Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps

BNCO's Message

Welcome new students, to the University of Texas at Austin and the Naval ROTC Battalion (BN). I am Midshipman 1st Class (MIDN 1/C) Bailey Blackwell and I am the Battalion Commanding Officer (BNCO) for the Fall 2020 semester. When you join these ranks you will also be joining a tradition of camaraderie, dedication and hard work dating back to 1940. You will represent 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. The uniforms you will wear have been worn by Admirals, astronauts, CEOs and presidents of organizations, and even a Chancellor of the University of Texas. However, you will not be taking this journey alone. You will train and build relationships with some of the best students and people UT has to offer. In this BN you will find mentors, allies, and friends. Through these relationships you will be given all the support you need to become the finest Naval officer you can be.

Your first year at UT will be challenging. Even if this is not your first semester at UT the current pandemic will introduce even more unforeseen challenges. However, our unit’s mission will not be altered. We will continue to commission college graduates imbued with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty so that they may assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.

Lastly, the attitude and motivation you bring will determine how much you get out of this unit. My expectations of you will be high, but I have no doubt you will exceed them. “You’ve only got three choices in life: Give up, Give in, or Give it all you’ve got.” So let’s see what you’ve got! Hook ‘em!