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The Navy-Marine Corps Officer Education Program, administered and taught by the NROTC staff at the University of Idaho, is open to men and women and offers scholarships leading to reserve commissions in the Navy and Marine Corps and active duty as Navy or Marine Corps officers.
- Strengths of the program
- The Navy offers careers that match almost every talent and interest, including aviation, engineering, health care, intelligence and communication, law, public affairs, science, and more.
- The mission of the NROTC program is to develop midshipmen with the highest ideals of duty, honor, and loyalty in order to commission them as officers.
- Gain leadership opportunities in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps.
- Requirements and programs
Normally, students enter the program at the beginning of their freshman year; however, selected students may enter up to the beginning of their junior year. Students take 20 hours of professional courses taught by the Navy and Marine Corps staff of the NROTC unit. In addition to the professional courses, students enrolled in the NROTC Program must also participate in Naval Science Drill each semester.
Application for this program is made directly to the head of the Department of Naval Science. Students receive their uniforms and naval science textbooks at no cost and begin receiving a monthly stipend of $300 per month at the beginning of their junior year.
College Program students may be nominated by the professor of naval science for a two- or three-year scholarship as freshmen, sophomores, or first-semester juniors, if their grades and military aptitude marks are sufficient to warrant such nomination.
The program requires one training cruise during the summer following the junior year. It is an afloat cruise of the same type and with the same pay as described for the Scholarship Program. Graduates of this program are commissioned as reserve officers and ordered to active duty upon graduating.
The scholarship benefits include tuition, fees, a book allowance, and a monthly stipend of up to $350. Application for this program is normally made during the early fall of the student’s senior year of high school. Initial selections are based on college entrance examination scores (SAT or ACT) and high school academic performance.
A student on scholarship participates in three summer training cruises of four to six weeks duration. During the first cruise, students are introduced to the submarine, amphibious warfare (Marine Week), surface warfare, and aviation communities. The second and third cruises are aboard ships of the Pacific or Atlantic fleets and often include travel to Europe or the Far East. During summer cruises, the students receive one-half the pay of an ensign, in addition to room and board.
Graduates of this program are commissioned as reserve officers in the Navy or Marine Corps.
MARINE CORPS OPTION
Both male and female Scholarship and College Program students who desire a Marine Corps commission may apply for the Marine Corps Option during their first two years in college.
Students taking this option enroll in specialized classes on Marine Corps subjects during their junior year and participate in summer training at the Marine Corps Development and Education Center at Quantico, Virginia, during the summer following their junior year.
NAVAL SCIENCE INSTITUTE
Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship and College Program applicants entering the program after completing their sophomore year will be required to attend the Naval Science Institute during the summer between their sophomore and junior years.
At the NSI they will study the material taken by the four-year candidates during their freshman and sophomore years. On completing the NSI, candidates return to the university and complete their junior and senior years of the naval science curriculum with their peers.
Candidates in the two-year program will participate in one afloat cruise between their junior and senior years.
Applications must be submitted early in the second semester of the sophomore year. The top NSI graduates are awarded scholarships for their last two years of college. The remaining graduates enter the College Program and receive those benefits.
The NROTC program also offers scholarships leading to commissioning in the Navy Nurse Corps. Selected students attend one year of classes at WSU and then transfer to the WSU College of Nursing in Spokane, Washington, to complete the bachelor of science in nursing (BSN).
Application for this program can be made during the freshman year. For more information on degree requirements, see the College of Nursing website.
NAVAL SCIENCE MINOR
Students must take Introduction to Naval Science, Ship Systems I and II, and Seapower and Maritime Affairs. In addition, they choose four to six courses from the following: Navigation, Naval Operations, Evolution of Warfare, Naval Organization and Management, Naval Leadership, and Amphibious Operations.
Field trips to Navy and Marine Corps facilities are arranged periodically to allow the Navy-Marine Corps Officer Education Program members the opportunity to learn more about the naval service.
- Careers in naval science
Following graduation, the newly commissioned officer is offered a broad variety of duty assignments including duty on nuclear submarines and surface ships, in naval aviation, and ground or aviation assignments in the Marine Corps. All commissionees go on active duty at full pay and allowances immediately upon graduation.