Hollis native participates in NROTC Ship Selection Draft

MILLINGTON, Tenn. – Navy Midshipman Daniel Estrada, from Hollis, participated in the Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps ship selection draft as a future member of the U.S. Navy’s Surface Warfare Officer community.

More than 280 midshipmen at 70 Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps units around the country have been selected to serve in the Navy as surface warfare officers. Each selecting midshipman is ranked according to his or her grade point average, aptitude scores and physical fitness.

"Norwich University NROTC is a unit that cultivates leaders by teaching the midshipmen from the very beginning how to become good officers and good leaders," Estrada said.

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

"The SWO ship selection signifies that I am one step closer in becoming a naval officer, and it shows me where I will be and what I will be doing," Estrada said.

Estrada, a 2012 Hollis Brookline High School graduate, has selected to serve aboard USS Essex (LHD 2). Estrada is majoring in studies in war and peace while attending Norwich University. Upon graduation, Estrada will receive a commission as a Navy ensign and report aboard Essex as a surface warfare officer.

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

"This is an exciting day," said Rear Adm. Stephen C. Evans, commander, Naval Service Training Command, which oversees the NROTC program. "We have some of the finest talent in our nation, and we have the opportunity to marry them up with some of our finest teams in our fleet."

Evans also told the midshipmen that they should be excited, because they have a great future on some of the Navy’s best platforms around the world.

While NROTC units are spread out across the country and vary in size, they all teach midshipmen the values, standards, abilities and responsibility that it takes to become a Navy officers and lead this nation’s sons and daughters in protecting freedom on the seven seas.

"NROTC has taught me skills that I will need to be a good leader," Estrada said.