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Navy ROTC Comes to Regent for Pass-In-Review

By Amanda Morad | April 19, 2013

The Navy Reserve Office Training Corps.

It was a sight never before seen on the Regent University campus. Future U.S. Navy officers in their summer whites marched across Robertson Field before their superiors and several hundred guests at the close of their year as Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) students on Saturday, April 13.

The Pass-In-Review gives NROTC graduates the opportunity to display their drill expertise before Navy leadership. An impressive show of skill and precision, midshipmen are evaluated on their execution of moves and their attention to detail.

"It was exciting and most impressive observing the midshipmen execute the Pass-in-Review," said Admiral Vern Clark, U.S. Navy (Ret.), who accepted the Navy's welcome to the Hampton Roads NROTC Consortium on Regent's behalf at an awards ceremony following the review. "The parade field at Regent never looked better!"

As the newest member of the Hampton Roads NROTC Consortium, Regent was asked to host the momentous event, welcoming students, parents and military members from across the region to campus for the first time. The Consortium is headquartered at Old Dominion University (ODU) in Norfolk, Va., with Norfolk State University, Hampton University, and Tidewater Community College participating in varying degrees. Regent was added this year as a cross-town affiliate school.

This arrangement allows Regent students with their sights set on the Navy to still enroll in the degree program of their choice and also commit to classes and training at ODU or Norfolk State to fulfill NROTC requirements. Regent's first round of NROTC students will begin their programs in the fall.

"I honestly have wanted to follow in my father's footsteps as a United States Marine since I was eight years old," said Joshua Duran, a freshman in the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS) ready to begin the NROTC program. "I hope that the NROTC program helps me to become an example for others, not an idol of any kind, but an example of what Christian leaders can accomplish in life with the aid of God. I also hope that by participating in the NROTC program under the Marine option I can become a Marine Corps officer."

Duran will be joined by fellow CAS students Thomas Palmer and Spencer Lopes for Regent's inaugural year with the NROTC program.

"We are very excited to have Regent University as the newest member of the Hampton Roads Consortium," said Commander Geoffrey C. Mones, executive officer and associate professor of Naval Science at ODU. "We are confident that we will have well-rounded and sound students joining our ranks of Midshipmen and Marines in the 2013 fall semester."

Regent's director of Military & Veterans Affairs, Dave Boisselle, said those "well-rounded" students at the university interested in military service are what he's most proud of. "We've been sending really great Army cadets out of Regent for years," he said. "They always praise their high moral character, leadership and maturity that our graduates embody."

Now, Regent will have the opportunity to send high caliber graduates into multiple branches of service. This year's Pass-In-Review and awards ceremony were the first of what the Consortium hopes will be many events held at Regent.

"Attending the pass-in-review was a very motivating experience as I saw many young men and young women receiving awards," Duran reflected. "They push themselves on a daily basis to become stronger, selfless individuals, and so will I."

Learn more about Regent's Office of Military & Veterans Affairs.


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