Of the 18 ROTC students chosen to train as U.S. Navy SEALs this year, four are from the Virginia Tech Corps of Cadets and the university’s Naval ROTC. Another six Hokies are among the 53 men and women nationwide to begin the rigorous SEAL selection process.
In fact, in the past two years, no ROTC program in the country has had more students selected for SEAL training than Virginia Tech.
A seventh student was accepted as a candidate for the Navy’s specialized Explosive Ordinance Disposal program. Successful technicians are trained to disarm improvised explosive devices, neutralize chemical threats, and render safe nuclear weapons.
The students’ success is a testament to their character and dedication to training and to a program that is growing stronger every year, said Capt. Michael Fisher, commanding officer of Virginia Tech’s Naval ROTC.