American flag and fleet of ships


University Of California Berkeley
Stanford University


UC Davis
Cal Maritime

The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps unit at the University of California, Berkeley is one of the original six pioneering NROTC units founded throughout the country. The unit's first commanding officer was then Captain Chester W. Nimitz, who went on to achieve the rank of fleet admiral as he played a major role in World War II as Commander in Chief, U.S. Pacific Fleet and Commander in Chief, Pacific Ocean Areas, commanding Allied air, land, and sea forces. Since then, NROTC UC Berkeley has been training students in the disciplines of leadership, physical fitness, and military sciences. Today, the unit has five active-duty personnel, two civilian staff members, and 50-60 midshipmen hailing from Berkeley itself and its crosstown affiliates: California Maritime Academy, University of California at Davis, and Stanford University.

"The unit at NROTC UC Berkeley has a unique ability to draw students from top-tier schools, host speakers from across academia and government, and provide opportunities for each and every midshipman to lead and be mentored. Through the unit, I've seen myself myself improve physically and mentally, have built relationships with diverse and interesting peers across the Bay Area, and have had amazing access to professional opportunities, like being asked to help lead a military-focused class and getting to meet with senior officers and security experts at the Hoover Institution and Cal's Institute for International Studies."
— Midshipman 3rd Class, Stanford University —
Midshipmen in summer white uniforms serve as a background to an image of a carrier deck.

 I am a United States Sailor. I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America and I will obey the orders of those appointed over me. I represent the fighting spirit of the Navy and those who have gone before me to defend freedom and democracy around the world. I proudly serve my country's Navy combat team with Honor, Courage and Commitment. I am committed to excellence and the fair treatment of all.

 “Our armament must be adequate to the needs, but our faith is not primarily in these machines of defense but in ourselves.”


​Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz
CO NROTC UC Berkeley, 1926–1929

Chester W. Nimitz