Battalion Information

Battalion Information

Welcome to New York NROTC

The NROTC program was established to educate and train qualified young men and women for service as commissioned officers in the unrestricted line communities of the Navy and in the Marine Corps. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Scholarship Program fills a vital need in preparing mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

Graduates from the Navy and Marine Corps NROTC program serve as active duty commissioned officers in the Navy on ships, submarines, the aviation field, and in Naval Special Operations (EOD) and Special Warfare (SEALs), as officers in the Marine Corps, or as Strategic Sealift Officers in the Naval Reserve.

To learn more about the history of NROTC, check out the official NROTC website.

History of the NROTC Unit at SUNY Maritime

The NROTC unit at SUNY Maritime was established 1 October 1973 following decades of Naval involvement with the college. Its first two graduates were commissioned with the class of 1974. Strong support from the college and elected officials ensured the unit stayed open, despite a plan to close it in 1977. Ever since, the unit has gained cross-town enrollment agreements with Fordham University (1985), Molloy College (1992 - nurse option only) and Columbia University (2012), allowing interested undergraduate students attending those intitutions to participate in NROTC as college program or scholarship midshipmen. 


SUNY Maritime College 

The NROTC Unit office is on the first floor, off the main entrance lobby of Marvin-Tode Hall, also known as the Science and Engineering Building, at 6 Pennyfield Ave., Throggs Neck, NY 10465. It is open from 0900 to 1700 Monday through Friday and can be reached by calling (718) 409-7495 or by emailing The office fax is (718) 409-7402.

To schedule an interview with an officer, please send us an email.

Columbia University

The Columbia NROTC office is in Lerner Hall, Floor IE, Room 116. It is open from 0900 to 1600 Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, and from 0900 to 1200 on Friday. It can be reached by calling (212) 851-9960.

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Battalion Events

  • Navy/Marine Corps Birthday Ball

The celebration of the Navy and Marine Corps' birthday is a time-honored tradition. Every fall, the NYC NROTC unit hosts its annual Navy/Marine Corpts Birthday Ball. Midshipmen, OCs, MECEPs, and the unit staff get together in an incredible evening of ceremony, camaraderie and dancing.

  • Dining In

Every spring, the first- and second-class midshipmen within the battalion attend Dining In with the unit staff. The Dining In, known as Mess Night with the Marine Corps, is a deep-rooted military tradition. Dining In is both a solemn and humorous event, paying tribute to those who have gone before, and fostering camaraderie and esprit de corps through drinking, toasts and other various etiquettes.

  • Captain's Cup

The Captain's Cup takes place every semester and consists of various competitions between Alpha, Bravo and Charlie companies. Midshipmen go above and beyond in each portion of the competition to bring home the Captain's Cup and claim bragging rights as the best company of the NYC NROTC Battalion.

Volunteer Events

New York City is our classroom. Midshipmen from the NYC NROTC unit are exposed to extraordinary opportunities for volunteering, which allows them to learn through unforgettable experiences.

  • JROTC Drill Meet

During the fall semester, midshipmen plan and host the annual JROTC Drill Meet. Our midshipmen use their experience to act as escorts, judges and mentors for high-school students. At the JRTOC Drill Meet, high-school students compete and put their drill abilities on display.

  • Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

As members of the NYC NROTC unit, there is a unique opportuntiy to participate in they Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Our midshipmen have become an integral part of the parade by operating as part of the Vehicle Team under various iconic balloons.

  • Color Guards

The NYC NROTC Color Guard is open to all midshipmen. Past color guard events include sporting events at Maritime, Fordham and Columbia, as well as at Yankee Stadium. As an important part of battalion ceremonies, the color guard team has been invited to several Veterans Day events, including the Birthday Ball, Change of Command and Commissioning.