Navy Option Resources

midshipmen in formation

Commissioning Requirements

To meet the mission of the NROTC program to develop midshipmen morally, mentally and physically, the NROTC program is structured to incorporate a Naval Science course instructed by an active duty officer each semester, a once-monthly Naval Science Lab period, and weekly physical training. Midshipmen must complete all academic, training, and physical standards in order to receive a commission following graduation.

NROTC academic requirements consist of three parts: your university's baccalaureate degree program with a selected academic major, NROTC-specified courses, and Naval Science courses.   

Navy Option Scholarship course requirements

In addition to the courses required for a degree, Navy Scholarship Midshipmen must take the following courses in order to commission:

·         Calculus (2 semesters) – completed by end of sophomore year

·         Calculus-based Physics (2 semesters) - completed by end of junior year

·         American Military History/National Security Policy (1 semester)

·         Regional Studies/Cultural Awareness (1 semester)

·         English/Other Writing Intensive (2 semesters)

·         Naval Science Lab and Courses (8 Courses)

Navy Option College Program course requirements

In addition to the courses required for a degree, Navy College Program midshipmen must take the following courses in order to commission:

·         College Algebra or Advanced Trigonometry (2 semesters) – completed by end of junior year

·         Physical Science (2 semesters) – completed by end of Senior Year

·         American Military History/ National Security Policy (1 semester)

·         Regional Studies/Cultural Awareness (1 semester)

·         English/Other Writing Intensive (2 semesters)

·         Naval Science Lab and Naval Science Courses (8 Courses)

Naval Science Courses

The Naval Science courses are instructed by the NROTC unit staff. Students will enroll in one Naval Science course each semester, unless otherwise directed. In addition, all NROTC students enroll in Naval Science Lab, a single course attended by all NROTC students intended to cover all program objectives not included in formal Naval Science courses. Topics cover Navy and Marine Corps policies, general military training, guest speakers, and other professional development subjects.  The normal Naval Science course progression is as follows:

Title

Year Taken

Introduction to Naval Science

Freshman / Fall

Sea Power in History

Freshman / Spring

Leadership and Management

Sophomore / Fall

Navigation

Sophomore / Spring

Naval Engineering

Junior / Fall

Naval Weapons Systems

Junior / Spring

Naval Operations

Senior / Fall

Leadership and Ethics

Senior / Spring

Naval Science Lab

All

Physical Fitness Assessment

Midshipmen are encouraged to achieve well above the established minimum standards on the PFA and are expected to improve their level of physical readiness achievement as they progress through the program.  All Midshipmen will complete one official PFA per semester.  The minimum required scores for Navy options are listed here:

Age Sex Curl ups Push ups 1.5 mile run
17 - 19 Male 62 51 11:00
17 - 19 Female 62 24 13:30
20 - 24 Male 58 47 12:00
20 - 24 Female 58 21 14:15
25 - 29 Male 54 44 12:53
25 - 29 Female 54 19 14:53

Battalion Physical Training

The NROTC Battalion will conduct multiple physical training sessions per week.  The trainings are typically held at the University of San Diego. Throughout the year the battalion will conduct hikes, beach runs, swim qualifications, and obstacle course events at regional military bases.

Swim Qualification

All midshipmen must be 3rd Class Swimmer qualified by the end of their freshman year and must re-qualify every year following.  Midshipmen may qualify as 2nd Class Swimmers and will be exempt from further testing.

3rd Class Swimmer

A 3rd Class Swimmer is described as a person who can stay afloat and survive without the use of a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) in open water under optimum conditions long enough to be rescued in a man-over-board situation. The 3rd Class Swimmer qualification is the minimum entry-level requirement for all U.S. Navy personnel.

2nd Class Swimmer

A 2nd Class Swimmer is described as a person who can stay afloat and survive without the use of a PFD indefinitely under optimum conditions. The 2nd Class Swimmer qualification is used as an entry-level requirement for Small Boat Operators, Naval Air Crewman and Rescue Swimmers

Midshipmen are required to attend various training programs during the summer. Some of these programs include:

  • NROTC Indoctrination Program: Summer BEFORE Freshman year. Basic militarization and training program REQUIRED for all midshipman entering program.

  • Nuclear Power: Midshipmen can be assigned to nuclear submarine or nuclear surface vessels

  • CORTRAMID: Navy ROTC second and third class scholarship midshipmen assigned to this training. Training consists of surface, submarine, aviation, and Marine Corps Orientation

  • Afloat Aviation Option: Selected midshipmen train aboard a carrier; training includes flight time on navy aircraft if feasible

  • Ashore Aviation Option: Selected midshipmen train with a Navy aviation squadron, including flight time if feasible

  • Foreign Exchange Training of Midshipmen (FOREXTRAMID) and Japanese Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF) Exchanges: Selected midshipmen train with Navies of other countries

  • Sea Trials: Professional military training and evaluation prior to junior year.