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NROTC Program

Mission

To develop future officers mentally, morally, and physically, and to instill in them the highest ideals of duty, loyalty, and the core values of Honor, Courage, and Commitment in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers who possess a basic professional background, are motivated toward careers in the Naval Service, and have a potential for future development in mind and character so as to assume the highest responsibilities of command, citizenship, and government.

Goals

The primary objectives are to provide students with:

  • An understanding of the fundamental concepts and principles of Naval Science.

  • A basic understanding of associated professional knowledge.

  • An appreciation of the requirements for national security.

  • A strong sense of personal integrity, honor, and individual responsibility.

  • An educational background which will allow students to perform successfully in their careers, pursue continuing education in a field of application, and further their interest in the Naval Service.

  • A high state of physical readiness.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for enrollment as an NROTC Midshipmen, an applicant must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a United States citizen or national;

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

  • Be at least 17 years of age on or before 1 September of the year of enrollment and less than 27 years of age on 31 December of the year an applicant expects to graduate, complete all NROTC training requirements, and be commissioned. Those with prior or current active duty in the Armed Forces may be granted age waivers equal to the number of months served. Those granted the maximum age waiver must not have reached their 30th birthday by 31 December of year graduation and commissioning are anticipated;

  • Meet physical requirements;

  • Possess a high school diploma or equivalent certificate;

  • Be accepted for admission as a full-time student at The University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, or Rhodes College.

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National Four-Year Scholarship

General

Recipients of National Four-Year scholarships are selected from applicants through a national competition. Applicants apply for either Navy Option or Marine option and selectees are appointed midshipmen in either the United States Naval Reserve (USNR) or United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR), as appropriate. Selectees also are granted the compensation and benefits authorized by law and current policy not to exceed four years (40 months or 50 months with approved fifth year benefits). During this period, the government pays for college tuition, authorized fees, a textbook stipend, a subsistence allowance as prescribed by law and Navy policy, and provides uniforms or compensation in lieu.

Application

In order to be considered for a National Four-Year Scholarship, individuals apply via the NROTC website.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for enrollment in the Four-Year Scholarship Program, an applicant must meet the general midshipman requirements specified above (NROTC Program Eligibility Requirements) and the following additional requirements:

  • Have completed less than 30 credit hours of college level course work.

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College Program

General

The College Program is an alternative route into the the NROTC program, and is for individuals who were not selected for a national scholarship or who did not apply for a national scholarship. Individuals can apply for the College Program at anytime.  College Program students receive no monetary benefit from being in the program, but are given all uniforms.

Application

The University of Memphis Commanding Officer is authorized to select students for the College Program.  The following three forms must be submitting to either the Marine Officer Instructor (Marines College Program applicants) or the Navy Recruiting Officer (Navy College Program applicants):

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for enrollment in the College Program, an applicant must meet the general midshipman requirements specified above (NROTC Program Eligibility Requirements) and the following additional requirements:

  • Be motivated to serve as a commissioned officer in the Naval service;

  • Be a U.S. or naturalized citizen or have submitted naturalization paperwork;

  • Be enrolled as a full-time student at the University of Memphis, Christian Brothers University, or Rhodes College;

  • Have no apparent physically disqualifying factors based on a review of the Report of Medical History DD Form 2807-1;

  • Have the ability to meet the height/weight requirements;

  • Have no felony conviction or conviction by courts-martial;

  • Not be awaiting criminal trial or sentencing, or be under any other type of military or civil restraint as a result of violation of law or regulation, or have been convicted of an offense the nature of which renders the applicant unfit for commissioned service;

  • Marine Option applicants must have one of the following minimum test scores: 21 - ACT (composite), 1000 - SAT (math and critical reading combined), or a 74 - Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT).

  • Navy Option applicants must have one of the following minimum test scores: 24 - ACT (composite), 1130 - SAT (math and critical reading combined), or a 74 - Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT).
  • Meet Department of the Navy requirements concerning use of drugs or alcohol;

  • Have no body piercings and tattoos that violate Navy or Marine Corps policy, as applicable; and

  • Have at least six semesters of college coursework remaining until they receive a degree.

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National Two-Year Scholarship

General

Recipients of a National Two-Year Scholarship are selected through a national competition from non-College Program applicants who meet the eligibility criteria and have at least two years of academic study remaining toward a baccalaureate degree. Those selected are appointed MIDN U.S. Navy or Marine Corps Reserve upon reporting for enrollment in the NROTC advanced course. They qualify for enrollment in the Advanced Course by successfully completing Naval Science Institute (NSI). Students enrolled as Two-Year Scholarship Program students have the same privileges and obligations as those enrolled in the Four-Year Scholarship Program.

Application

To be considered for a National Two-Year Scholarship, individuals need to submit applications through The University of Memphis NROTC unit no later than January of the year prior to their next to last year of school (second year in a four-year program/third year in a five year program).

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for enrollment in the Two-Year Scholarship Program, an applicant must meet the general midshipman requirements specified above (NROTC Program Eligibility Requirements) and the following additional requirements:

  • Have completed at least two full academic years of college and have a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 or better;

  • Be accepted for matriculation as a junior (third year in a four-year program/fourth year in a five-year program) at The University of Memphis, Christian Brother University, or Rhodes College; and

  • Except for Marine Option, Nurse Corps Program, or College Program applicants, have completed or be close to completing one year (two semesters or three-quarters) of differential and integral calculus (approved sequence) of one real variable with grades of ā€œCā€ or better in each course.

  • Marine Option applicants must have one of the following minimum test scores: 21 - ACT (composite), 1000 - SAT (math and critical reading combined), or 74 - Armed Forces Qualification Test (AFQT).

  • Are not enrolled in the College Program. Students taking Naval Science courses but not enrolled in the College Program are eligible to apply for the Two-Year Scholarship Program.

Naval Science Institute

Those selected for a Two-Year Scholarship will receive orders to report to the Naval Science Institute (NSI) at Officer Training Command (OTC) in June, after completion of their sophomore year of college (or after the third year of a five-year curriculum). NSI is a six-week course of instruction in Naval Science and drills which is similar to that required of NROTC students during their freshman and sophomore years.  While at NSI, students will receive the pay of Officer Candidate (equivalent to an E-5 less than two years), uniforms, room and board. An individual will not be allowed to proceed to their NROTC unit without successful completion of NSI.

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