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Navy Midshipman Michael Metler, from Dunkirk, Maryland

(MILLINGTON, Tenn.) – Navy Midshipman Michael Metler, from Dunkirk, Maryland, participated in the 2020 spring Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) ship selection draft as a future member of the Surface Warfare Officer (SWO) community.

More than 270 midshipmen from NROTC units around the country chose to serve as surface warfare officers. Each selecting midshipmen are ranked according to their grade point average, aptitude scores, and physical fitness.
“NROTC has taught me how to be a better leader, be more confident and how to properly plan ahead,” said Metler.

According to their rankings, each midshipman provided a preference of ship or homeport to the junior officer detailer at the Navy Personnel Command in Millington, Tennessee. If these preferences were available, they were assigned as requested.

“I am looking forward to continuing to grow as a leader while working with some of the country’s finest men and women,” said Metler.

Metler, a 2016 Northern High School graduate, has selected to serve aboard USS Ross. Metler is majoring in computer science while attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Upon graduation, Metler will receive a commission as a Navy Ensign and report aboard Ross as a surface warfare officer.

Ross is a guided-missile destroyer capable of completing diverse missions such as anti-air and anti-submarine warfare. The ship is currently homeported in Rota, Spain.

“Once aboard my ship, I will bring honesty, determination, and dedication,” said Metler.

With more than 90 percent of all trade traveling by sea, and 95 percent of the world’s international phone and internet traffic carried through fiber optic cables lying on the ocean floor, Navy officials continue to emphasize that the prosperity and security of the United States is directly linked to a strong and ready Navy.

The midshipmen’s ship selection is not only a major personal milestone but also an important day for the ships in the fleet. Not only do the midshipmen choose where they are going to start their Navy career, but the ship they choose will also gain a motivated, eager, young officer to help lead and improve an already great team, according to Navy officials.

“NROTC prepares our future Surface Warfare Officers with a foundation in leadership and ethics as well as basic training in five warfighting competencies; Firefighting, Damage Control, Seamanship, Watchstanding, and Small Arms Handling and Marksmanship, all essential skills on a ship,” said Rear Adm. Jamie Sands, Commander, Naval Service Training Command, which includes the NROTC Program. “I am enormously proud of our graduating midshipmen for completing this demanding program, and look forward to them joining the fleet.”

As a member of the U.S. Navy, Metler, as well as others at the command, know they are a part of a service tradition providing unforgettable experiences through leadership development, world affairs, and humanitarian assistance. Their efforts will have a lasting effect around the globe and for generations of sailors who will follow.

“The SWO ship selection means that I am starting my naval career and beginning a new chapter of my life,” added Metler.


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