Navy and Marine Corps Birthday Ball
Following Marine Corps tradition, the UW NROTC celebrates the Navy and Marine Corps Birthdays (October 13, 1775, and November 10, 1775, respectively) every fall. Marine units around the world set the Marine Corps birthday aside to celebrate the long, illustrious history of the Corps and the sacrifices of its members. The Badger Battalion conducts a formal ceremony every year in celebration of both the Navy and Marine Corps birthdays, which provides a break in the academic semester while introducing future naval officers to an important event in the operating forces.
During the ceremony, the the most senior officer of each service cuts a slice of the birthday cake with a sword and passes it to the most junior member of his/her respective service. This tradition represents the knowledge and experience passed from senior service members to the newest generation of sailors and Marines. The celebration follows the ceremony with dinner and dancing.