Welcome to the University of Texas at Austin NROTC Battalion website. I am the Battalion Commanding Officer, Midshipman 1st Class Taylor Poli.
To all of our returning midshipmen, officer candidates and MECEPS, I would like to say, "Welcome back." I hope that each of you enjoyed your summer and I can’t wait to hear about all the exciting adventures you had while training on summer cruise, learning overseas in study abroad programs, experiencing new cultures with Project GO or relaxing with family and friends on well-deserved vacations.
To all of the incoming freshmen, "Welcome aboard!" Freshman Orientation will be the first event of the semester and the beginning of your potential profession of arms. Once you have completed Orientation, you will begin college and join the NROTC battalion. You will form your study habits, meet new friends, and adjust to life away from home. One of the great things about belonging to the UT NROTC Battalion is that you are joining an organization full of individuals who have been in your shoes and are ready and willing to help you transition and succeed. Don’t be afraid to ask for help!
Our main events this semester will be Freshman Orientation, Run to Dallas, Navy-Marine Corps Birthday Ball, and Alumni Weekend.
Run to Dallas is a unique, long-standing UT NROTC tradition in which the members of our battalion build camaraderie and show our Longhorn spirit. This annual event involves a running relay to bring the TX-OU game ball from Austin to the Cotton Bowl in Dallas for the Red River Rivalry. Once we get there, we compete against the OU NROTC in a flag football game and enjoy some time off in Dallas.
We celebrate the birthdays of our services through the Navy-Marine Corps Birthday Ball. This formal event is rich in traditions including a sword line, cake cutting ceremony, and messages from the Chief of Naval Operations and Commandant of the Marine Corps. This year’s ball will be held in early November at the Student Union near the iconic UT Tower.
Alumni Weekend brings together members of the UT NROTC Alumni Foundation and the latest generation of future Navy and Marine Corps officers. During their reunion, the alumni present scholarships from the Midshipman's Foundation to deserving battalion members and share their experiences with us during a BBQ lunch.
These events not only provide the battalion with valuable skills and experiences that we can use in the fleet upon commissioning but are also great opportunities to build camaraderie and have fun. The officers in charge and their committees have put in months of planning in order to ensure that each event is executed successfully and I hope that you all enjoy the upcoming semester.
I look forward to seeing all of you this fall. Hook ‘em!
MIDN 1/C Taylor Poli