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The NROTC mission is to develop future officers mentally, morally, and physically and to imbue them with the highest ideals of duty and loyalty. To instill future officers with the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment. 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.

In his letter of 20 May 1941, Secretary of the Navy, Frank Knox, notified the University Of New Mexico President, J. F. Zimmerman, that the University had “…been selected as the location of one of the new Units of the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps to be established this summer.” In September 1941, ninety-three prospective officers enrolled as Midshipmen in the NROTC Program at the University of New Mexico. Today, the NROTC Program at the University of New Mexico offers the prospective officer candidate the best of two worlds: the education and growth experience of University life and the training for a challenging and rewarding career upon graduation.

  • Provide academic advisement, physical training, and leadership guidance to all students assigned in the program. This is accomplished through various counseling sessions, intramural participation, and courses of study in Leadership and Management (NVSC 401) and Principles of Naval Leadership (NVSC 407).


The UNM NROTC Unit has experienced great success in ensuring participants in our program successfully complete their degree requirements. We also have some wonderful tools specific to our Unit which helps up ensure we have a wide and diverse pool of students. The Navy recognizes the University of New Mexico as an institution of High Hispanic Enrichment and as such we are afforded the opportunity to extend scholarships to students who otherwise may not be generally competitive on the “national” level. This scholarship program the MSISR (Minority Serving Institute Scholarship Reservation) has been used by our Unit with great success.

Due to the challenging nature of our program we typically experience the bulk of our attrition from our freshman and sophomore classes. Students who chose to leave our program typically do so because of physical issues, some due to academic concerns, and most due to deciding the NROTC program and its requisite service obligation are not for them. Once our students complete their sophomore year, we have a 95% graduation and commission rate. Typically by their junior year our students are either on a scholarship or receiving some other fiscal benefits to continue in the program.

Student Leadership Dev. & Career Readiness

All of the NROTC students who complete our program will receive a commission in the United States Navy or the United State Marine Corps. Our program is specifically designed to challenge the students physically, mentally, and morally. Our expectation is that they will constantly better themselves in preparation for their military service. We help better our students by giving them an appreciation of the requirements for national security, a strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility. We also lay a strong foundation by giving our students a comprehensive education in military subjects which will enable them to perform successfully in their careers. Additionally, we stress the importance of continuing education in a field of application beyond their undergraduate years. Through our program we expose our students to the rigors of the naval service. Students who complete our program graduate with a high state of physical readiness which sets them up as not only healthy individuals but good role models for their peers and subordinates alike.