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Citadel News Service

For release
November 19, 2002

New Navy commissioning program coming to The Citadel

          The Citadel is now one of 16 colleges or universities designated nationally to educate enlisted men and women for commissioning into the Navy's nuclear officer recruiting program.

          The Navy Seaman to Admiral Commissioning Program will begin this summer with eight enlisted students who are stationed at the Naval Nuclear Power School or Naval Nuclear Power Training Unit. Over the next four years, the program, which allows military personnel to earn a college degree, is projected to grow by eight to 10 students annually in the electrical and civil engineering, mathematics, physics and chemistry programs at the college.

          Navy Admiral Frank Lee Bowman, director of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion, announced in October that The Citadel's application to join the program had been approved.

          " I have every confidence that the presence of these exceptionally bright young sailors will significantly enhance the Navy’s active-duty presence here at The Citadel," said Lt. Kyle Agee, the Nuclear Power Officer for the Navy ROTC unit at the college. "I served with sailors of similar exemplary caliber during my three years aboard USS Wyoming SSBN 742(G) and the tremendous professionalism and technical knowledge possessed by these sailors was instrumental to my success and development as a junior officer. I expect the South Carolina Corps of Cadets will benefit in a similar manner from its daily exposure to these sailors.“

          The program is similar to the Marine Enlisted Commissioning Education Program (MECEP), which has been at The Citadel since 1973.

          The Citadel's proximity to the Naval Weapons Station in Goose Creek and Charleston Air Force Base in North Charleston, along with its successful Naval ROTC program helped bring the commissioning program to the campus. Additionally, 55 people were selected for commissioning programs at the 15 other colleges in 2002. Of those 44 came from the Naval Weapons Station, Agee said.

          "Active duty students are a great asset to The Citadel. They are committed, mature and smart, and they will serve as excellent role models for our cadets in both academic and military areas," said Citadel President John S. Grinalds. "The Citadel will enthusiastically welcome these top-tier Naval students as they continue their education with us."

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