Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NRTOC)
The NROTC program is an officer accession point for the United States Navy and Marine Corps. Upon graduation and subsequent commissioning, naval officers are ordered to active duty service primarily in the aviation, submarine, and surface warfare communities. Marine Corps commissioners report to the Marine Corps Basic School for further training and follow-up assignments in various specialties.
The program’s objective is to provide students with the basic concepts and principles that they will need as commissioned officers in the naval service. NROTC students receive an educational background in the basics of naval science, principles of leadership and management, and requirements for national security. This background allows later participation in advanced naval education programs. As an NROTC student, you enroll in one of the three categories outlined below.
NROTC Scholarship Students
The NROTC scholarship pays for tuition, fees, and a portion of textbooks. The Navy also provides uniforms and a monthly subsistence allowance. Scholarship students must complete the naval science curriculum and take summer cruises of four to six weeks between academic years, usually aboard Navy ships, submarines, or Marine Corps Bulldog Training.
Four-year scholarship students are selected through a nation-wide competition. Selection criteria are derived from SAT or ACT scores, high school academic performance, and extracurricular activities. The Naval Recruiting Command administers the selection process. However, the Morehouse College NROTC unit provides guidance and information to applicants.
Non-scholarship students interested in a naval commission may apply for the NROTC college program. In this program, the Navy provides uniforms and naval science textbooks. College program students are eligible to compete for a one-, two- or three-year NROTC scholarship as described above. NROTC College Program requirements include the completion of the naval science curriculum and participation in a summer cruise between the junior and senior years.
Interested students may apply at the NROTC unit or through the director of admissions. The application process includes a review of previous academic performance and an interview.
Two-year Scholarship Program
Sophomore students who have not been enrolled in the NROTC program may become NROTC midshipmen by applying and competing nationally for a two-year NROTC scholarship. This scholarship provides tuition, fees, labs, and textbooks for the junior and senior years. Those selected for the program attend six weeks of training in Newport, R.I., which takes the place of the first two years of naval science classes. Upon successful completion of this training, the students join the NROTC unit on an equal footing with other NROTC students in their junior year of naval science classes.
Program Course of Study Requirements
Naval Science Curriculum
In addition to the required naval science courses, all Navy Option Scholarship Students are required to take two semesters of calculus, two semesters of calculus-based physics, and one semester of American history, national security and world culture, or regional studies. Any additional requirements are based on the student’s choice of a technical or nontechnical major, Navy or Marine selection, and scholarship or non-scholarship status. Any College-approved major is acceptable, though technical majors are preferred. Students should obtain a complete description of academic requirements from the NROTC unit and their class adviser.
Some naval science courses are not accepted by certain majors and do not count toward degree requirements. Students should be prepared to take a heavier course load in matriculating through the NROTC program. For specific naval science courses, there are no prerequisites.
Naval Science Minor
A total of 15 credit hours is required for the Naval Science Minor. Twelve of these credit hours are required courses: HNSC 101 Introduction to Naval Science, HNSC 102 Seapower and Maritime Affairs, HNSC 401 Leadership and Management, and HNSC 402 Leadership and Ethics. The remaining three credit hours can come from any one of the remaining HNSC 200- through 400-level courses not previously specified as a required course for the minor.
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