Frequently Asked Questions
Question: How much military service will I owe after graduating college?
Answer: Scholarship midshipmen owe eight years of service, five of which must be active duty. The remaining five will be inactive reserve where, in time of war and extreme personnel crisis, you could be called to serve. Thus, for all intents and purposes, you are required to serve five years. Those who go into training-intensive fields, such as Nuclear Power, Aviation, or Medical will incur longer service commitments.
Question: Will I have to go to boot camp?
Answer: No. Boot camp trains enlisted personnel, not officers. All NROTC midshipmen (Navy and Marine Option) are given a mandatory three-week New Student Indoctrination (NSI) at Naval Station Great Lakes during the summer prior to their freshman year. Navy Option midshipmen do not go to Officer’s Candidate School (OCS). Marine Option midshipmen will attend and must pass a six-week training program at OCS during the summer before their senior year.
Question: How do I apply for a Navy or Marine Corps NROTC Scholarship?
Answer: Details pertaining to a commission in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps can be found here. For more information regarding the NROTC Scholarship application deadlines and submission requirements, please visit here. If after thoroughly examining the aforementioned links you still have specific questions concerning NROTC at Rutgers/Princeton or officer accessions in the Navy and Marine Corps, please call our unit at (848) 932-8484.
Question: What does the NROTC program pay for?
Answer: Scholarship midshipmen receive full tuition or room and board, educational fees (such as lab fees), and $375 for books each semester. NROTC does not pay for room and board fees. Scholarship midshipmen also receive a tax-free stipend each month that classes are in session, depending on class standing (freshmen: $250, sophomores: $300, juniors: $350, and seniors: $400).
Question: If I drop from the NROTC program, do I owe anything?
Answer: Midshipmen on scholarship who leave the program during their first year do not have any financial or service obligations. College programmers do not have any obligations if they drop before picking up a scholarship or receiving advanced standing.
Question: How many hours a week do NROTC commitments require?
Answer: During a typical school week, NROTC commitments will occupy 10-15 hours of a Midshipman's time. These commitments include PT, Naval Science class, and Naval Science lab. Additionally, there are unit events that Midshipmen participate in on weekends. These events include, but are not limited to: Military Ball, Military Excellence Competitions, volunteering, and Field Exercises.
Question: Can I have the typical college lifestyle while being a Midshipman?
Answer: Yes! Outside of NROTC commitments, Midshipmen are able to live the "normal" college experience. Our Midshipmen join clubs, pursue hobbies, and are able to have jobs.
Question: What are the different types of jobs I can have as a Navy or Marine Corps Officer?
Answer: Visit our Careers page to see the various warfare communities you can be a part of.
Question: I have a question that wasn't answered on this page. Who can I contact?
Answer: Visit our Contact Us page. Our staff will be happy to answer any questions you have about the NROTC program.