program information is available at the national NROTC
The Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps
(NROTC) Program was established to educate and train qualified young men and
women for service as commissioned officers in the unrestricted line of the Naval
Reserve or Marine Corps Reserve. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine
Corps officers, the NROTC Scholarship Program fills a vital need in preparing
mature young men and women for leadership and management positions in an
increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.
Each year, students compete for scholarships worth $100,000 or more
and are chosen on
the basis of their academic, physical, and moral excellence. The best qualified
applicants are selected through a
highly competitive national selection process and receive full tuition and
other financial benefits at many of the country's leading colleges and
Currently there are 57 NROTC
units/consortiums comprising 69 schools throughout the United States. The NROTC
Program is available at over 100 colleges and universities that host NROTC units
or have cross-town enrollment agreements with a host university.
The George Washington University Battalion is
composed of more than 150 midshipmen, the overwhelming majority of whom have
been awarded scholarships.
The program was established in 1926 to provide a broad base of citizens
knowledgeable in the arts and sciences of Naval Warfare. Initially, the program provided an
opportunity for young men to undertake careers in the naval profession.
In the beginning, there were six NROTC
units located at the University of California at Berkeley, Georgia Institute of
Technology, Northwestern University, University of Washington, and Harvard and
Yale Universities. In June of 1930, 126 midshipmen graduated from college, and
received commissions in the United States Navy. At least 3 of the graduates went
on to obtain flag officer rank.The Marine Corps entered the NROTC Program in
1932, offering qualified NROTC graduates commissions in the United
States Marine Corps. In 1968, Prairie View A&M became the first Historically
Black College (HBC) to host the program. In 1972, the Secretary of the Navy
authorized 16 women to enroll in the program and attend school at one of four
colleges. Women may now participate in the program while attending any NROTC
affiliated college or university. In 1990, the NROTC Scholarship Program was
expanded to include applicants pursuing a four-year degree in Nursing, leading
to a commission in the Navy Nurse Corps.
NROTC midshipmen are required to complete the course of study prescribed by the
college or university they attend. Midshipmen are also required to take
several naval science courses in addition to their college's prescribed
courseload. Due to the increasing compexity of today's Navy, navy option
midshipmen are required to complete the equivalent of two semesters of calculus
before the end of their sophomore year and two semesters of calculus based
physics before the end of their junior year.
|Upon graduation, NROTC Scholarship Program midshipmen are commissioned as
Ensigns in the Naval Reserve or Second Lieutenants in the Marine Corps Reserve.
The service commitment times
vary according to what community in which the graduate has selected to serve.
Because the charter of the NROTC program is to produce Naval Service warriors,
there is no opportunity to go to law school immediately after receiving a
bachelors degree. There is a very limited and exclusive opportunity to go to
medical school upon graduation. However, students who earn national post
graduate scholarships such as Rhodes or Fulbright may apply for a leave of
absence to utilize these scholarships. There are also limited positions
available for outstanding students to take a leave of absence after graduation
to obtain a Masters degree at their own expense. The active duty obligation
commences after completing the baccalaureate degree unless a leave of absence
has been granted.