Always Ready: The Navy Reserve – Then and Now




The Navy Reserve, established March 3, 1915, has reached several milestones in its 102-year history. Here are just a few:



The Naval Reserve Flying Corps was established.



Chief Yeoman Loretta P. Walsh, USNRF, became the first woman to enlist in the Navy Reserve.



The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps was established with units at six colleges: Harvard, Yale, University of Washington, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California at Berkeley and Northwestern University.



Known as the “Golden 13,” the first group of African American enlisted men completed officer training in the Naval Reserve.



The number of women serving in the Navy Reserve by the end of World War II totaled 91,000.



George H.W. Bush became the sixth U.S. president who served in the Navy Reserve. The others were John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald R. Ford and Jimmy Carter.



Currently, the NROTC program is available at over 160 colleges and universities.


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