We encourage all MECEP Marines to apply to Rutgers University or Princeton University and join our unit. Please see below for more information.
Q: How are MECEP Marines integrated into the NROTC program at Rutgers?
A: As a MECEP Marine, you will be a full-time participant in the NROTC unit. Your primary billet will remain as as student and academics will always come first. However, all MECEP Marines will participate in mandatory PT sessions and drill periods during the fall and spring semesters. MECEP Marines will be required to attend at least one Military Excellence Competition and two field exercises with the unit each year. MECEP Marines will also participate in the week-long New Student Orientation every August. MECEP Marines are not integrated in the midshipman chain-of-command and are also not apart of the NROTC staff. MECEP Marines have a unique, yet integral status within the battalion that allows them to serve as mentors to the midshipmen and aides to the NROTC staff (as needed).
Q: What order dictates the requirements of Marines in MECEP?
A: All requirements for Marines in MECEP can be found in the NSTC Regulations for Officer Development (ROD), which can be found under the "Current Midshipmen > Marine Option Midshipmen" page on our website.
Q: Who handles administrative requirements for MECEP Marines at Rutgers?
A: All admin questions and requests are handled by our satellite command - Battery G, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines, 4th Marine Division - which is located about an hour away from the unit at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst (JBMDL). The unit website can be found here.
Q: How does medical and dental work while at NROTC Unit Rutgers University?
A: All Marines will be assigned a primary medical and dental provider at the closest Naval installation, Naval Weapons Station Earle, which is approximately 35 minutes from the university. Further information about NWS Earle can be found at the base's website.
Q: What is the unit's weekly battle rhythm?
A: During the semester, the unit holds PT sessions from 0600-0700 on Monday and Wednesday that are mandatory for all Marines and midshipmen. On Fridays, the unit holds a one hour drill session with a two hour laboratory period immediately following drill that can include annual training, close order drill, leadership discussions, practical application, and other miscellaneous training that is advantageous to the midshipmen. For Navy-centric lab sessions, MECEP Marines may be excused as deemed necessary by the Marine Officer Instructor. Weekends are sporadically filled with unit requirements - you can expect to have at least one Saturday a month loaded with a unit requirement to support the unit's midshipmen.
All other questions regarding MECEP integration at NROTC Unit Rutgers University can be directed to our unit's current MECEP point of contact, SSgt Justin McBeth, via email at firstname.lastname@example.org