Despite Notre Dame being among the finest schools for Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC), the general student body knows little about ROTC beyond its existence. Of course, everyone notices “uniform days” — the days where every ROTC student receives the comment, “I didn’t know you are in the Army,” (even if you are Navy — hooyah!).
As a sophomore midshipman (Naval ROTC student), when I am not studying for my mathematics/physics major and enjoying friends and campus life, I am training to commission as an officer in the U.S. Navy. This switch is most obvious Wednesdays when Naval ROTC members wear uniforms and attend Drill (i.e. Battalion training); Army and Air Force ROTC wear their uniforms Tuesdays. Digital camo does little to camouflage midshipmen on South Quad, and we receive a vast array of curious questions and comments.