The Department of Naval Science develops future officers mentally, morally, and physically,
and instills in them the highest ideals of duty, loyalty, and core values of Honor,
Courage, and Commitment in order to commission college graduates as Naval officers.
These students will possess a basic professional background, will be 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,
The general requirements for enrollment in the NROTC are:
1. Be a United States citizen or national;
2. 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;
3. 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 waiver equal to the number
of months served. Those granted the maximum age waiver must not have reached their
30th birthday by 31 December of the year graduation and commissioning are anticipated;
4. Meet physical requirements;
5. Possess a high school diploma or equivalent certificate;
6. Be accepted for admission as a full-time student at the University of Memphis.
NATIONAL FOUR-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP
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.
The College Program is an alternative route into 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
NAVAL SCIENCES MINOR
Completion of 18 semester hours in the following: NAVY 1500, 1600, 2500, 4600 (9 hours
total); and select three courses from the following electives: NAVY 2600, 3500, 3520,
3600, 3620, 4500 or 4520.
The Naval Science Minor and all Naval Science courses do not require enrollment in
the Naval ROTC program and are open to all University of Memphis students.