The Navy ROTC Program, also known as NROTC, was established with one primary goal in mind: to develop sailors mentally, physically, and morally while commissioning college graduates as naval officers.
If you are a high school or college student with thoughts of enlisting in the Navy in the future, you may not have to wait nearly as long as you thought. With the help of the NROTC Program, you can put yourself on the path to serving your country soon enough.
Before you do anything, you need to become familiar with the many requirements of this program:
– United States citizen or national
– Not younger than 17 years old by September 1 of the year starting college or older than 23 on December 31 of that year
– Must not be older than 27 by December 31 of the year in which you expect to graduate and be commissioned
– If you have prior military experience you may be eligible for an age adjustment based on the number of years you have previously served
– High school diploma or equivalency by August 1 of the year you expect to join the NROTC Program
– Physically qualified to become part of the Navy or Marine Corps
As a student, you can apply for one of three distinct programs: Navy, Nurse, or Marine Corps. Speak with the representative of each program at your college (or a local recruiter) to get a better idea of what each one offers.
When can I Apply?
Many students are under the impression that they have to wait until they enroll in college to start the application process. However, this is not the case. You can begin the application process during the second semester of your junior year in high school.
With hundreds of colleges and universities in the United States that offer an NROTC Program, finding the right institution should be easy enough.