Students marching drill formation with a flag

This year, Oregon State University University Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) traveled to Seattle for the annual Northwest Navy (NWN) competition. The University of Washington NROTC held the Northwest Navy competition on April 8-9. This annual competition can be traced to the early 1950s and the fierce competition and camaraderie it’s remembered for were on full display.  NWN is a mental and physical competition between four NROTC units: Oregon State University, University of Idaho/Washington State University, University of Washington, and the University of Utah. The opening ceremony was held on April 8th at Oak Hall. 

The all-day competition began at 0600 with a Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and a Physical Fitness Test (PFT). This was then followed by Basketball, Soccer, Spike Ball, an Ammo Can relay, Tug-of-War, an Academics Competition, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, and the Endurance Course. To cap off the day, the schools then had their drill teams compete in a Close-Order Drill Competition as well as a Color Guard Competition. 

Congratulations to Oregon State University NROTC as they took home the trophies in the Ammo Can relay and the Tug-of-War Competition. The Beaver Battalion placed third overall in the competition. 

This inter-unit competition promoted esprit de corps for the entire battalion and provided endless leadership opportunities for our midshipmen. Next year, the competition will be held at our very own Oregon State University. The Beaver Battalion have already started preparation for this upcoming event and hope to bring home the championship next year. GO BEAVS!