Naval Science (NROTC)

NROTC Office
Commanding Officer
College of the Holy Cross
One College Street, Box E
Worcester, MA 01610-2395

Office Location: Carlin 40
Phone: 508-793-2433/2434
Fax: 508-793-2373
Email: nrotc@holycross.edu
Commanding Officer, Professor and Chair: Capt. Marv Carlin
Administrative Assistant: Cynthia Hayes

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General Information

Under the direction of the commanding officer, Capt. Marv Carlin, U.S. Navy, the Naval Science staff at Holy Cross includes five to seven officers and enlisted personnel who teach, mentor and train approximately 65 midshipmen in the Holy Cross NROTC unit.

The unit is comprised of students from the College of the Holy Cross, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester State University, and Brown University. The battalion is divided into companies and led by the midshipman battalion commander, a fourth-year student who is chosen for outstanding leadership qualities. 

This is not an official Department of Navy website.

Storied Tradition

Leadership has been an important tenet of the Naval Science program since its founding in 1941. More than 15 Holy Cross graduates have earned the high-level ranks of flag and general officers in the Navy, Army and Marine Corps. Exemplifying the selflessness demanded by military service, Holy Cross alumni have received three Medals of Honor, four Navy Crosses and 18 Silver Stars.

The late Rev. John E. Brooks, S.J., ’49, the longest-serving president of the College and himself a World War II veteran, firmly supported military training at Holy Cross, saying “I think it’s extremely important that the armed forces have leadership that’s been trained in the liberal arts. They have a sense of history and are able to articulate and have good moral judgment.” 

Will I Fit in?

You won’t know until you join. You have to join the program and experience it for yourself. That is why the first year is without obligation. We are looking for intelligent and physically fit men and women of high moral character who can be trained to assume positions of leadership and great responsibility in the Navy and Marine Corps. If you fit that description, and if you prefer to be a leader rather than a follower, then you owe it to yourself to give it a try.

Naval Science Courses

Any student in the College may take Naval Science courses. Students receive credit for satisfactory completion of accredited Naval Science courses but have no official status in the NROTC Program and receive none of the benefits provided to NROTC students.

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