One of the Naval Institute’s top priorities is to engage young naval personnel and help them advance as the next generation of naval professionals. We believe an important first step in this effort is to introduce Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) and service-academy midshipmen and cadets—our future naval leaders—to their professional association.
The Institute is now setting up a network of sponsors to underwrite student memberships for all midshipmen. Prior to announcing this new initiative officially, several individuals stepped forward as sponsors for three NROTC programs. Through tax-deductible contributions to the Naval Institute Foundation, all four classes of midshipmen at Marquette University in Milwaukee and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign will receive sponsored one-year memberships. The project was kicked off when Institute CEO retired Vice Admiral Pete Daly offered to champion memberships at his alma mater, the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts.