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What is expected of me in NROTC?

Yale NROTC Midshipmen are required to complete the course of study prescribed by their Yale degree program. Midshipmen are required to enroll in one Naval Science course each semester in addition to other NROTC-specific academic requirements outlined here. Midshipmen must also enroll in the Naval Science Lab where they are exposed to formal drill, military science presentations, guest lectures and practical sessions in Naval Science course work. Midshipmen are required to wear uniforms to weekly Naval Science Lab periods and other battalion activities.

Participating in the NROTC program does not preclude involvement in other campus or community organizations, sports, or activities. On average, we expect midshipmen to devote approximately 10-12 hours a week to the NROTC program. This includes:

  • Naval Science classes two times per week
  • Naval Science Lab once a week
  • Physical training 1-3 times per week
  • Extracurricular activities: Drill Team/Color Guard/Community Service

During the summer, midshipmen take part in summer training cruises aboard ships or submarines, with aircraft squadrons or in the field with Marine Corps units. Overall, midshipmen have found their summer cruise experiences very rewarding. In addition to the hands on training opportunities alongside Sailors and Marines in the Fleet, midshipmen gain valuable insight regarding future service assignment.