By Rick Burke for The Island Connection
Navy Midshipman Gordon Turley, a native of Johns Island, participated in the 2020 spring Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps ship selection draft as a future member of the Surface Warfare Officer community.
More than 270 midshipmen from NROTC units around the country chose to serve as surface warfare officers. Midshipmen are ranked according to their grade point average, aptitude scores and physical fitness.
According to their rankings, each midshipman provided a preference of ship or home port 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 most excited to meet my division and the sailors that I will be working with,” said Turley. “The NROTC program has taught me time management skills, as well as how to roll with the punches and keep moving forward.”
Turley is majoring in international relations and international security studies at Duquesne University. Upon graduation, he will receive a commission as a Navy ensign and report aboard the USS Shiloh as a surface warfare officer. The Shiloh is a multifaceted warship that can complete undersea, air and surface warfare missions. The ship is currently home ported in Yokosuka, Japan.
“I am very excited to get out into the fleet and eager to learn and achieve as much as I can,” said Turley.