Q: Can I be a member of NROTC San Diego while attending a local area Community College.
A: No. You must be a student at USD, UCSD, SDSU, CSUSM, or PLNU to be part of the NROTC program. If you are in this situation, another avenue for selection as an officer is to attend Officer Candidate School, following completion of BA or BS from a 4 year university.
Q: I was told I am not physically qualified for the NROTC program, what can I do?
A: You will not receive a NROTC scholarship unless you are found physically qualified for the NROTC program. It is imperative that you become physically qualified before commencement of classes. If you are attempting to gain a waiver for some disqualifying physical condition and you start classes at the university, you will be responsible for payment of tuition, fees and books for that semester. If you are later found physically qualified for a NROTC scholarship during that same semester (i.e. your waiver is granted), your tuition, fees and book expenses can be reimbursed (case by case basis). If you are found not physically qualified for the NROTC program, tuition, fees and book expenses will not be reimbursed. If you are not sure if you are physically qualified or if you need information on how to get a waiver, please contact NSTC or the recruiter who helped process your application.
Q: What happens if I am a College Program Midshipman and don’t get a scholarship?
A: If you don’t earn a scholarship by the end of your sophomore year, you automatically apply for Advance Standing. Advance Standing; if granted will provide the Midshipman with the $200 stipend every month during the school year for the remaining two years. Upon graduation the Advanced Standing Midshipman receives the same commission as the Scholarship Midshipman. If the Midshipman has not been granted Advance Standing by the beginning of the junior year, he or she will be disenrolled from the ROTC program.
Q: What are the obligations of a NROTC Scholarship Midshipman upon commissioning?
A: Scholarship students that graduate and receive their commissioning are obligated to serve 8 years of commissioned service, 4 years of active duty and 4 years inactive reserve. This is in an unrestricted line billet (surface, submarine, aviation, or special warfare). If students go to flight school as Pilots or Naval Flight Officers, their obligations increase to 8 and 7 years of active duty respectively, from their winging date.
Q: What obligation do I owe as a College Program Midshipman with Advance Standing that is commissioned?
A: College Program commissionies are obligated to serve a minimum of 8 years commissioned service, 3 of these years must be active duty. The length of active duty is extended to 6 years for Naval Flight Officers and 8 years for jet Pilots upon receiving wings (7 years for helos or props).
Q: What exactly does a NROTC Scholarship pay for?
A: The scholarship covers full tuition at one of our five universities for two or four years depending on when the student applies for a scholarship. In addition each scholarship student receives: educational fees; uniforms; $375 towards books each semester; and a monthly subsistence allowance. The NROTC pays for scholarship students' initial transportation from home to school and from school to summer cruise training.
Q: Does the NROTC Scholarship pay for room and board?
A: No, the NROTC Scholarship does not pay for room and board. However, the University of San Diego does offer a grant to cover the full or partial cost of room and board, if the student is attending USD on a ROTC scholarship. This grant is available to scholarship students that have successfully completed the fall semester of their Freshmen year with a qualifying GPA. This is offered by the University to NROTC scholarship students only. The University of San Diego can cover up to 100% of room and board for a standard room, if the students agree to work 8 hours a week for the University. The other option available at USD is 50% of room and board with no work component required. San Diego State University, University of California, San Diego, Cal State San Marcos and Point Loma Nazarene University do not offer any room and board grants to ROTC scholarship students. All housing arrangements are made through the university, not through the ROTC unit. Please submit any requested deposits to ensure that a room is reserved for you.
Q: What type of work will I be doing for the University of San Diego if on room and board work component?
A: Students will become Resident Security Advisors and will stand watch at various times in the dormitories to enforce dorm rules and regulations. The hours vary and could be late into the night or very early in the morning.
Q: What do Midshipmen have to do in the NROTC program?
A: The requirement for ROTC students are significant. Midshipmen are required to take one Naval Science class each semester for four years. These classes provide instruction on topics from the history of the Navy to shipboard operations and engineering, as well as management and ethics. Students are also required to attend Drill in uniform one Saturday a month and group physical fitness training on Tuesday mornings from 0600 to 0700. Students that do not meet established physical standards will conduct additional physical fitness training on Thursday and Friday mornings from 0600-0700. There are also a number of professional development events that all students are expected to attend throughout the semester as well as 10 volunteer hours. Also, regardless of major, all students will complete Calculus I & II and Calculus Based Physics I &II (not a requirement for advanced placement but failure to achieve will negatively affect selection to advanced placement). Students on scholarship will also attend 1 month of summer training for three consecutive summers starting Freshman year.
Q: What does the summer training consist of for scholarship students?
A: The initial training is prior to freshman year, orientation. This training provides the basics to get the freshmen ready to join the Battalion. The first fleet summer training scholarship students attend is called Cortramid. Scholarship students attend Cortramid over the summer between their Freshmen and Sophomore years of college. Cortramid’s goal is to orient Midshipmen with the Navy. One week is devoted to exposure to the surface Navy, another to aviation, another to submarines, and the last spent with the Marine Corps. Midshipmen have the choice of attending Cortramid on either the west coast in San Diego, California or in the east at Norfolk, Virginia. The Midshipman’s second class cruise (summer training) is between their sophomore and junior years. The second class cruise is designed to give the midshipman exposure to the enlisted community. The Midshipmen will be assigned a highly motivated career Petty Officer running mate that will work with the midshipman on board ship performing enlisted duties. The Midshipman’s first class cruise is between their junior and senior year of college. The first class cruise is designed to provide the Midshipman with a realistic exposure to what it is like to be an officer. The Midshipman is assigned a LT or LTJG running mate. The Midshipman will shadow the officer and assist the officer on performing shipboard duties while in port and underway. It should be noted that Advance Standing Midshipmen are required to attend this first class cruise.
Q: If I have an NROTC Scholarship am I restricted on what my major can be? Do I have to take certain classes for NROTC?
A: Yes. Scholarship students, for the most part, are selected into Tier 1 and 2 technical fields leading to a Bachelor’s of Science degree and are expected to complete the Tier in which they were selected. Scholarship midshipmen must, in addition to fulfilling their degree requirements, complete one year of calculus, one year of physics, one year of English, a semester of Computer Science, and a semester of American History. They are also required to take one Naval Science class per semester. College Program Midshipmen that will commission with Advance Standing are required to take a semester of College Algebra, Physical Science, Computer Science, and one year of English. They are also required to take one Naval Science class every semester. While College Program Midshipmen can select any field leading to a Bachelor’s degree, the chance of being selected for Advance Standing increases with a technical degree, completion of Calculus I & II and Physics I & II, and a high college grade point average.
Q: What academic standards are there for NROTC Scholarship and College Program Midshipman?
A: Scholarship and College Program Midshipman must maintain a 2.5 Grade Point Average on a 4.0 scale, have no failing grades in any subject required for their major or commissioning, progress on a prescribed timeline for graduation, and have a full academic load every semester (15-18 units).
Q: Is the NROTC Program any different for Marine Option Midshipmen?
A: Yes and no. Marine Option Midshipmen are required to take six Naval Science classes. Two of these Naval Science classes are separate from the Navy Option Midshipmen. The Marine Option classes focus on the history of warfare and amphibious operations. Marine Option Midshipmen are not required to take all of the classes that Navy Options Midshipmen are required to take. Only one semester of Military History or National Security Policy is required. Marine Option Midshipmen attend all Battalion drills and functions. Roughly 1/6 of the NROTC Program is Marine Options. Marine Option Midshipmen compete and are ranked against their fellow Marine Option Midshipmen. There is a Marine Officer Instructor and an Assistant Marine Officer Instructor at the NROTC Unit that oversee all the Marine Options. Marine Option Midshipmen that are on scholarship are required to attend summer training as well. The first two summers of training are identical to Navy Option Midshipmen; they are required to attend Cortramid and a second class cruise that provides an enlisted experience. Between the Marine Options’ junior and senior year, he or she is required to attend Officer Candidate School or BULLDOG. After commissioning, all Marines must attend The Basic School (TBS) regardless of their Military Occupational Specialty (MOS).
Q: Is a Marine Option Scholarship different from a Navy Option Scholarship?
