Group of midshipmen with unit staff in casual attire

NROTC Events

Colorado Meet

Group of six midshipmen NROTC Executive Officer holding a UC Berkeley unit flag on a snowy mountain.

In the spring semester, midshipmen on the Endurance Team, Knowledge Team, and Color Guard travel to the University of Colorado, Boulder, to compete against NROTC units from across the nation. In 2020, UC Berkeley finished 3rd overall, with the Knowledge Team placing 1st, and the Endurance Team placing 2nd.

Tri-Service Ball

The Tri-Service Ball brings together midshipmen, cadets, active duty staff, and other guests for a celebratory evening featuring an inspiring guest speaker from the military or political sphere, a formal dinner, and presentations honoring the graduating classes from the Navy, Air Force, and Army ROTC programs.

Notre Dame Naval Leadership Weekend

A group of four midshipmen in uniform at the Notre Dame Naval Leadership event

Select midshipmen from NROTC UC Berkeley joined midshipmen from over 40 NROTC units at the University of Notre Dame’s annual Naval Leadership Weekend. They attended lectures given by the Navy’s officer and enlisted leadership, enjoyed panel discussions with junior officers, and discussed challenges facing midshipmen and junior officers with their peers from around the nation.

Tri-Service Parade and Awards Ceremony

Midshipmen and Cadets gather for tri-service parade event

The Tri-Service Parade and Awards Ceremony brings together the midshipmen, cadets, and active duty staff of UC Berkeley’s ROTC programs with the Berkeley community to celebrate and recognize the achievements of the future military officers in academics, leadership, and esprit de corps.

Nimitz Lecture Series View previous speakers

Nimitz Lecturer taking group photo with midshipmen in front of an audience

The annual Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz Memorial Lectureship in National Security Affairs brings to the University of California, Berkeley, a distinguished scholar, military professional, or government official for a series of lectures on national security subjects. In much the same fashion as a Regents Professor, the Nimitz Lecturer participates with students and faculty of the many departments and programs at Berkeley that study national security.

It is a natural choice that the national security affairs lectureship at Berkeley be established in honor of Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Throughout much of his life, Admiral Nimitz maintained close ties to the university. As Berkeley’s first Professor of Naval Science, as a close friend of President Robert Gordon Sproul, and as a Regent of the University of California, Admiral Nimitz became an active and highly respected member of the Berkeley community, capturing its affection and admiration.

In 1926, “…Commander Nimitz was ordered to organize the NROTC unit in the University of California, Berkeley… [T]he experience imbued him with a deep and abiding interest in education…Nimitz never thought of himself as a naval officer thrust into an unfamiliar, faintly hostile environment, but only as a member of the University of California faculty, and the faculty, attracted by his unfailing good humor and recognizing his wide-ranging knowledge… accepted him fully as a colleague.”—from the biography, “NIMITZ” by E. B. Potter.

We hope you share our enthusiasm for this project. The encouragement of the study of national security affairs in the University environment provides a valuable service to our nation and to the community of scholars and students at Berkeley.

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