Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

BNCO's Message

It is my pleasure to welcome you to the Naval ROTC Battalion (BN) here at The
University of Texas. I am Midshipman First Class Joseph Sharpee and I am the Battalion
Commanding Officer (BNCO) for the Fall 2021 semester. Our battalion was established
in 1940 and is a program filled with tradition and heritage. For 81 years, The University
of Texas Naval ROTC Battalion has commissioned generations of officers who proudly
serve in the Navy and Marine Corps. As a member of our BN, you will have the privilege
of representing not just those BN members who came before you but all those who
have or are currently serving in the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Along the way,
you will make friends and memories that you will cherish forever.


The first year of college is an incredibly important and exciting time. You will be
challenged mentally, physically, and morally. A high level of commitment will be
paramount to your success. I encourage you to view these as opportunities to develop
and enhance your skills and character to the fullest extent. Through use of the
resources provided by UT and our BN, I have no doubt you will gain the tools needed to
overcome any challenge.


Never forget the amount of effort you put forth will reflect what you get out of your time
here at the University of Texas at Austin. As a member of our BN, I expect you to not just
meet our standards, but to take pride in exceeding them. Hook em’!