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From the Navy Office of Community Outreach

Navy Midshipman Brandon Jackson, from Lexington Park, Maryland

(MILLINGTON, Tenn.) – Navy Midshipman Brandon Jackson, from Lexington Park, 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 helped me grow in my professional and leadership development, teaching me lessons that I will carry for the rest of my life,” said Jackson.

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 a new set of challenges and working with new people when I report to my ship,” said Jackson.

Jackson, a 2016 Great Mills High School graduate, has selected to serve aboard USS Ross. Jackson is majoring in mechanical engineering while attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Upon graduation, Jackson 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 strive for excellence and always seek self-improvement,” said Jackson.

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 are 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, Jackson, 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 signifies the start of my career as a naval officer,” added Jackson.


David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...