Annual Events

Marine Corps Birthday Ball


The Marine Corps Birthday Ball is an annual Battalion event traditionally held in November at King Family Vineyards through the generosity of the King family. Midshipmen partake in all of the traditions of the Marine Corps Birthday including the reading of Commandant John A. Lejeune’s historic birthday message and the ceremonial cutting of the cake. After the ceremony, there is a dinner followed by dancing for the Midshipmen and their dates.

Dining Out


Dining out is an annual Battalion event held in the spring semester. Midshipmen and their dates dine and celebrate Naval heritage while abiding by the infamous Rules of the Mess. A Midshipman dutifully appointed as Mr. Vice issues humorous fines to rule-violators, and the evening concludes with dancing.

Marine Field Exercises


The Marine Field Exercise (FEX) is a training event held approximately once per semester, and is intended to evaluate Marine Option Midshipmen on their abilities to apply the tactical training that they receive over the course of the year. Generally, FEXs are either conducted on O-Hill or at a neighboring military base (such as Fort Pickett or Camp Barrett), and last approximately 24 hours in duration.

Tri-Service Competition


The Tri-Service Competition is an annual event held in the spring that pits Naval ROTC against its Army and Air Force counterparts in various sports. Points earned in sports like Frisbee, Soccer, and Football are compiled, and the unit with the highest point total wins the Tri-Service Trophy for that calendar year.