AU Marines


The Naval ROTC Unit at Auburn University was founded in 1946 and is one of the oldest NROTC Units in the Nation. Currently the unit has over 100 students, 81 of which are Navy Midshipmen and seven active duty Navy Officer Candidates. The Marine community includes 20 Marine Option Midshipmen and two Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP) participants. The NROTC Unit at Auburn is commanded by a Navy Captain. The current Commanding Officer is Captain Matthew Roberts, USN and he is in charge of the Battalion’s at both Auburn and Tuskegee Universities.

The NROTC program at Auburn University has produced many officers who have served their country with great distinction and embodied the Auburn spirit. The school has produced nine general officers, all of whom have played major roles in the Marine Corps and the military. Notable alumni include: General Holland “Howlin’ Mad” Smith, USMC (class of 1901, known as the father of modern U.S. Amphibious Warfare); General F. A. Hart, USMC (class of 1915, served in both World Wars and was a Navy Cross recipient); Brigadier General B. D. Godbold, USMC (class of 1936); Brigadier General Joseph Stewart, USMC (class of 1937, served in both World War II and Korea, received the Silver Star for his actions in the Chosin Reservoir Campaign); Major General W. B. Fleming, USMC (class of 1950); General Carl E. Mundy, USMC (class of 1957, served as the 30th Commandant of the Marine Corps); Major General James E. Livingston, USMC (class of 1962, received the Medal of Honor for his actions in Vietnam); and Brigadier General Carl E. Mundy III (class of 1983). Alongside of these distinguished general officer graduates are several other notable Marines associated with Auburn University. Captain Robert W. Hubbard, USMC, class of 1963, received the Navy Cross for his actions in the Battle of Hue in Vietnam. General George B. Christ received his Masters in Political Science from Auburn in 1971 before going on to serve on the Joint Chiefs of Staff and later to take command of U.S. Central Command. Ronald D. Castille, class of 1966, who served as a platoon commander in Vietnam, is now the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. Another well-known Marine associated with Auburn is author Eugene B. Sledge, who wrote “With the Old Breed,” which was portrayed in HBO’s “The Pacific.” After World War II, Mr. Sledge received his bachelors and master’s degree from Auburn.

Battalion General Military Training

The following outlines the Naval Science requirements for Auburn Marines.

MECEP Students

  • NAVS 3030 Evolution of Warfare
  • NAVS 4030 Amphibious Warfare
  • NAVS 4020 Leadership and Ethics (Marine)

Marine-Option Midshipman

  • NAVS 1010 Intro to Naval Science
  • NAVS 2010 Seapower (Naval History)
  • NAVS 2020 Principles of Naval Leadership I
  • NAVS 3030 Evolution of Warfare
  • NAVS 4030 Amphibious Warfare
  • NAVS 4020 Leadership and Ethics (Marine)
  • **American Military History/ National Security policy

Professional Development Lab

These periods of instruction consist of basic military skills necessary for success at Officer Candidates School (OCS) and the foundation of a career in the Marine Corps. These include things like basic small unit tactics, land navigation, close order drill, and other military skills. These events help to prepare the Midshipmen for OCS, encourage personal leadership development, and instill confidence and proficiency. These classes are usually taught on Tuesdays from 0700-0800 and the Field Pro-Lab is from 0800-0900 on Wednesdays.

Marine Physical Training (PT)

All Marines and Marine-Option Midshipmen participate in Marine PT on Wednesday and Thursday from 0600 until 0700 as well as Battalion PT on Fridays from 0600-0700. The PT program is progressive and ranges from conditioning hikes, body weight exercises, medium and long distance runs, O-Course practice runs, and other demanding events. There is a standard Marine Corps Obstacle Course on campus, as well as numerous pull up bars, ropes, tires, and other aids for working out. The goal of our PT program is to introduce the students to a lifestyle of physical fitness similar to that which they will experience at OCS and throughout a career in the Marine Corps at home and in combat.

Semper Fidelis Society

This organization is comprised of students who are pursuing a commission in the U.S. Marine Corps while completing their undergraduate degree. All Marines and Marine-option students in Auburn's NROTC may become members of the society. "Semper Fidelis," Latin for "Always Faithful," seeks to strengthen the core values of honor, courage and commitment, that the nation expects of men and women who aspire to be Marines. Meetings alternate between "business meetings" and informal social gatherings.

Summer Training

All scholarship midshipmen attend summer training between academic years. MECEP students attend Officer Candidate School prior to their first academic year. During the summers, MECEP students will attend classes. College Program (non-scholarship) midshipmen only attend Officer candidate school following their junior year.

Summer Following Scholarship Midshipmen MECEP Students College Program Students
Freshman Year CORTRAMID Attend Classes No Requirement
Sophomore Year Various Attend Classes No Requirement
Junior Year Officer Candidate School Attend Classes Officer Candidate School

Typical Week

The schedule below shows the program requirements for a typical Auburn Marine student. Add to this schedule your academic schedule and any personal hobbies or commitments you may have. We recommend that incoming freshmen limit their first semester to 15 credit hours in order to adjust to the requirements of the program.

Battalion GMT
Battalion PT
Field Pro-Lab

Last Updated: July 24, 2020