The purpose of the "Office of Military Activities" website is to provide an overview of the numerous military-related academic programs, research and development initiatives and other partnerships with federal sector organizations which collectively make Old Dominion University one of the most supportive institutions of higher education to the United States military.
Old Dominion is a "pro-military" institution and servicemen, servicewomen and their families will find a most supportive academic team ready and willing to facilitate degree attainment, including recognition of military experiences which may accelerate degree completion. Campus military ceremonies, supported by our superb Navy and Army ROTC units, are the order of the day at ODU, and frequent visits by senior Department of Defense leaders for symposia, commencements and lectures provide special insights to all students on national strategies, homeland defense and related themes. We are extremely proud of, and honored by, many of our military alumni and students who are leading Navy fleets, serving in the most senior assignments ashore, piloting NASA space shuttles - or completing degree programs while involved in their demanding active duty assignments. We hope you will get the sense from this site, that this university is truly "out front" in its many relationships with the armed forces as they defend our country's freedoms for us all.
Captain, USN (Ret)
Director of Military Activities
A Tribute to Veterans
President Barack Obama "Inaugural Address"
"As we consider the road that unfolds before us, we remember with humble gratitude those brave Americans who, at this very hour, patrol far-off deserts and distant mountains. They have something to tell us today, just as the fallen heroes who lie in Arlington whisper through the ages. We honor them not only because they are guardians of our liberty, but because they embody the spirit of service; a willingness to find meaning in something greater than themselves. And yet, at this moment - a moment that will define a generation - it is precisely this spirit that must inhabit us all".