Secretary of Navy NROTC midshipmen
Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus takes a selfie with midshipmen assigned to the Navy ROTC program at Arizona State University, April 24, 2014. (Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Arif Patani/U.S. Navy)

An Officer and a Gentleman: The Benefits of Navy ROTC

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The Navy ROTC Program educates and trains young men and women for exciting careers as commissioned officers in the Navy or Marine Corps Reserve. As the largest single source of Navy and Marine Corps officers, the NROTC Scholarship Program can help prepare you for leadership and management careers in an increasingly technical Navy and Marine Corps.

If you are selected, you will be eligible for scholarships and receive full tuition, books, fees and other financial benefits at many of the country's leading colleges and universities.


The NROTC Scholarship Program is available to high school graduates. If you are selected, you will make your own arrangements for college enrollment, room and board. In addition to meeting NROTC specific academic guidelines, you will be expected to take the normal course load required by the college or university for degree completion.

Becoming an Officer

Upon graduation, you will be commissioned as an ensign in the Navy Reserve or a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps Reserve. Midshipmen without scholarships also may receive a commission through the College Program. College Program midshipmen must serve at least three years of active-duty service if they accept a commission. The service commitment times vary according to what community in which the graduate has selected to serve.

Navy Officer Career Opportunities

The Navy ROTC offers several career paths for young men and women interested in serving as officers in the U.S. Navy. These career-path options include:

  • Naval aviator (pilot)
  • Naval aviation (flight officer)
  • Naval special warfare officer (SEALS)
  • Submarine officer
  • Surface warfare officer

Next Step

If you are excited by the opportunity to get money for school and start a career as an officer in the U.S. Navy, then your next step should be to request more information by completing the ROTC information request form.

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