Frequently Asked Questions

Question: How much military service will I owe after graduating college?
Answer: Scholarship midshipmen owe eight years of service, four of which must be active duty. The remaining four 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, 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).