Navy Midshipman Tay-Sean Kidd from East Meadow participated in the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) ship selection draft as a future member of the U.S. Navy’s Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community.
More than 280 midshipmen at 70 Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) units around the country have selected to serve in the Navy as surface warfare officers. Each selected midshipman is ranked according to his or her grade point average, aptitude scores, and physical fitness.
“The University of Pennsylvania NROTC Battalion is composed of roughly 70 midshipmen from Pennsylvania, Temple and Drexel universities,” said Kidd.
According to their rankings, each midshipman provided their preference of ship or home port to the junior officer detailer at the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, TN. If these preferences were available, they were assigned as requested.
“Ship selection is a major milestone for me. I understand the lasting impact that my first ship will have on my Naval career,” said Kidd. “The things that I experience, the lessons that I learn and people who I meet on my first ship will stick with me for a lifetime.”
Kidd, a 2012 East Meadow High School graduate, has selected to serve aboard U.S.S. Somerset (LPD 25). Kidd is majoring in human resource management while attending University of Pennsylvania. Upon graduation, Kidd will receive a commission as a Navy Ensign and report aboard Somerset as a surface warfare officer.
Homeported in San Diego, Somerset is a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship. Amphibious transport dock ships are warships that embark, transport and land elements of a landing force for a variety of expeditionary warfare missions.
The midshipmen’s selection of their ship is not only a milestone for them but also an important day for the ships in the fleet. Not only do the midshipmen choose where they are going to start their Naval career, but the ship they choose will also gain a motivated, eager, young officer to help lead and improve an already great team.
“This is an exciting day,” said Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, commander, Naval Service Training Command (NSTC), which oversees the NROTC program. “We have some of the finest talent in our nation and we have the opportunity to marry them up with some of our finest teams in our fleet.”
Evans also told the midshipmen that they should be excited, because they have a great future ahead of them on some of the Navy’s best platforms around the world.
While NROTC units are spread out across the country and vary in size, they all teach midshipmen the values, standards, abilities and responsibility that it takes to become a Navy officer and lead this nation’s sons and daughters in protecting freedom on the seven seas.
“Serving in NROTC has taught me a lot about what it means to be an effective leader. Holding various billets ranging from random auxiliary jobs to the battalion staff level, on top of regular NROTC and school obligations, has taught me the importance of time management and attention to detail,” added Kidd. “These are just a few of the invaluable assets that contributed greatly to my personal and professional development during my time in NROTC. I look forward to applying all that I have learned as I make this transition from being a midshipman to being a junior officer in the surface fleet.”