NROTC at Rochester: 75 Years of Service

[Capt. Nathan York] The University here has had a really long history producing officers to be commissioned in the Navy and the Marine Corps. [Instructor] “Buddy group number five!” [Capt. York] I think it’s probably one of the top ROTC units in the nation. The students that come here are really good quality and our goal
here is to make sure that they’re prepared to go once we hit the fleet. [Instructor] “Get her off balance, okay? And then drive her backwards.” [Katarina Vogel] My dad was a chief warrant officer in the Navy. That was kind of what drew me to the military originally. [Instructor] “There you go, Vogel. Seat your weight.” [Vogel] I really want to go to college but I really wanted to be in the military as well and I distinctly remember my father telling me that I
could do both through ROTC. So from that moment on every bad decision I
didn’t make, every good decision I did make, all the extra classes, was to get
myself here. [Joseph Ginnane] I first realized that I wanted to join the Navy when I was eleven
and my family took a trip to San Diego to visit my uncle who was stationed
aboard the USS Carl Vinson. That was the day I decided what I want to do with
my life. [Kaleigh Davis] I’m incredibly proud to be a part of the legacy here. ROTC has been
here for 75 years. We’re all shaped to be the best officer both in the Navy or
Marine Corps and we’re here to save lives and we’re here to actually have a
purpose with our life and it’s incredibly humbling. [Professor] “As a young ensign,
you’re going to be standing at TAO watch.” [Capt. York] Every NROTC student takes on an
additional burden when it comes to academics. I mean there’s an extra
probably 10 to 14 hours a week extra duties that they have on top of their
normal academic load. But what that’s spent on is is developing leadership skills. [Professor] That’s where your procedures and professionalism come in. [Capt. York] The way we have it set up here is a lot of our
classes and a lot of our unit time is set before the normal university
schedule so students are up early. [Vogel] If you’re a Marine option or if you want
to get a little bit of extra training in, your day on Friday can start as early as 5:00
is typically when we start. Depending on if you do extracurriculars at school
your day can end when classes end which could be as late as 9:00 or it could go even later. [Davis] I know a bunch of people say, I don’t know how you do it
doing a sports team doing ROTC and being a STEM major, but I just think
that’s the reason why the Navy put us here because it’s a challenging
university. So we get officers that obviously can excel in the classroom.
[Vogel] To be successful in ROTC and as an officer you do have to be more
physically fit than most of your peers here at the University, but it’s
something that you grow into and something that you work towards. [Instructor] “Don’t get caught in his guard, Cogswell.” [Ginnane] It’s all for a bigger purpose. So we push ourselves now here at NROTC and when the day comes that we have to execute a mission that
requires physical stamina or physical training, we have that already down. [Vogel] After I
graduate, the same day we will be commissioning. So we’ll go to graduation
in the morning. That night we’ll go to commissioning and we’ll be officers in
the Navy and Marine Corps. [Capt. York] Anytime you you have a young person stand up and take the oath of office to support and defend the Constitution of the United
States, it’s an awe-inspiring oath. [Davis] There are so
many people that have come before me and done this and have done amazing things
with their life and I’m extremely humbled and honored to be able to follow their
tracks. [Ginnane] Every decision that I’ve ever made
has always been what’s going to get me back aboard any ship to allow myself to
continue that mission and to also serve this country.

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