Do NROTC midshipmen wear uniforms to class every day like they do at the Naval Academy?
No. NROTC midshipmen are only required to wear the uniform for one full day per week throughout the school year. Lab, otherwise known as drill, may consist of military formation, classroom sessions, general briefings, inspections or physical fitness training.
How much of my time at school will be tied up in NROTC activities?
As much as you want beyond a minimum of about ten hours per week. Your Naval Science courses meet twice a week for an hour and fifteen minutes each class, there is a two-hour lab session once a week, a 4 hour sailing session for the beginning of the fall semester once a week, and you may be asked to devote about two additional nights per month to required activities such as the annual Navy and Marine Corps Birthday Ball, semiannual close order drill competitions, and the annual Holy Cross (consortium partner) Military Excellence Competition (MEC) and Basketball Tournament. There are also a few extracurricular activities available to you if you are interested in them, such as Reach the Beach, a 200-mile road relay in New Hampshire, for which the unit has provided multiple teams for over ten years.
What do midshipmen have to do in the NROTC program?
Midshipmen are required to take one Naval Science class each semester for four years. These classes provide instruction subjects from the history of the Navy to shipboard operations and engineering. Students are also required to attend a Naval Science Lab once a week. If students are on scholarship they are required to attend approximately 1 month of summer training for three consecutive summers.
What would happen if I decided not to continue in the NROTC program after I have started the sophomore year and incurred an obligation for active duty?
There are several reasons and circumstances for leaving the NROTC program. To reiterate, there is no obligation at all if you leave before your sophomore year. However, if you decide to leave after the start of the sophomore year, then you would be held liable for either monetary repayment of the scholarship or for active military service in enlisted status immediately if you drop out of college, or upon graduation if you stay in college. If a medical issue precludes you from being commissioned, then the obligation would most likely be dismissed. If you are dropped from the program because of your own misconduct or inaptitude, you could be required to reimburse the Navy for your tuition and book expenditures at the discretion of the Secretary of the Navy.
Can I go from the NROTC program directly into medical school and serve my obligated time as a Navy doctor?
Maybe. It is highly competitive, and the NROTC program is not geared to produce these types of officers. At this time, only about twenty-five NROTC midshipmen nationwide are given permission to apply to medical school each year. If admitted to a medical school, they would attend immediately following graduation. Under this program, students would begin to serve their obligation following their residency. To enter this program, the student must first be permitted to apply to medical school as an NROTC student, and then must gain acceptance into a medical school.
What about graduate school? Is there any way to go directly to graduate school, and to serve the obligated military service after graduate school?
That is a possibility, but not a very likely one unless you have an exceptional record of undergraduate academic work. Across the nation, a few top students are selected each year to go on to graduate school, but the vast majority will be expected to enter the military after graduation. Keep in mind, though, that the Navy and Marine Corps have their own Postgraduate School in Monterey, California, and you would be eligible for assignment there after your initial sea tours to obtain a graduate degree in the field of your choice while receiving full pay.
Can I be guaranteed flight school after graduation?
The Navy does not give such a guarantee. However, experience has shown that solid academic performance, high scores on the electronic aviation service test battery (ASTB-E) exam, and being physically qualified for aviation will give a midshipman an excellent chance of getting his or her aviation choice.
Would I get the choice of the duty I want after graduation?
Most likely. Just before the beginning of the senior year our students are asked to state their duty preferences, and most will get their first choice of duty. There are prerequisites for certain duty preference, such as being physically qualified for aviation or passing a screening interview to pursue a career aboard nuclear powered ships and submarines.
Do NROTC graduates have the same opportunities as Naval Academy graduates when it comes time for duty assignments after graduation?
Yes. NROTC and Academy graduates have identical opportunities to go into the fields of their choice. When it comes time to state duty preferences and to be selected for duty assignments, the students with the higher academic and aptitude rankings, regardless of where they go to school, will be most likely to receive their first choice of assignments.
What obligation do I owe as a College Program Midshipman with Advance Standing that is commissioned?
College Program midshipmen are obligated to serve a minimum of 3 years of active duty service with 5 years of Individual Ready Reserve service (or IRR, which is much less restrictive than the regular reserves), for a total of 8 years of commissioned service. The length of active duty is extended to 6 years for Naval Flight Officers and 8 years for Pilots and this obligation begins upon completion of flight school.