About Us

Infinite possibilities. Eye-opening experiences. What will you make of it?

NROTC is dedicated to educating and training young men and women who have a strong desire to serve their nation.

Commanding Officer’s message

Welcome! The mission of The Ohio State University Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) unit is to educate and train qualified students for service as commissioned officers in the United States Navy or Marine Corps. Located in Converse Hall (just north of Ohio Stadium), Ohio State University NROTC plays a vital role in preparing mature individuals for leadership positions in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

Your time at The Ohio State University will be enriched with a multitude of unit and university activities, such as the sailing team, drill team, choir, rifle-pistol team, engineering societies and sports clubs. Your fellow midshipmen are members and contributors to the overall university and local communities. You can expect to be engaged and challenged mentally, physically and morally in the course of your multi-year journey towards a commission in the Navy or Marine Corps. The Ohio State University NROTC program is designed to foster your development in each of these areas in order to provide the Navy or Marine Corps with officers that are prepared to serve with honor.

The Ohio State University offers a wide range of majors. Currently, the majority of our students are pursuing a technical major. Your Ohio State University degree will certainly prepare you for a successful career whether you choose a full career in the Navy or Marine Corps or if you choose to enter the civilian work force after completing your obligated service. 

Thank you for visiting our website and please feel free to contact us with any questions. We look forward to meeting you!


Whether you have questions or concerns, below is a list of resources that should help address anything you are unsure about.

Freedom of Information Act
Access to Department of Navy records

Official website of the United States Marines

Marines Recruiting
Official Marines recruiting website

Official website of the United States Navy 

Navy Recruiting
Official Navy recruiting website

Naval Service Training Command
Official website of the NSTC

Veterans Crisis Line
Resources for veterans and their families

Leadership Team

Darrell Canady

Captain, U.S. Navy, Commanding Officer, Professor of Naval Science

Joshua Bacca

Commander, U.S. Navy, Executive Officer, Associate Professor of Naval Science

Caleb Griffin

Captain, U.S. Marine Corps, Marine Officer Instructor

Michael Sokol

Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Assistant Professor of Naval Science, Submarine Warfare Instructor

Greg Turner

Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Assistant Professor of Naval Science, Aviation Instructor

Doug Spencer

Lieutenant, U.S. Navy, Assistant Professor of Naval Science, Surface Warfare Instructor

William Puckett

Gunnery Sergeant, U.S. Marine Corps, Assistant Marine Officer Instructor

Contact Us

The Ohio State University Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps is located on The Ohio State University's Columbus main campus next to the Ice Rink across from Ohio Stadium.

Mailing Address:
2121 Tuttle Park Pl.
Columbus, Ohio 43210

For questions regarding NROTC at The Ohio State University, contact LT Doug Spencer at (614) 292-6015


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