A: Yes, the Marine and Navy Scholarship process is different. However, some Midshipmen are allowed to transfer between Navy and Marine options if they so desire while they are in NROTC. College Program Midshipmen are also allowed to be Marine Options and work for a Marine Scholarship. College Program Marine Option Midshipmen must achieve Advance Standing by the end of their sophomore years in order not to be disenrolled. If the Marine Option Midshipman gains Advance Standing then he or she is awarded the $200 stipend and is required to serve 3 years of active duty.
Q: What if I received a 4yr NROTC scholarship to a university I was not accepted to?
A: Scholarship selection and placement is conducted by CNET. Write CNET and request that your scholarship be transferred to another university where you have been accepted. Be sure to include all of the applicable information (universities you have been accepted to, etc) and any extenuating circumstances. Only CNET has the authority to approve or disapprove this request. There is no guarantee that your request will be approved. Another option is to request, via CNET, a deferment of your 4yr scholarship to the next term or school year. This will not change the university where the scholarship is applicable, but the time the scholarship starts. In this way you can re-apply to the university and hopefully get accepted for the next school year. If you do not report to your assigned school as per the scholarship award letter prior to the commencement of classes in the fall, and you have not received an CNET approved deferment or transfer of your scholarship, it will be assumed that you have rejected your 4yr NROTC scholarship.
Q: What NROTC classes should I register in?
A: Freshmen should register for “Introduction to Naval Science,” Naval Science 101. For students at PLNU or UCSD, registration will be handled by our office after you report to the unit. These students will have the option of taking naval science class at either SDSU or USD.
Q: I will be attending UCSD, what special information do I need to know?
A: SDSU and USD are both semester universities. UCSD is on a term schedule. It has three terms for one academic year. Fall classes at UCSD commence later (end of September) than USD and SDSU, usually three to four weeks. Students participating in the NROTC program and attending UCSD are required to start their naval science class and drill at the commencement of the fall semester for USD and SDSU. This is prior to the commencement of fall classes at UCSD. This is to prevent the students from falling too far behind their peers in naval science classes and in military drill instruction. Waivers for this requirement will be considered for extenuating circumstances and on a case by case basis only. If you fall into this category, please contact us about your circumstances ASAP. Naval Science class and weekly drill is not held at UCSD. Students will be able to choose between USD and SDSU for Naval Science classes, but must attend drill at USD. USD is a short commute (~20 minutes by auto) from UCSD.
Q: What if I haven’t been granted a scholarship? Can I still join NROTC?
A: If a student hasn’t been granted a scholarship, he or she can apply to join the NROTC college program. To be accepted into the NROTC college program, you will need approximately the same level of standardized test scores, grades, physical fitness and leadership skills that scholarship students had to be selected for their scholarship. College program students (students that don’t have scholarships) do not go on summer training, but they may attend the initial orientation prior to the Fall semester. College Program students have a chance of picking up a 2 or 3 year scholarship. The College Program students are reviewed for scholarship selection twice a year. The granting of a 2 or 3 year scholarship is competitive nationally amongst all of the NROTC units and based upon the student’s college grades and military aptitude in NROTC.
Q. Where can I expect most of my NROTC training and events to occur?
A: The hub of NROTC activity is on the University of San Diego Campus. If you attend one of the consortium schools, you can expect to be traveling to the University of San Diego campus frequently. Drill and physical fitness training, as well as special events and most classes are on the University of San Diego campus. There are a limited number of NROTC classes that are held on the San Diego State University campus. Transportation from your home campus to the University of San Diego is the responsibility of the Midshipman, MECEP or Officer Candidate.
Q. Do I need to know how to swim in order to be part of NROTC?
A: Yes, it is dangerous to be a sailor or marine and not know how to swim. You will be tested and expected to meet the 3rd class swim level by the end of your first year in the program. You should show up ready to pass the swim test. If you can’t swim, you should learn before you report to the unit. Failure to meet this qualification will result in your removal from the program. Furthermore, the 3rd class swim level does require you to be retested every subsequent year until you meet the 2nd class swim level. Expect to be tested during your first term in the program. The requirements of the swim levels can be found at this website: