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PROGRAM  INFO

The Navy Reserve Officers Training Program (Navy ROTC) is a multi-year program that runs concurrently with a student’s normal college or university educational course of study. In addition to a normal academic workload leading to a Baccalaureate degree, Navy ROTC students attend classes in Naval Science, participate in the Navy ROTC unit for drill, physical training, and other activities, and are generally taught the leadership principles and high ideals of a military officer.

During the summer break between school years, Navy ROTC students participate in a variety of training activities. These sessions help students understand various career options as well as familiarize them with a military life.

For these items see the Tabbed Sub-Pages below.

 

New Student Indoctrination

*** Update as of 26 JUL - NSI 1 Complete! - NSI 2 Complete! - Return to this site for updated information regarding NSI 2022 ***


New Student Indoctrination

NSI 2021 Information and Instructions

 

Mission of NSI

The mission of New Student Indoctrination (NSI) is to provide standardized basic military instruction to Midshipmen Candidates in order to facilitate successful integration of new students into Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps and college life.

The below videos provide a brief introduction to students and parents:

NSI Student Intro:  https://www.dvidshub.net/video/730914/nrotc-nsi-student-introduction-video

NSI Parent Intro:  https://www.dvidshub.net/video/730904/nrotc-nsi-parents-and-family-introduction-video

NSI 2019 Wrap Up:  https://www.dvidshub.net/video/730907/2019-nrotc-new-student-indoc-wrap-up

 

NSI 2021 Iteration Dates

Iteration 1: 28 May – 24 June

Iteration 2: 25 June – 22 July
 

Midshipmen Candidates will be assigned to an NSI iteration and notified via email.  In the event that a hard conflict is identified (i.e. high school graduation, etc.) please notify your respective NROTC unit to coordinate reassignment.
 

To best ensure the health and wellness of all Midshipmen Candidates and supporting staff, a two-week Restriction of Movement (ROM) has been built into the schedule. During this time Midshipmen Candidates will engage in classroom-type training and knowledge book study.
 

Limited physical training will also be conducted. At the end of ROM, Midshipmen Candidates will complete the medical screening process and execute the next two weeks of NSI training.
 

NSI is held at the Navy’s Quarterdeck – Recruit Training Command (RTC) in Great Lakes, IL.
 

 

Administrative and Medical Paperwork

In order to participate in NSI, Midshipmen Candidates are required to complete the paperwork requirements detailed below and BRING DOCUMENTS WITH THEM on the day of their arrival.
 

***For those that will NOT be 18 years of age by the day of arrival to their assigned iteration, two pieces of documentation need to be provided in advance.

  • Standard Release form: must be signed in the presence of a notary public
  • DD Form 2870: requires parent signature

All other forms (listed below) are required to be brought on the day of arrival.
 

***For 17-year-olds submitting the Standard Release form and DD Form 2870 in advance – DO NOT include Personal Identifiable Information (PII) on either one of these forms. This includes your address, date of birth, and social security number. This information will be added upon your arrival. Your completed forms (**with no PII**) must be scanned and sent by email to NROTC_CMGO@navy.mil.
 

***For those that do not have a DoD Physical Qualification letter or a signed waiver granted by the time of NSI iteration start date, DD Form 2807-2 and Pre-Participation Physical must be sent in advance of arrival.
 

These forms can be sent by physical mail to:

Naval Service Training Command
Attn: Candidate Midshipmen Guidance Office
2601A Paul Jones Street
Great Lakes, IL 60088

Or, sent electronically via DoD SAFE ( https://safe.apps.mil/ ). If utilizing DoD SAFE, a request for drop-off can be requested through the CMGO at NROTC_CMGO@navy.mil.
 

For specific questions regarding required paperwork, please contact your NROTC unit. An FAQ is also provided to answer any questions you may have.
 

The NSI Package Checklist is included to ensure all requirements are met. Print, utilize, and sign this form and include it in the paperwork submitted on day of arrival.
 

Administrative Requirements:

  New Student Indoctrination Information Sheet

  NROTC Standard Release Form 2021 Updated

  Military Orders (provided by your NROTC unit)

  Valid ID

Medical Requirements:

  1 of the following:

(1) DoDMERB Physical Qualification Letter OR
(2) NSTC Medical Waiver Letter OR
(3) both Report of Medical History (DD Form 2807-2) AND Preparticipation Physical Evaluation/Physical Examination Form

  Authorization for Disclosure of the Medical or Dental Information (DD Form 2870)***

  Copy of your Immunization Record – see checklist for additional details

 

Candidate Midshipmen Guidance Office Contact Info

 

NSI Pre-Arrival Physical Training Guide

Looking for a physical training plan to prepare for NSI? Download the NSI Pre-Arrival Physical Training Guide

 

 

Day Of

 

What to Bring:  Only those items listed on the packing list.

 

What to wear:  Appropriate business casual civilian attire (polo shirts, shorts/pants) and within proper grooming standards. Grooming standards are outlined here:
https://www.mynavyhr.navy.mil/References/US-Navy-Uniforms/Uniform-Regulations/Chapter-2/2201-Personal-Appearance/

 

Cell Phones/Electronic Devices:  Upon arrival, Midshipmen Candidates will be asked to turn off their phones and keep them off for the duration of NSI. Books and kindles will be authorized during the Restriction of Movement (ROM) period.

 

 

Arrival and Departure


Arrival

If you are flying in on Friday 28 May (NSI 1) or Friday 25 June (NSI 2) please follow the below instructions,

 

Upon arrival to Chicago O'Hare International Airport, go to the USO located at Terminal 2, Mezzanine Level of the Rotunda, G Concourse, pre-security. Our staff will not be located at the USO located in Terminal 3, post-security.

  • All Midshipmen Candidates will be checked in by our staff at the USO located at Terminal 2. From there, you will be moved to the buses for transportation to Naval Station Great Lakes.
  • Flyers must arrive at Chicago O’Hare International Airport no earlier than 0500 (5 AM) and no later than 1700 (5 PM).
  • For flights arriving prior to 1100 (11AM), lunch will be provided. Dinner will be provided for all Midshipmen Candidates regardless of flight arrival time.

If you are being dropped off Friday 28 May (NSI 1) or Friday 25 June (NSI 2) please follow the below instructions.

 
  • The check-in location will be at the National Museum of the American Sailor located at Building 42, 610 Farragut Ave, Great Lakes, IL, 60088. This building is located off-base.
  • Drivers must arrive at the National Museum of the American Sailor no earlier than 0800 (8 AM) and no later than 1100 (11 AM).
  • Our staff will check-in all Midshipmen Candidates at the parking lot of the National Museum of the American Sailor. From there, Midshipmen Candidates will be moved to the buses for transportation to Naval Station Great Lakes to begin in-processing.
  • Lunch and dinner will be provided after check-in for Midshipmen Candidates.
 


Departure

 

  • Upon completion of graduation, those Midshipmen Candidates that will be flying home will be immediately taken to Chicago O'Hare International Airport via buses.
    • Outbound flights should not be booked any earlier than 1400 (2 PM).
  • Midshipmen Candidates that are being picked up by family members and friends will be bussed to the National Museum of the American Sailor at Building 42, 610 Farragut Ave, Great Lakes, IL, 60088 for pickup. This building is located off base.
    • Expect Midshipmen Candidates to be ready for pick-up beginning at 1100 (11 AM).
  • Midshipmen Candidates will be required to check-out with NSI Staff prior to departure.

 

Ceremonial Oath and Graduation

 

Unfortunately, due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, guests will not be permitted at the Ceremonial Oath or Graduation ceremonies. These events will take place on the following dates:

NSI 1 Ceremonial Oath: 13 June
NSI 1 Graduation: 24 June

NSI 2 Ceremonial Oath: 11 July
NSI 2 Graduation: 22 July 

These events will be recorded and posted the following day on the NROTC Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NavalReserveOfficersTrainingCorps



NROTC Scholarships

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS

 
  • In addition to the below, some universities have chosen to provide additional benefits to NROTC Students. For more information, click here
  • Full tuition at one of the listed colleges or universities. Questions regarding payment of tuition, fees, books, and stipends should be directed toward the specific Navy ROTC Unit.
  • All mandatory fees imposed by the School on all full-time undergraduate students.
  • Stipend for text books
    • Currently $750 per academic year ($375 per semester or $250 per quarter)
  • Provide uniforms and Naval Science textbooks
  • Three summer cruises
  • Subsistence allowance each academic month:
    • Freshmen - $250/month
    • Sophomore - $300/month
    • Junior - $350/month
    • Senior - $400/month

THE SCHOLARSHIP DOES NOT COVER:

  • Any fee due to withdrawing, failing or repeating a course.
  • Any fee for tuition above or in addition to those normally charged that are for an elective course not required in a degree or to fulfill any Navy ROTC program requirements.
  • Refundable fees, such as deposits.
  • Charges incurred for breaking or damaging property.
  • Fees assessed by the School for failure to comply with any School requirement.
  • Fees for advance placement examinations.
  • Medical or dental insurance.
  • Any aviation associated fees to include, but not limited to, aviation instruction, licensing, or fuel fees, aircraft rental fees, ground instruction, maintenance or service fees. Students may choose to pursue a degree requiring these types of flight instruction or fees; however they will be fully responsible for all such fees associated with that training.
  • Room and Board
    • Some schools offer Room and Board assistance to Navy ROTC scholarship recipients. Contact the schools that you are interested in attending for information on their policy.
  • The length of scholarship benefits is predicated upon the student's degree plan. Students will receive scholarship benefits only for the time required to receive their Baccalaureate Degree or 4 years, whichever comes first. Students entering the NROTC program who have already earned college credit are expected to maximize the use of those earned credits towards their degree plans and strive to complete the program and commission in the shortest time possible. If additional benefits are necessary, students may request and, in some cases, be granted fifth-year benefits.
  • Scholarship Selectees must meet Navy ROTC Program standards within the first academic year after the stated scholarship offer begin date listed in their scholarship notification letter or their scholarship offer will be rescinded.
  

TWO AND THREE-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP BENEFITS

  • Full tuition at one of the listed colleges or universities. Questions regarding payment of tuition, fees, books and stipends should be directed toward the specific Navy ROTC Unit.
  • All colleges/university educational fees
  • Provide uniforms and Naval Science textbooks
  • Summer Cruise
  • 3-Year will receive 2 cruises
  • 2-Year will receive 1 cruise
  • Stipend for text books
  • Currently $750 per academic year ($375 per semester or $250 per quarter)
  • Subsistence allowance each academic month:
    • Sophomore - $300/month
    • Junior - $350/month
    • Senior - $400/month

THE SCHOLARSHIP DOES NOT COVER:

  • Any fee due to withdrawing, failing or repeating a course
  • Any fee of tuition above or in addition to those normally charged that are for an elective course not required in a degree or to fulfill any Navy ROTC program requirements.
  • Refundable fees, such as deposits
  • Charges incurred for breaking or damaging property.
  • Fees assessed by the School for failure to comply with any School requirement
  • Fees for advance placement examinations
  • Medical or dental insurance
  • Any aviation associated fees to include, but not limited to, aviation instruction, licensing, or fuel fees, aircraft rental fees, ground instruction, maintenance or service fees.  Students may choose to pursue a degree requiring these types of flight instruction or fees; however they will be fully responsible for all such fees associated with that training.
  • Room and Board
    • Some schools offer Room and Board assistance to Navy ROTC scholarship recipients. Contact the schools that you are interested in attending for information on their policy.
  • Length of the scholarship is predicated upon the student’s degree plan. Students will receive scholarship benefits only for the time required to complete their baccalaureate degree or initial length of scholarship, whichever comes first.
  

NAVY ROTC COLLEGE PROGRAM

  • Provides uniforms and Naval Science textbooks.
  • College Program students selected for "advanced standing" receive a stipend for maximum of 20 months. Advance standing is only available starting the junior year of college. Stipend per academic month is $350 junior year and $400 senior year.
NROTC Scholarship Opportunities

NATIONAL SCHOLARSHIPS

National Scholarship Eligibility Requirements

National Scholarship Application Process

  

TWO AND THREE-YEAR SCHOLARSHIPS

Two and Three-Year Eligibility Requirements

Same basic requirements as the National scholarship with the following additional requirements;

  • Must have at least 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours) but no more than 120 semester hours (180 quarter hours).
  • Must have a minimum college GPA of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale).
  • Must be admitted to or in process of gaining admittance to school affiliated with the Navy ROTC Unit from which they are being nominated.

Navy or Nurse Option Two and Three-Year Scholarship Application Process

You must apply via the Navy ROTC unit of the university you wish to attend.

You must conduct an Navy ROTC Applicant Fitness Assessment (AFA) and provide your scores to the Navy ROTC Unit from which they are seeking a nomination in order for their application to be considered complete and forwarded for consideration by the selection board.

See the following links for details of how to conduct the AFA:

To apply you must complete the application below, obtain the required documents and submit your application to the Professor of Naval Science and the university you wish to attend.

Contents of application:

Marine Option Two and Three-Year Scholarship Application Process

Applicants must contact the Marine Office Instructor at the Navy ROTC Unit they are planning on attending for details on the application process.
 

Two and Three-Year Scholarship Supplemental Forms

NROTC Program Applicant Personal Data Record
NSTC 1533-112 (06-14) Statement of Understanding for NROTC Applications
NSTC 1533-129 (06-14) Statement of Understanding for NROTC Nurse Applications
NSTC 1533-102 (06-14) Debarment & Suspension
NSTC 1533-101 (06-14) Drug Statement for Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
Marine Option SOU

  

NAVY ROTC COLLEGE PROGRAM

  • Applicants selected from students already attending or accepted by colleges with Navy ROTC programs
  • Provides uniforms and Naval Science textbooks.
  • College Program students selected for "advanced standing" receive a stipend for maximum of 20 months. Advance standing is only available starting the junior year of college. Stipend per academic month is $350 junior year and $400 senior year.
    • Students will complete naval science and other university courses, a few specific university courses, and attend one summer training session
    • Normally at sea for Navy midshipmen
    • Normally at Quantico, VA for Marine Corps midshipmen
  • On graduation, two- and four-year College Program midshipmen may be commissioned ensigns in the Naval Service or second lieutenants in the Marine Corps
  

OTHER SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

Navy Option Only

Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Scholarship Program


Marine Option Only

Frederick C. Branch Leadership Scholarship

General Pedro Del Valle Leadership Scholarship

  

NROTC Preparatory Scholarship Reservations

 

NROTC Preparatory Scholarship Reservations (NPSR) Program


Scholarship Selection Criteria

Scholarship Selection Criteria


   

You may start the process of applying during the second semester of your junior year of high school.  Students may apply for only one of the three scholarship program options-Navy, Nurse or Marine Corps.  Before the application can be finalized and forwarded for selection consideration, you must ensure that a copy of your complete transcript, including your entire junior year, is forwarded to your recruiter.

Students w/30 or more semester hours or 45 or more quarter hours of college credit upon application are not eligible for four-year Navy ROTC Scholarships; these students should see professors of naval  science at host university's Navy ROTC unit to discuss other scholarship opportunities. (See the Scholarship Opportunities Tab on this same "Program-Info" page.)

Active duty Navy applicants are ineligible to apply for Navy ROTC. Active members of other branches of the military may apply if granted a conditional release. Individuals who are scheduled for boot camp may apply but cannot report to boot camp before a decision is made on their application.  If they wish to report to boot camp prior to a decision being made they must withdraw their application in writing.

NAVY

 

ACADEMIC MAJOR - TIER

The Navy is preparing our officer corps of the future to meet the dynamic challenges in the next generation of technology and leadership. In structuring our academic programs to meet these challenges, undergraduate academic majors for Navy ROTC Navy option midshipmen are divided into three categories or tiers: Tier 1 - engineering programs of Navy interest, Tier 2 - other engineering, math and science programs, Tier 3 - Foreign language and remaining academic programs. In order to keep pace in this high tech and diverse environment, approximately 85% of Navy Option Navy ROTC scholarships offers will be awarded to students interested in completing a Tier 1 or Tier 2 academic major. The Navy ROTC scholarship provides full tuition and fees at 166 of our nation's most elite and prestigious colleges and universities.

Tier 1 Academic Majors

Aerospace, Aeronautical, Astronautical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Electrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Naval Architecture & Marine/Naval Engineering
Nuclear Engineering
Ocean Engineering
Systems Engineering

Tier 2 Academic Majors

Agricultural/Biological Engineering & Bioengineering
Architectural Engineering/Architectural Engineering Technologies
Astrophysics
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Biotechnology
Cell/Cellular Biology & Anatomical Sciences
Ceramic Sciences & Engineering
Chemistry
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Programming
Computer Science/Info. Tech.
Construction Engineering
Electronics & Comm. Engineering
Engineering Mechanics
Engineering Physics
Engineering Science

 

General Engineering
General Science
Industrial Engineering
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mathematics
Metallurgical Engineering
Microbiological Sciences and Immunology
Mining & Mineral Engineering
Nuclear & Industrial Radiologic Technology
Oceanography
Petroleum Engineering
Pharmacology & Toxicology
Physics
Physiology, Pathology & Related Sciences
Polymer/Plastics Engineering
Quantitative Economics
Statistics
Textile Sciences & Engineering

 

We realize that some of the academic majors listed above may not match word-for-word the majors offered at each of the more than 166 colleges and universities partnered with Navy ROTC. If you have questions about how a major at a particular school fits into our Navy ROTC academic major tier categories or our language program, please contact the Navy ROTC unit located at that school. Or, you can contact the Navy ROTC scholarship office at  grlk_nrotc.scholarship@navy.mil

Tier 3 Academic Majors

Students interested in pursuing Tier 3 academic majors (all other academic majors not listed in Tier 1 or Tier 2) should examine the opportunities available in the Navy’s Language Skills, Regional Expertise, and Cultural Awareness (LREC) Program.  Annually, the Navy will offer this program to 20 - 30 students. Attainment of a specific level of language proficiency is not required by the Navy ROTC LREC program.

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LREC - TIER 3

Regions/cultural areas and languages available for study are listed below.  Selected languages and regional/cultural areas must be related.

Regional/Cultural Areas

Africa
  1. Sub-Sahara
  2. North Africa
Central Asia
East Asia/China
Middle/Central/Latin America
Middle East
South Asia
Southeast Asia
Southwest Asia
Russia/Eastern Europe

Foreign Languages

Arabic
Cambodian
Central Asian Lang.
Chinese
Dari
Farsi
French

Hebrew
Hindi
Indonesian
Japanese
Kurdish
Malay
Pashto

Persian
Portuguese
Russian
Serbo-Croatian
Somali
Spanish

Swahili
Tagalog
Thai
Turkish
Urdu
Vietnamese

For the LREC program you are required to either:

1) Major in a foreign language required by the Navy and complete four (4) associated classes (12 semester credit hours) in a region/cultural area associated with the selected language; or
2) Major in a region/cultural area required by the navy and complete four (4) associated classes (12 semester credit hours) in a foreign language associated with the region/cultural area.

The Navy will activate scholarships upon the satisfactory development of a degree plan with the host Navy ROTC unit and university and upon enrollment in the assigned academic major.  Navy ROTC midshipmen may lose their scholarship if they request a change from Tier 1 or Tier 2 major to a Tier 3 major.  Similarly, Tier 3 LREC majors may lose their scholarship if they depart their course of study prior to graduation.

Academic majors listed in each Tier may vary year to year dependent on the Navy's requirements, however once accepted into an academic major and Tier, a student’s Tier status will not change.

A student may request a modification from their original academic major. Changing from a Tier 1, Tier 2, or LREC major requires approval from a formal panel and will be based on the needs of the Navy.

Apply for and gain admission to Navy ROTC colleges (not required during selection process, but notification of admission must be received before scholarship can be activated)

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NROTC Preparatory Programs (NPP)

NROTC PREPARATORY PROGRAMS (NPP)



 

The NROTC Preparatory Programs (NPP) Office mission is to expand NROTC opportunities to produce a more diverse representative and capable Naval Officer Corps. The office supports talented and motivated disadvantaged students who lack competitive academic resumes. Preparatory programs assist these students in closing preparedness gaps with typical applicants to the most selective university STEM programs.
 

Prior to 2019, no programs existed to help individuals whose family, social, or economic circumstances hindered their ability to prepare for entry into a Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) program and/or compete for scholarships. In August 2019 to address this gap, Commander Naval Service Training Command established the NROTC preparatory programs office. The office is NSTC’s focal point for development and coordination of programs to expand Navy leadership opportunities.
 

During its first year the NROTC Prep Programs Office has helped prepare over 150 applicants for success in the NROTC scholarship program. Detailed information on the various preparatory programs can be found at the below links:
 

link to NPSR   NROTC Preparatory Scholarship Reservations (NPSR):  An expanded partnership with numerous NROTC affiliated universities. Universities or privately funded one year NROTC Preparatory Scholarships (NPS) are designed to improve students' academic and life skills to the point that they are prepared to compete in the rigorous academic challenges associated with the four year NROTC program. Participants may earn scholarships that cover 5 years of college tuition.

 

link to PLANS   Pathways-to-Leadership: Accelerated Navy STEM (PLANS):  An opportunity for disadvantaged high school seniors with interest in pursuing STEM careers to work with near peer (college freshmen and sophomore) mentors and proven online development tools to improve their competitiveness for entry into university STEM programs.

 

link to Bio   Senior Program Manager, NROTC Preparatory Programs
 
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