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Southern NROTC to celebrate 234th birthday of the U.S. Navy - Monday, October 12, 2009
Southern University's Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) will celebrate the United States Navy's 234th birthday on Tuesday, October13.  The ceremony will be held in the Seymour Gym from 6:40 a.m. - 7 a.m.
 
Southern's NROTC Unit was established at the university in 1971 to provide an opportunity for mentally, morally, and physically qualified students at Southern University, Louisiana State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, and Baton Rouge Community College to compete for commissions in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. To earn a commission, a midshipman or an officer candidate must complete all requirements for a bachelor's degree in accordance with university rules and regulations, must complete the naval science curriculum and receive a favorable recommendation from the professor of naval science.
 
Members of Southern's NROTC will be in formation and the oldest and youngest sailors will cut the ceremonial birthday cake.
 
The United States Navy traces its origins to the Continental Navy, which the Continental Congress established on October 13, 1775 by authorizing the procurement, fitting out, manning, and dispatch of two armed vessels to cruise in search of munitions ships supplying the British Army in America.
 
The Navy Birthday is intended as an internal activity for members of the active forces and reserves, as well as retirees, and dependents. Since 1972 each Chief of Naval Operations has encouraged a Navy-wide celebration of this occasion to enhance a greater appreciation of the Navy heritage, and to provide a positive influence toward pride and professionalism in the naval service.