In 1981, then Rear Admiral Ed Briggs, USN, Commander, Navy Recruiting Command, requested his Washington Recruiting District Advisory Council, a group of distinguished Washingtonians chaired by Captain Donald Morency, USNR, to investigate the possibility of a local university willing to establish a consortium NROTC unit, which would be the first of its kind in the Washington area.
After many discussions with officials from each of the universities in the area over the next year, The George Washington University was finally convinced that it should be the lead university in this effort. Working with the University, the Washington Recruiting District Advisory Council accelerated the administrative process through the Department of the Navy, and gained final approval for the consortium in 1983 with the first class to begin in 1984.
Since the program's inception, The George Washington University has accepted midshipmen from Georgetown University, the University of Maryland at College Park, Catholic University of America, and Howard University. The battalion is now composed of approximately 150 Navy and Marine-option Midshipmen, Navy Officer Candidates, and Active Duty Marines earning their commission through the Marine Corps Enlisted Commissioning Program.