To all our returning Midshipmen, welcome back. To all our new 4/c, welcome to the Battalion. My staff and I have prepared a productive and engaging semester of activities and events designed to prepare you all to be the best Midshipmen, and by extension the best future officers, that you can possibly be. This semester’s focus will be on solidifying and strengthening the integration of the Boston NROTC Battalion and increasing our visibility on campuses using a three-part formula: Academic success, excellence, and, most importantly, integrity.
The Boston NROTC Battalion is comprised of some of the most prestigious universities in the country. With such prestige comes an expectation that Midshipmen take full advantage of the resources at their disposal to obtain the most essential element of any career, especially that of a Navy or Marine Corps officer: an education. Your responsibility for academic success extends beyond personal motivations and derives from the hands of every American citizen. I expect nothing short of your very best.
Consistent with the Sailor’s creed, we are “committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.” This commitment to excellence extends beyond our duties in uniform and into our studies and lives as students and citizens. We, as Midshipmen, are expected to exemplify a commitment to excellence in demeanor, appearance, respect, and duty and to carry that spirit of excellence into every facet of our lives. We must never forget that we are ambassadors to the United States Armed Forces.
At the core of our efforts we must guard a sound and virtuous conscience. Recalling the words of our brothers and sisters in arms in the Cadet Prayer at West Point, Midshipmen are expected “to choose the harder right instead of the easier wrong, and never to be content with a half-truth when the whole can be won.” We must always choose the path of integrity, and lead our shipmates to do the same.
I want you to know that though I will be your commander, I am here to serve you. Let’s make this semester a good one.
MIDN James Michael Byrne, Jr.