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This year, the Northwest Navy (NWN) competition was hosted by Oregon State University's Beaver Battalion, welcoming NROTC units from the University of Washington (UW), University of Idaho/Washington State University (UI/WSU), and the University of Utah. The annual competition, which dates back to the early 1950s, is known for its intense rivalry and camaraderie among participating units.

The NWN competition is a mental and physical contest that challenges NROTC units in various disciplines. The competition kicked off with an opening ceremony at the Memorial Union ballroom on April 7th. From 0600, the all-day competition commenced with a Physical Readiness Test (PRT) and a Physical Fitness Test (PFT). The day continued with a series of exciting events, including basketball, soccer, tug-of-war, swimming, an academic competition, volleyball, an O-course competition, and the endurance course. The day concluded with the Close-Order Drill Competition and a Color Guard Competition.

The Beaver Battalion showcased their talent and determination throughout the competition, claiming victory in volleyball and the PRT competition. In addition to these victories, they also placed in multiple events:

Academic Team: 3rd Place
Basketball: 2nd Place
Soccer: 2nd Place
Swimming: 2nd Place
Tug of War: 2nd Place
Volleyball: 1st Place
Colorguard: 2nd Place
Drill: 3rd Place
E-Course: 4th Place
O-Course: 3rd Place
PFT: 1st Place
PRT: 3rd Place
Weapons Relay: 2nd Place

In the end, Beaver Battalion tied for second in overall points. The competition provided a fantastic opportunity for inter-unit bonding and leadership development for midshipmen.

Next year, the Northwest Navy competition will be at the University of Utah, and the Beaver Battalion has already begun preparations to secure the championship title. Go Beavs!