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General Questions

What are the program entrance requirements for the NROTC Program×
  • U.S. Citizenship, a Naturalized U.S. Citizen or in process of becoming a Naturalized U.S. Citizen Note: If selected, must be a U.S. Citizen in order to activate the scholarship.

  • Not less than 17 years old by Sept. 1 of year starting college and no more than 23 on December 31 of that year.

  • Must not have reached 27th birthday by December 31 of year in which graduation and commissioning are anticipated

  • Applicants with prior military service may be eligible for age adjustments for amount of time equal to their prior service, on month-by-month basis, for maximum of 36 months, if they will not reach 30th birthday by December 31 of year graduation and commissioning are anticipated

  • High school graduation or equivalency certificate by August 1 of year of entrance into four-year NROTC Scholarship program

  • No moral obligations or personal convictions that prevent conscientious bearing of arms and supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign or domestic or to taking an oath to perform such acts.

  • Medically qualified by Navy or Marine Corps standards

  • You must not have any body piercing or tattoos that violate Navy or Marine Corps policy.

  • Students with 30 or more semester hours or 45 or more quarter hours of college credit upon application are not eligible for four-year NROTC Scholarships; these students should see professors of naval science at host university’s NROTC unit to discuss other scholarship opportunities. Note: College credits anticipated to be earned by June of the application year count towards the College credit limit.

  • You must be within Navy or Marine Corps height/weight standards when you report.

  • Apply for and gain admission to an approved NROTC college or university. Admission to an NROTC institution is not required during the selection process; however, notification of admission must be received before the scholarship can be activated.

  • Students may apply for only one of 2 program options at NROTC Ohio State – Navy or Marine Corps.

  • Active duty Navy applicants are ineligible to apply for NROTC program through COMNAVCRUITCOM. Active members of other branches of the military may apply if granted a conditional release. Individuals who are scheduled for boot camp may apply provided they complete all required application evolutions (i.e. officer interview, etc.). Applicants shall not ship to Boot Camp RTC prior to notification of selection or non-selection.  Applicants who chose to ship to Boot Camp prior to selection/non-selection notification must notify NSTC (OD2), in writing, that they wish to withdraw their application.

What are the physical/medical requirements?×

Physical fitness is an integral part of being a Naval Officer. Navy option Midshipmen are required to participate in and pass the Physical Fitness Assessment, which is run twice a year. This test includes curl-ups, push-ups, and a 1.5 mile timed run.  Marine option Midshipmen are required to participate in and pass a Physical Fitness Assessment, which includes; crunches, pull-ups, and a 3 mile timed run.

For more information, visit http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/physical_requirements.html

Are there specific dorms that I must live in for NROTC?×

No, there is no designated dorm for NROTC students. Click here for University Housing.

Does the Navy pay for Room and Board?×

No. You must pay for your own Room and Board.

How much time will I spend each week participating in NROTC?×

Most students should expect to spend between 7-10 hours per week with the NROTC Unit.

Monday/Wednesdays – Morning PT Session in Navy PT Uniform (1 hour each)

Thursday – Morning Drill period in Navy Khaki Uniform (1.5 hours)

Fridays – Remedial PT for 1 hour (if below physical fitness standards)

Students will also take a Naval Science class each semester, totaling 3 hours per week. Additionally, incoming freshman have an additional 10 hours of required study hall per week.

Am I limited in the majors that I may choose?×

No, you may choose any major offered by the university. Scholarship students must pursue the major listed on their application. To be competitive for a scholarship as a college program student, Engineering and Technical majors are preferred.

Do I have to wear a uniform everyday?×

No, students typically only have to wear your uniform on the day that we have drill each week.

What is the service commitment time after graduation and Commissioning?×

After receiving a Commission, Navy students are obligated to serve a minimum 5-year service agreement, however some communities require longer commitments. Marine options are obligated to serve 4 years after Commissioning.

Can I participate in the NROTC Program if I go to one of Ohio State’s Regional Campuses?×

No. You must attend Ohio State’s Main Campus in Columbus, Ohio to participate in NROTC Program at OSU.

What are the disqualifying medical conditions for NROTC?×

Applicants are required to schedule a physical examination through the Department of Defense Medical Examination Board. For a full list of medical questions, please visit http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/physical_requirements.html

Can my high school AP Calculus and AP Physics credits earned be applied to my Calculus and Physics requirement?×

Yes, for first semester Calculus and Physics classes only. Students may not use high school credits to fulfill both semesters of the requirement for Calculus and Physics. The second or higher semester of Calculus and Physics must be taken at The Ohio State University.

What type of academic assistance is provided for NROTC students at Ohio State?×

The OSU NROTC Company provides Calculus and Physics tutors to assist Midshipmen through these challenging courses during their academic careers at no cost to the students. Additional tutors may be available on a case-by-case basis.

 

The OSU NROTC Company has its own study rooms and computer lab. These facilities enable the Midshipmen to do homework, write papers, and e-mail professors all from the NROTC unit. Unlike other University labs, these facilities are for Midshipmen use only.

 

What jobs could I have upon graduation and Commissioning from NROTC Ohio State?×

The NROTC program is designed to produce Unresticted Line Officers (Surface Warfare Officers, Submarine Officers, Naval Aviators, SEALS/EOD) and Marine Second Lieutenants. The NROTC program is not designed to produce Restricted Line Officers (Medical Professionals, Lawyers, Supply Officers).

Scholarship Questions

What are the academic scholarship requirements?×

To be considered for an academic scholarship, prospective students must meet the national criteria. For more information, please visit http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarship_criteria.html.

The academic tier groups correspond to the level of technical difficulty associated with each major. The more technically challenging majors (i.e. Mechanical Engineering) are listed as Tier 1 majors while the less technically challenging majors (i.e. History) are listed as Tier 3 majors. Navy and Marine Corps members operate some of the worlds most advanced technology and equipment; thus, the Midshipmen are encouraged to pursue Tier 1 and Tier 2 majors.

How do I get a NROTC Scholarship Application Form?×

The quickest way to get information on NROTC Scholarships and begin the application process is to log on to http://www.nrotc.navy.mil.You can also call 1-800-USA-Navy and request an NROTC scholarship application be sent in the mail.

What does a scholarship cover/not cover?×

For a comprehensive breakdown, visit http://www.nrotc.navy.mil/scholarships.html.

When is the scholarship application deadline?×

Applications may be submitted from 1 April until 31 January for the following academic year. Completed applications will be processed as they are received. Notifications of selection can start as early as September.

If I don’t receive a 4-year scholarship, can I still attend The Ohio State University and eventually receive a scholarship or a commission in the United States Navy or Marine Corps?×

Students who do not get selected for a National NROTC Scholarship can still apply to be a part of the unit as a College Program student. For more information on our College Program, please click here

What if I can’t meet the physical fitness standards upon arrival to the unit?×

If a Scholarship student arrives at the unit and fails to meet the physical fitness standards, their scholarship will not be activated. The student could still participate within the unit as a College Program option.

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