in 1945.

A staff of naval science instructors and Marine officer instructors led the Fort McCoy orientation along with several senior midshipmen who volunteered their time to help train and lead the incoming freshmen.

"I was really looking forward to Student Orientation Week to start off my academic career making new friends and jump starting my future military career," said Midshipman Leland Raymond, 18, an incoming freshman at UW-Madison who aspires to be a Marine Corps pilot.

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Midshipmen line up in formation at a Fort McCoy training area during
a visit with a senior leader.

The curriculum for orientation week included physical training, uniform and room inspections, close order drill, classroom academics including Navy and Marine Corps history and a chance to use Fort McCoy's obstacle course, leadership development course, and the Engagement Skills Trainer.

"I have no military officer experience in my Family, so I did not know what to expect," said Midshipman Brenna Johnson, 18, an incoming freshman at UW-Madison who aspires to be a Navy surface warfare officer.

"I never would have thought that I could have changed so quickly for the better. I feel much more disciplined and motivated just after these few long days."

The NROTC midshipmen at the University of Wisconsin are among more than 4,000 students enrolled in the NROTC program at colleges and universities throughout the country.

Rear Adm. Rich Brown, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), headquartered at Naval Station Great Lakes, Ill., oversees 98 percent of initial officer and enlisted accessions training for the Navy, as well as the Navy's Citizenship Development program.

NSTC includes Recruit Training Command, NROTC units at more than 160 colleges and universities, Officer Training Command Newport, and Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps and Navy National Defense Cadet Corps citizenship development programs at more than 600 high schools worldwide.

For more information about NROTC, visit, and for more information about NSTC, visit